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Tranlin Says Tissue Mill Project in Chesterfield, Virginia to Be Delayed

Tranlin tissue paper products The Chesterfield project, first announced in 2014, includes a facility that will produce facial and bath tissue, paper towels and napkins made from straw purchased from local and regional farmers. The facility was expected to be fully operational by 2020.

May 10, 2017 - Delays continue to untrack the biggest economic coup in Chesterfield's history — a proposed $2 billion paper factory off Willis Road near the James River.

Chinese-owned Tranlin Inc. announced early last week that the project is being delayed due to the parent company's recent, unexpected success with a new “pulping, paper making and biostimulant fertilizer manufacturing facility in China."

The parent company, Shandong Tranlin Paper Company Ltd., is drawing in resources from other operations to bolster new research that could improve production efficiencies and reduce pollution, said Lisa Randall, associate director of corporate communications for Tranlin.

The recent delay is raising questions about Tranlin's ability to meet earlier commitments to the state regarding its construction timeline.

The Chesterfield project, first announced in 2014, was expected to employ 2,000 people and be fully operational by 2020. It's unclear how long the project will be pushed back by the recent delays, and what the improved “production efficiencies” may mean for the Chesterfield facility. Randall and state officials, however, say Tranlin, also known as Vastly Inc., is moving forward.

“Early indications from performance testing [at the Chinese facility] show that there will be significant efficiencies that will impact all aspects of Tranlin's U.S. business plans,” Randall said in an email. The company hopes to implement the new technology in its planned manufacturing facility in eastern Chesterfield.

The recent delay follows a series of earlier delays and setbacks. Early last fall, Tranlin officials said difficulties obtaining environmental permits were slowing the pulp mill's progress. And in March, the company's chief executive, Jerry Zhiyuan Peng, left the company.

The delays have come with financial consequences.

Read the full story on the Chesterfield Observer's website: www.chesterfieldobserver.com

SOURCE: Chesterfield Observer