Fusion Paperboard nears press section project at Connecticut mill, downtime planned for three weeks

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Fusion Paperboard nears press section project at Connecticut mill, downtime planned for three weeks

May 22, 2013 - 11:26

SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2013 (RISI) -Fusion Paperboard is nearing a $3.5 million project to rebuild the entire press section of its 100% recycled coated paperboard mill in Versailles, CT. Other projects include an overhaul of a GE turbine that powers the 139,000 tons/yr machine.

Metso is the prime supplier. The state of Connecticut provided a 10-year, 3% loan of $3 million toward investments at the 51-year-old Sprague mill.

Paperboard production will continue up through the week of May 31, with the official downtime beginning June 1, lasting for the first three weeks of the month, and restart scheduled in the last week.

"We understand this is an extraordinary event, and one that we have thought long and hard about in beginning this project," said Fusion VP sales and marketing Hank Somer. "However, it was decided it was something that had to be done, and with that as our backdrop decided to move ahead with this undertaking."