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July 1, 2004
By Pulp & Paper Canada

GOING, GOING, GONE

GOING, GOING, GONE

ANDERSON, CA — How long does it take to sell a former paper mill site? About 30 seconds.

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A half a minute was the time it took realtor Ken Robison to secure his purchase of the Shasta Paper Co. mill site at an auction held on the steps of the Shasta courthouse. Forking over $500,001 for the deal, Robison was the only bidder on the former pulp and paper mill.

The insolvent mill operated in Anderson for 38 years before closing its doors for the last time in August 2001. Robison’s purchase came one month after initial attempts in April 2004 to sell the mill with a price tag of $1.5 million were unsuccessful.

The word was mum on what plans Robison has for the former plant.

FIRST PAPER BUYS BANKRUPT MILL

LINCOLN, ME — In a bankruptcy bailout, First Paper Holding opened wide its purse strings and took out $23.7 million to purchase the former Eastern Pulp and Paper mill. The reopening of the newly named Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill has secured 360 jobs that will come fully into effect by the end of July or early August 2004.

The mill first closed its doors in January 2004, after filing for bankruptcy protection in 2000. Despite the initial closure, financial plans were set in motion in an attempt to keep the company running when governor John Baldacci insisted the mill’s closure or liquidation were not viable options.

The plant has resumed tissue production and 50 people are currently back to their jobs. Interest is also being directed at the possibility of reinstating Eastern’s other mill in Brewster, to an operational status.

CASCADES OWNER OF GREENFIELD SAS

KINGSEY FALLS, QC — Through a buy-back transaction Cascades Inc. has become the sole proprietor of the Greenfield SAS deinked pulp plant in France. Cascades bought back the 50% interest held by its partner Dalum Papir A/S. However, the terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Greenfield opened its doors in 1997 as the first Cascades European plant and its ninth worldwide to manufacture market pulp from wastepaper stock. Its deinked pulp production is dried and sold to producers of fine papers, packaging products and tissue papers in Europe and overseas. Mario Plourde, president of Cascades’ specialty products group conveyed his confidence in the undertaking by saying, “The plant’s proximity to the Paris region affords us easy access to high quality recycled fibres. Dried pulp is easily transportable, which gives the plant access to an important market.”

The plant has an annual production capacity of approximately 150,000 metric tons.

DTE BUYS ENERGY SERVICES COMPANY

ANN ARBOR, MI — DTE Energy Services and Regency Affiliates have completed the purchase of Mobile Energy Services, an onsite energy facility that supplies steam and electricity to a Kimberly-Clark tissue mill in Mobile, Alabama.

The acquisition was actualized through special purpose subsidiaries of DTE Energy Services and Regency Affiliates.

Under a 15-year agreement with Kimberly-Clark, MESC will be the mill’s sole steam supplier and will provide for many of its electricity requirements. The energy facility is located on roughly 11 acres of land within the Mobile mill.


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