‘So much for antitrust?’ – Labor Press article criticizes government approval of WestRock-KapStone merger [From the web]

PORTLAND, OR, Dec. 6, 2018 (Local News) -Northwest paper mill workers, by now used to painful disappointments, got another one in November: Federal anti-monopoly regulators stood aside and allowed the nation’s second largest paper producer to gobble up the nation’s fifth largest paper producer. The $3.5 billion acquisition of Chicago-headquartered KapStone by Atlanta-headquartered WestRock is the latest in a decade-long spree of mergers and acquisitions that have reduced competition and restricted supply in the U.S. paper and cardboard packaging industries — and led to a wave of job-killing mill closures.

“WestRock has set a pattern: Buy competitors, close mills, reduce supply, ...

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