Phoenix Paper to build £165m paper recycling facility in Kentucky, US

WCN Editorial Team 12 Aug 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Phoenix Paper has announced a $200m (£165m) investment in a new paper recycling facility as part of an expansion in west Kentucky, US.

The company acquired the site of the former Verso paper mill in Wickliffe and announced the completion of its first roll of paper in May. Verso closed the facility in July 2016.

Phoenix Paper said that 224 people are working at the reopened Wickliffe facility.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said that the latest investment will include a paper recycling facility.

The new facility, which will be opened in 18 months, is expected to employ 150 people. It will process recycled paper and export it to China for use in packaging.

Phoenix Paper is a subsidiary of Chinese manufacturer Shanying International.

The company said that the reopened facility is expected to produce 300,000 tonnes of paper per year.

It said that the design and equipment are being worked out and construction is expected to begin before the end of 2019.

The new facility will procure post-consumer cardboard and mixed paper from several regional locations. After the cleaning and screening of the raw material, the stock will be dried into industrial pulp and finished paper.

Bevin said: “This new recycling facility will bring a tremendous amount of additional economic activity to the West Kentucky region for decades to come. The project will further support Phoenix Paper’s commitment to create 500 good-paying jobs in Ballard County.

“The company’s ongoing investment in the Wickliffe region is truly proving transformative, and it further demonstrates how Kentucky leads the way as a destination for international investment in engineering and manufacturing.”

The company said that it is working with the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection to secure all environmental permits prior to the opening of the facility.

Phoenix Paper officials, along with Bevin and other leaders, announced a year ago that the company would purchase the mill for about $16m, invest $150m in refurbishing the facility, and reopen it to create 500 full-time positions.

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Image: Phoenix Paper to build £165m paper recycling facility in Kentucky, US. Photo: Courtesy of Phoenix Paper.

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