Former Nippon cogeneration plant shut down in Washington by McKinley Paper until mill restarts

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Former Nippon cogeneration plant shut down in Washington by McKinley Paper until mill restarts

April 18, 2017 - 16:08
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PORT ANGELES, WA, April 18, 2017 (Peninsula Daily News ) -The former Nippon Paper Industries USA cogeneration plant has been shut down and eight of its workers laid off as the paper mill breathed its last breath — in its present form — for up to 18 months, McKinley Paper Co. spokeswoman Cathy Price said Monday.

Price, Nippon’s former human resources manager, is now filling that role with Mexican-owned McKinley, which purchased the mill March 31 from Japanese-owned Nippon for $20.6 million.

McKinley on Friday stopped staffing the cogeneration plant, which produced steam for the mill and electricity for sale while fewer than 30 former Nippon employees will stay on with the new owner in various capacities that don’t involve production, said Price, declining to specify a number.

Peninsula Daily News - Former Nippon cogeneration plant down; fewer than 30 employees retained

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