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ST Paper Restarts Idled Duluth Mill

ST Paper has begun the production of tissue at the Duluth Mill.

New Andritz tissue manufacturing equipment.

ST Paper, a privately owned Wisconsin company, has successfully reopened the Duluth mill, which had been shuttered by Verso Corporation in June 2020, after conversion to tissue production.

A newly installed production operation focused on Andritz tissue manufacturing equipment restarted on January 20 and is turning out 200 tons per day of wholesale tissue, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

The plant conversion was supported by loans from the Minnesota Investment Fund (a Minnesota state government entity) and the City of Duluth. The Verso mill employed 220 people. A larger mill closed at the same time in Wisconsin Rapids, which remains shuttered.

ST Paper has reopened two other paper mills, starting with one in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin in 2007, and converted them to producing recycled tissue.

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