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Former NewPage Paper mill in Niagara Sold – Fox 11 Reports

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Reprint of Cameron Clark Report – With Video

Updated: Monday, 14 Feb 2011, 6:17 PM CST
Published : Monday, 14 Feb 2011, 6:17 PM CST

 Check out the link CLICK HERE and Related Video on FOX 11 – February 14th

NIAGARA
– The former NewPage paper mill in Niagara has been sold. The buyer says he plans to redevelopment the property and hopes to bring jobs back to the area.

While bridge construction on Hwy. 141 sends most traffic around Niagara now, a certain amount of business has detoured the city for much longer.

“We’ve slowed down quite a bit,” said Tina Marcouiller with Marcouiller’s Food Center. “The town is hurting from not having a big mill like we have in the past”

“We’ve slowed down quite a bit,” said Tina Marcouiller with Marcouiller’s Food Center. “The town is hurting from not having a big mill like we have in the past”

For the past two-and-a-half years, the former NewPage mill has sat silently. It shut down in July, 2008 because of a lack of demand for its coated paper, taking about 300 jobs from the surrounding area.

Last Friday, the city got the long-awaited news that a sale had been finalized.

“It was a relief,” said Niagara Mayor George Bousley. “But now I say the work begins.”

The head developer of Niagara Development LLC, Eric Spirtas says he has worked with several groups, including state and local governments, to study how the facility could be reused, outside of the paper industry. While he says talks and planning continue, the development will likely use one of the area’s most abundant resources.

“There’s a fantastic woody mass area that can produce tons and tons of biomass and that bio material can be used to produce energy,” said Spirtas, who is based out of the St. Louis Area.

Spirtas says his group is in contact with several companies interested in facility.

“So we can bring what we all want which is job opportunities, job creation,” he said. “And not just small-scale jobs — long-term jobs, careers.”

Those involved in the project say they plan to keep moving forward, it could still be a lengthy process.

“I would say within a year we should have a fair amount of activity there,” said Bousley. “To have it where we’d be developing to where we want it, I’d say a three to five year swing.”

Neither NewPage nor Spirtas have released the purchase price.

The city of Niagara currently owns about 50 acres of the more 1,300-acre property which is used for tire production and is expected to continue with the planned development.

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  1. Paper mills are known sites of asbestos exposure: http://www.weitzlux.com/asbestos-paper-mill_1935909.html

    Grace

    May 12, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    • Very interesting. We are planning new manufacturing at this site… What are your thoughts about the past asbestos? NewPage had contractors remove asbestos as the machines were upgraded.

      globalcontractor

      May 12, 2011 at 8:16 pm

  2. Having something like that sit for almost three years is a long down time. The paper mill being sold is a very good news and relief to the residents in the area as it means more jobs and a bit of economic lift.

    Used Paper Machinery

    September 21, 2011 at 10:39 am


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