Sappi Announces Public Auction of Muskegon Mill Assets

Sept. 7, 2010 - Sappi Fine Paper North America said that a public auction will be held September 29, 2010 by LiquiTec Industries, in association with Can-Am Machinery, to sell the assets from Sappi's permanently closed coated paper mill in Muskegon, Michigan (USA).

Equipment from the Muskegon pulp mill, paper mill, and converting facility, will be for sale, Sappi noted.

The Muskegon mill, which is located on Muskegon Lake on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, was idled on April 1, 2009 due to a weakened market for its products. On Aug. 26, 2009, Sappi said it would permanently cease operations at the coated fine paper mill.

At the time of closure, the mill operated one paper machine, PM5, which had an annual capacity of 170,000 tons, producing text and cover weight coated woodfree papers used in annual reports, brochures and catalogs.

Primary assets up for bid include a 174" wire width paper machine wet end, 2004 Bielomatik folio ream wrapper, Jagenberg Synchro 86" folio sheeter, Jagenberg converting complex sheeter and ream carton packaging line, Voith pulper, and a MSK/Covertech automatic shrink wrap skid carton line.

For a list of the Muskegon Mill assets up for bid, visit: www.liquitec.net.

SOURCE: Sappi See related story:
Sappi to Permanently Close Muskegon, MI Mill (8/26/2009)