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Total Fiber Recovery to Invest $49 Million to Build Recycled Pulp Plant in Chesapeake, Virginia

recycled pulp TFR will begin operations in 2021 and annually process 300,000 tons of mixed paper and other recycled fiber from materials recovery facilities in and around Chesapeake, Virginia. Photo courtesy: Sustana.

March 3, 2020 - Governor Ralph Northam on Feb. 28 announced that Total Fiber Recovery LLC (TFR) will invest $49 million to establish its first recycled pulp production facility in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Virginia successfully competed with Maryland and South Carolina for the project, which will create 68 new jobs.

According to the Governor's office, TFR will begin operations in 2021 and annually process 300,000 tons of mixed paper and other recycled fiber from the region's materials recovery facilities (MRFs).

"The paper industry demands recycled pulp to make new products, and North America is home to some of the world's most advanced MRFs that produce high-quality recycled fiber," said Eric Herbert, President of Total Fiber Recovery. "From consumers recycling at their homes, to legislators and regulators developing creative waste management plans, to the dedicated MRF operators sorting out materials, Americans have shown that we care about recycling. All that is missing here is the capacity to achieve our goals, and that is what TFR provides.

"We could not be more excited to be a part of the solution and to start here in Chesapeake, and we thank the local leadership for helping us realize our vision. We are grateful for the support of Governor Northam, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Port of Virginia, Mayor West, and the Chesapeake City Council," Herbert added.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Chesapeake's Economic Development Department and the Port of Virginia to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Northam approved a $200,000 grant from the Commonwealth's Opportunity Fund to assist Chesapeake with the project.

Total Fiber Recovery is eligible to receive benefits from the Port of Virginia Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program, and funding and services to support the company's employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

SOURCE: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam