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McKinley Paper Puts Machine Conversion on Hold at Port Angeles Mill

McKinley Paper Company - Port Angeles paper mill Photo courtesy: Peninsula Daily News.

Feb. 26, 2018 – According to a news story in the Peninsula Daily News, McKinley Paper Company has indefinitely postponed plans to convert its Port Angeles paper mill in Washington to the production of linerboard. The mill, which McKinley Paper acquired from Nippon Paper Industries in March of 2017 for $20.6 million, previously produced paper used primarily for newsprint and telephone directories. A cogeneration facility was also included in the sale.

McKinley had planned to have one of the mill's two machines converted for the production of linerboard and ready for start-up by December of this year, but Herb Baez, vice president of McKinley told the Peninsula Daily News, “That's not going to happen.”

“We are taking it a day at a time,” Baez added.

Baez said he hopes the plant can begin production in 2019 but could not be more definitive.

“Right now, we don't have anything specific,” he said.

“I don't want to raise expectations.

“Things are happening in the market.”

McKinley Paper Company has operated as a subsidiary of Mexico-based Bio Pappel since 1997.

Bio Pappel is an integrated producer of containerboard, uncoated free sheet, newsprint, corrugated boxes, cut size paper, notebooks, paper sacks, and other specialties. The company operates 30 production facilities and 13 recycled fibers collection centers in Mexico, the U.S. and Colombia. Currently, Bio Pappel employs 11,068 people and produces approximately 3.2 million metric tons per year of paper and packaging grades.

SOURCE: Peninsula Daily News, and Bio Pappel

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