Olin announced today that they will be closing their Dalhousie, NB plant. They acquired the plant in August 2007 when they purchased Pioneer.
They will "close its Dalhousie, New Brunswick, Canada chlorine, caustic soda, and sodium hypochlorite operations by early June and its sodium chlorate operations in August. A caustic soda storage and distribution terminal will begin operating in June at the facility."
Just what Dalhousie needs, another closure, another 50 jobs lost on top of the 330 lost when Abitibi-Bowater closed up in January.
I don't know if the distribution terminal will get any rail business, but this may spell the end of the Dalhousie branch of the NBEC. This might become a thing of the past:
Other coverage: CBC, Canoe.ca
NBEC 1857 shunts the yard outside the paper mill in Dalhousie, 1999/05/03 - one of my very first railfan photos.