published Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

McMinn County paper mill starts $105 million project

CALHOUN, Tenn. — Resolute Forest Products today launched a $105 million expansion of its pulp and paper mill that officials said positions the McMinn County factory for the future.

Richard Garneau, chief executive of the Montreal, Canada-based company that took over the former Bowater plant here, said the work is the global company’s biggest single investment in 2014. It will permit the factory to grow its specialty and commercial paper production and increase quality, he said.

The expansion, to be completed in late 2015, will install a modern 220-foot-high pulp digester, or cooker, and other wood-chip processing equipment. The project will add about 50 jobs at the plant that now employs 540 people.

Bill Hagerty, commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, said the project will help the company make higher demand products.

“It’s a transformation of the site,” he told about 100 people on hand for a groundbreaking at the McMinn County factory that is marking 60 years of operation.

See more in Wednesday’s Times Free Press.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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