WestRock has confirmed it will permanently cease operating its paper mill in Tacoma, Washington, and will conclude production by September 30.
The company said that a combination of high operating costs and the need for significant capital investment were the determining factors in the decision to cease operations at the mill.
“WestRock is working to optimize our operational footprint and consolidate production in order to improve our return on invested capital, and we have made the difficult decision to close the Tacoma mill as part of this effort,” said David B. Sewell, CEO.
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The Tacoma mill produces kraft and whitetop liner and bleached pulp for a combined annual capacity of 510,000 tons. The majority of kraft and white top liner will be transitioned to other mills in the WestRock system to serve our customers in North America and international markets. Approximately 60,000 annual tons of pulp and 25,000 annual tons of specialty grade capacity will be reduced due to the shutdown.