History coming to an end with plan to close Sheffield paper mill

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History is set to come to an end with the closure of one of north Sheffield’s largest employers - at a cost of 161 jobs.

Swedish firm SCA, which now owns Oughtibridge Paper Mill, has announced the plant is to close in 2015.

The site dates back to Victorian times, when it was founded as Peter Dixon’s Mill, and employed several thousand people in its heyday.

But paper production ceased after the 2007 floods, leaving only processing and packaging of paper brought in from another mill in Lancashire.

In a statement, SCA said it was holding a 45-day ‘period of consultation’ on the future of the site, which it acquired after buying US firm Georgia Pacific’s entire European operation in 2012.

Current work at Oughtibridge involves converting rolls of paper made elsewhere into commercial toilet rolls, paper hand towels, wiper rolls and medical rolls.

A review of operations has concluded that the site should be closed in early 2015 and some of the converting lines relocated to another SCA facility at Skelmersdale in Lancashire.

Meanwhile, the logistics operation is to move to Ashton-in-Makerfield, near Wigan.”