03/12/2012 11:35 EDT | Updated 05/12/2012 05:12 EDT

Bowater Mersey paper mill in Nova Scotia begins three-week shutdown

LIVERPOOL, N.S. - A paper mill in Nova Scotia begins a three-week shutdown today.

Resolute Forest Products (TSX:ABH) announced last month it was temporarily closing its Bowater Mersey paper mill in Brooklyn because world markets are saturated and there's a shortage of new orders.

It's the second shutdown at the mill since before Christmas, when it was closed for three weeks for the same reasons.

Late last year, unionized workers at the mill voted to cut 110 jobs in an effort to reduce labour costs and help save the operation, which used to employ about 300 people.

The provincial government also recently announced a $50-million rescue package aimed at saving the mill.