WestRock Co. announced a reconfiguration of its North Charleston paper mill Monday that will eliminate of 260 jobs in the first half of next year at one of the region’s oldest industrial employers.

The Norcross, Ga.-based packaging firm said it will shut down one of the three paper machines at the Virginia Avenue site to reduce annual linerboard capacity by about 288,000 tons. Job reductions will start in January and will continue over a five-month period.

“We understand that this reconfiguration will impact our employees, their families and the community,” WestRock CEO Steve Voorhees said in a statement. “Our teams are working to provide support and resources to our employees and their families as we move forward.”

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