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Norpac has started up a paper machine it had idled last fall and has filled most of the 50 open positions related to the restart, spokesman David Richey said Friday.

The company was able to hire back many of the individuals laid off when PN1 shut down last fall.

There are still some openings. The majority of the jobs will initially be part-time but Norpac hopes to make them full-time over the next few months, Richey said. The mill directly employs about 300 non-union workers.

The formerly idled paper machine, which is now at full operation, will run on a limited basis as the company continues its trade complaint against Canadian newsprint producers with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

"We’re hopeful (the paper machine) will remain in full operation as the trade case continues to move forward," Richey said. "In part what Norpac needs to compete is a level playing field and our hope is the trade case will level the playing field."

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