Verso Corp. (Miamisburg, Ohio) will indefinitely idle paper mills in Duluth, Minn., and Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., in response to an “unprecedented market decline” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the company says.
The mills produce graphic paper used in magazines, catalogs, and print advertising, as well as packaging papers and packaging kraft paper. The Wisconsin Rapids mill has the capacity to produce 540,000 tons of paper per year and the Duluth mill has a capacity of 270,000 tons—up to 48,000 tons of which Verso recently converted to recycled packaging, according to Resource Recycling. It plans to explore any “viable and sustainable alternatives” for the mills, including restarting if market conditions improve, marketing them for sale, or closing them permanently, Verso says.
Verso expects to idle the Duluth mill by the end of June and the Wisconsin Rapids mill by the end of July. The company will continue to produce graphic and specialty papers in roll and sheet form, as well as packaging papers and pulp, it says. Verso also operates mills in Escanaba and Quinnesec, Mich. Visit versoco.com.