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Former Va. paper plant gearing up for new purpose

Saturday - 5/26/2012, 3:17pm  ET

ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. - The former International Paper mill in Isle of Wight is being reborn as fluff pulp plant employing about 220 people.

Fluff pulp is used in diapers, feminine-hygiene products and medical wipes.

The paper mill was shuttered in June 2010. For the past month, the plant has been completing renovations for its reopening in June.

The Daily Press ( http://bit.ly/JVAq9U) of Newport News reports that Carrsville International Paper has invested $83 million into the renovation. When completed, the mill will crank out up to 270,000 tons of fluff pulp annually.

Isle of Wight County Supervisor Rex Alphin said the county will begin receiving about $500,000 annually in machinery and tools tax revenue starting in December 2013.

When International Paper closed the plant, more than 1,100 people lost their jobs.

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Information from: Daily Press, http://www.dailypress.com


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