CALEXICO — Ken Schwenk of Hauppauge, N.Y.'s American Tissue Inc. said there are no plans to ramp up production at the Portico Boulevard Calexico Tissue Co. plant here despite rumors that some laid-off employees were recently called back to work.
Schwenk said the handful of employees working at the plant are just there to convert leftover bulk paper rolls into napkins and hand towels. Once those bulk rolls have been processed, the remaining few employees could be let go.
There have been no recent shipments of bulk paper rolls to the Calexico plant.
Calexico Tissue's full-production facilities were shuttered Dec. 7. Since then, a skeleton crew has answered the phones and worked to process the bulk rolls left from the plant's salad days.
Schwenk said there is still a possibility the plant could reopen sometime this year but no announcement is imminent.
At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Calexico Tissue plant manager Javid Nassir said he could not take a phone call because he was eating. Late, a call to his cell phone went to his voice mail. Earlier Tuesday he said he was on the "other line."