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Top 10 'Most Read' Stories of 2019 Online at PaperAge

Dec. 31, 2019 - There were many, many news stories of significance that took place this past year. The stories below are the 'most read' stories by visitors on PaperAge's website in 2019 in terms of pageviews.

1. West Linn Paper Mill Site to Re-open as Willamette Falls Paper Company

Paper Mill in West Linn, Oregon

June 26, 2019 - Willamette Falls Paper Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Columbia Ventures Corporation in Vancouver, Washington, announced the purchase of the papermaking assets associated with the mill located in West Linn, Oregon and entered into a five-year lease with renewal options for the related real estate and buildings.

2. Soundview Paper's Marcal Paper Mill in Elmwood Park, NJ Destroyed by Fire

Marcal paper mill fire

Feb. 4, 2019 - A massive fire swept through Soundview Paper's Marcal paper mill in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, on the night of January 30, burning some 90 percent of the paper mill complex to the ground. No injuries were reported and Soundview Paper's president and CEO, Rob Baron, confirmed that none of the nearly 200 employees working at the mill at the time of the fire were injured.

3. White Birch Paper Closes Bear Island Newsprint Mill

Bear Island paper mill

March 11, 2019- Less than a year after it reopened, the Bear Island newsprint manufacturing mill in northern Hanover County is once again being idled. White Birch Paper Co., a Connecticut-based company that had restarted the mill last year after a previous shutdown in 2017, said that it will cease production of newsprint at the plant effective immediately. The plant employs about 140 people.

4. Georgia-Pacific to Shutdown Port Hudson Mill's Communication Papers and Pulping Operations by Mid-March

Georgia-Pacific's Port Hudson, Louisiana, pulp and paper mill

Jan. 10, 2019 - Georgia-Pacific announced that it is exiting the communication papers business following an assessment of its long-term competitive position in a declining market. As a result, the company will permanently shut down the communication papers machines, related converting assets, as well as the woodyard, pulp mill and a significant portion of the energy complex at its Port Hudson facility in Zachary, Louisiana.

5. Willamette Falls Paper Company Trials First Run of Non-wood Paper

Willamette Falls Paper Company

Nov. 4, 2019 - Willamette Falls Paper Company in West Linn, Oregon, has made its first successful trial of non-wood paper grades using pulp from local agricultural waste — producing both coated and uncoated grades using 10% non-wood pulp fiber. Additional machine and press trials are ongoing to refine the paper properties and specifications.

6. New-Indy Containerboard to Invest $240 Million to Convert Production at Catawba Mill to Containerboard Grades

Catawba Mill - No. 3 paper machine

Dec. 13, 2019 - New-Indy Containerboard announced plans to invest $240 million to convert production at its recently acquired pulp and paper mill in Catawba, South Carolina from lightweight coated paper to containerboard grades. New-Indy acquired the Catawba mill from Resolute Forest Products in October of this year for the total purchase price of about US$300 million.

7. Graphic Packaging to Invest $600 Million in a New Coated Recycled Board Machine in the Midwest

Graphic Packaging

Aug. 8, 2019 - Graphic Packaging Holding Company announced that its Board of Directors has approved a $600 million investment in a new coated recycled board (CRB) machine in the Midwest with annual capacity of approximately 500,000 tons. Graphic Packaging noted that the new machine's capability to produce 500,000 tons of CRB is expected to be capacity neutral by eliminating higher cost production at other facilities.

8. ND Paper Announces Strategic Capital Investments in Rumford and Biron Mills

ND Paper Rumford Mill R9 pulp machine

Oct. 8, 2019 (Press Release) - ND Paper announced it will strategically inject investment capital to improve the asset quality of its mills in Maine and Wisconsin in the coming year. "We have four mills, three of which were built more than 100 years ago," said Group Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ken Liu. "By focusing on high-return strategic investments, we are building world class, first-quartile mills that deliver innovative, high quality products for our customers."

9. Klabin's Directors Approve $2.3 Billion Puma II Project in Brazil, Includes Construction of Two Kraftliner Machines

Klabin Puma II

April 17, 2019 - KLABIN S.A. announced that after a detailed analysis of market conditions, engineering and viability studies, its Board of Directors on April 16 approved a 9.1 billion-real ($2.3 billion) containerboard expansion project named Puma II Project. Puma II consists of the construction of two new paper machines, along with production of integrated pulp, situated at the same industrial unit (Puma Unit) that Klabin operates in the municipality of Ortigueira in the state of Paraná, in southern Brazil.

10. Bracell Rebrands Pulp Operations in Brazil; Pulp Mill Expansion Project Underway

Bracell pulp mill in Lencois Paulista

May 8, 2019 - Bracell Group, which is part of Singapore-based RGE, has announced that it will rebrand its operations throughout Brazil under the newly refreshed Bracell brand. Bracell's pulp mill in Lencois Paulista (formerly Lwarcel) has also officially launched "Project Star," a substantial expansion effort to increase its current production capacity of 250,000 tons per year (tpy) by an additional 1,250,000 tpy

SOURCE: PaperAge