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Customs facility almost a 'go'


Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. and Boise Cascade have reached a tentative agreement with Revenue Canada which, once finalized, will allow construction of the new customs and immigration facility here to go ahead.

“We reached a tentative agreement on the issue of sterile-zone operating and that’s the last hurdle,” Jim Gartshore, general manager of the Abitibi mill here, said Thursday morning.

Once the agreement is finalized, the bridge authorities are expected to begin construction of the new roads for the facility while supplies for the building are ordered and delivered.

In related news, Abitibi is re-naming its paper products world-wide in order to reduce confusion caused by a variety of names for similar or identical products from mill to mill.

“Our customers were getting all confused with things and so were we,” noted Gartshore. “Every mill will call the products the same thing.”

The new product names all will start with “Abi” to signify Abitibi-Consolidated Inc., followed by the type of product.

For instance, the company’s high-bright grades produced here will be called Abi Bright 75 and Abi Bright 80 while the glossy Mando Gloss will be called Abi Cal SCA+.

Other new names will include Abi News for the company’s newsprint grades and Abi Light for the company’s lightweight telephone directory paper.

The change is scheduled to take effect this summer.

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