YOU ARE HERE: IVPress HomeCollections

Calexico Tissue set to call back employees?

January 19, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — There may be some good news this week for laid-off employees of Calexico Tissue Co.

Plant manager Javid Nassir plans to make a formal announcement Wednesday. He didn't say what the announcement might entail but he seemed to be in good spirits Friday afternoon.

Last week, rumors of callbacks were circulating among the 100 or so former company employees laid off Dec. 7.

One former employee who hasn't yet received a call wanted to know who was getting called and why. Nassir said Friday he was traveling and wouldn't address specific questions.

He wouldn't say where he was going, either.

On Thursday, a skeleton crew worked at the Portico Boulevard plant. At the loading docks big rig trailers sat empty. The plant's main processing facility remained silent.


According to a press release from Calexico Tissue's parent company, embattled American Tissue Corp. of New York, will focus on consumer and food service product lines as it works to return to profitability.

The new company spokesman, Ken Schwenk, said, "By adopting this strategy, American Tissue will optimize the utilization of its facilities and personnel on its traditional customer base and lower its costs."

American Tissue filed for Chapter 11 protection Sept. 10.

Restructuring specialists from Chicago are in charge of turning around the embattled corporation.

One of the partners at the Chicago firm of Brent Kugman and Associates said he was optimistic about the future of the Calexico plant but he couldn't guarantee it would reopen.

Meanwhile a number of former employees of American Tissue Corp. have landed with a company called American Paper Corp. Both American Tissue and American Paper are based in Hauppage, N.Y.

The former spokesman for American Tissue, Kurt Goldschmidt, has signed on to write press releases for American Paper. On Jan. 8, Goldschmidt touted the arrival of the former sales manager and sales staff of American Tissue to American Paper .

Goldschmidt said American Paper is not affiliated with American Tissue.

Calexicans may remember Goldschmidt from his time with American Tissue. He appeared before the city's Redevelopment Agency board to ask for hundreds of thousands of dollars to expand Calexico Tissue's manufacturing plant.

More than $300,000 in RDA funds loaned to Calexico Tissue has not been repaid, according to city officials.

At the time of its bankruptcy filing, American Tissue owed millions of dollars to various city governments, former business partners and La Salle Bank of Chicago.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or

Imperial Valley Press Online Articles