McKinley buys nippon paper mill

Linerboard manufacturer McKinley Paper Co., Prewitt, NM, has bought the Nippon Paper Industries USA (NPIUSA) mill in Port Angeles, WA.

The mill was shut on March 31 for up to 18 months for refurbishment. One report said that at least one of the two paper machines will be converted to produce linerboard. The deal includes a co-generation plant. McKinley, the American subsidiary of Mexico- based recycled paper manufacturer Bio Pappel, was reported to have paid $20.6 million for the property. McKinley also operates paper collection and recycling centers in Texas, Arizona and Colorado. Bio Pappel is the only Mexican paper company in the US.

Nippon Paper acquired the mill in 1988 in order to produce printing and writing papers including telephone directory paper but it recently faced diminishing demand for its products.

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