Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. Takes Over Paper Mill’s Pension Plan

By Staff Report

Oct. 2, 2008

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. has taken over the pension plan of Marcal Paper Mills Inc. of Elmwood Park, N.J., the agency announced Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Marcal Paper filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2006, and sold substantially all of its assets to NexBank SSB, an affiliate of Highland Capital Management, on January 29, a news release from the PBGC says. That transaction closed May 30 and did not include the pension plan.
The PBGC estimates that the plan is 73 percent funded, with $18.7 million in assets to cover $25.7 million in benefit liabilities. The agency expects to be responsible for $5.4 million of the $7 million shortfall.

Officials at Marcal Paper and Highland Capital were unable to immediately comment.

Filed by Jennifer Byrd of Pensions & Investments, a sister publication of Workforce Management.

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