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Breaking news: 50 temporarily laid off at Big Island Georgia Pacific mill

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By Tom Wilmoth

A failure in one of its mills, coupled with the overall economic slowdown, caused Georgia-Pacific's Big Island Mill to temporarily lay off 50 employees this week, according to Zoe Miles, public affairs manager for the plant.

    Miles said this week that there had been an electrical transformer failure at the plant's medium mill. She said because of the length of time it would take to make repairs and the downtime that would have resulted in several machines, the temporary layoff was implemented. She added that slack economic conditions also added to the decision to scale back the mill's operations this week by 50 employees. “We anticipate bringing back the normal shift on Monday at 6 a.m.,” Miles stated Wednesday.

    The Big Island mill has about 325 employees.

    Miles said she wasn't aware of anything that would affect the plant being back to full operations on Monday, but she added that the economic downturn had affected the entire forest product industry.

    “We're looking forward to bringing everybody back on Monday,” she said.