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Steam rises above the SCA Tissue plant on East Butler Avenue.

The former SCA factory in Bellemont will be closing, with layoffs beginning in as soon as 55 days, according to a press release from the plant’s parent company, Essity.

The plants closure could mean the loss of as many as 120 jobs, starting in phases and continuing until the plant closes in the second half of 2019.

The Swedish hygiene company announced the plant’s closure early last week, with company officials saying the decision was made to “further improve efficiency and strengthen the competitiveness for the professional hygiene business in North America.”

In 2017, the Butler Ave. plant in Flagstaff was closed costing 78 jobs.

Updated for correction at 10:19 a.m. on September 24.

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