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TAA Decision 63700

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	DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

	Employment and Training Administration

TA-W-63,700

NEWPAGE CORPORATION
KIMBERLY MILL
FKA STORA ENSO NORTH AMERICA
KIMBERLY MILL
KIMBERLY, WISCONSIN
	
Certification Regarding Eligibility
To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance and
Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance
	
      In accordance with Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 
USC 2273), as amended, the Department of Labor herein presents the 
results of its investigation regarding certification of eligibility 
to apply for worker adjustment assistance.
      In order to make an affirmative determination and issue a 
certification of eligibility to apply for Trade Adjustment 
Assistance, the group eligibility requirements in either paragraph 
(a)(2)(A) or (a)(2)(B) of Section 222 of the Trade Act must be met. 
It is determined in this case that the requirements of (a)(2)(A) of 
Section 222 have been met. 
	     The investigation was initiated on July 16, 2008 in response 
to a petition filed by a company official on behalf of workers of 
NewPage Corporation, Kimberly Mill, formerly known as Stora Enso, 
Kimberly Mill, Kimberly, Wisconsin. Workers at the subject firm 
manufacture coated woodfree printing paper.  	      
	     The investigation revealed that employment declined from 2006 
to 2007.  Furthermore, employment, sales and production declined 
absolutely in August 2008.  
     The United States Department of Labor surveyed the subject 
firm's major declining customers regarding their purchases of 
coated woodfree printing paper in 2006, 2007, January through June 
2007 and January through June 2008.  The survey revealed increases 
in imports of coated woodfree printing paper during the period 
under investigation.  
	In accordance with Section 246 the Trade Act of 1974 (26 USC 
2813), as amended, the Department of Labor herein presents the 
results of its investigation regarding certification of 
eligibility to apply for alternative trade adjustment assistance 
(ATAA) for older workers.   
      In order for the Department to issue a certification of 
eligibility to apply for ATAA, the group eligibility requirements 
of Section 246 of the Trade Act must be met.  The Department has 
determined in this case that the requirements of Section 246 have 
been met.
      A significant number of workers at the firm are age 50 or over 
and possess skills that are not easily transferable.  Competitive 
conditions within the industry are adverse.
Conclusion
      After careful review of the facts obtained in the 
investigation, I determine that increases of imports of articles 
like or directly competitive with coated woodfree printing paper 
manufactured by NewPage Corporation, Kimberly Mill, fka Stora Enso, 
Kimberly Mill, Kimberly, Wisconsin, contributed importantly to the 
total or partial separation of workers and to the decline in sales 
or production at that firm or subdivision.  In accordance with the 
provisions of the Act, I make the following certification:
"All workers of NewPage Corporation, Kimberly Mill, fka Stora 
Enso, Kimberly Mill, Kimberly, Wisconsin who became totally or 
partially separated from employment on or after July 7, 2007 
through two years from the date of certification are eligible 
to apply for adjustment assistance under Section 223 of the 
Trade Act of 1974, and are also eligible to apply for 
alternative trade adjustment assistance under Section 246 of 
the Trade Act of 1974."
Signed in Washington, D.C., this 22nd day of August 2008

						/s/ Elliott S. Kushner

						 
                                    _____________________________
                                    ELLIOTT S. KUSHNER
                                    Certifying Officer, Division of 
                                    Trade Adjustment Assistance


      

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