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Paper Recycling June 13, 2019 10:30:35 AM

McKinley Paper Co., Union Come to Terms on New Labor Agreement

Paul Ploumis
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As per the latest update provided by the company, the Ediz Hook paper mill is expected to begin production by September or latest by Q4 this year.
McKinley Paper Co., Union Come to Terms on New Labor Agreement

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Port Angeles, Washington-based McKinley Paper Company reached an agreement with unions on a new labor contract at its Ediz Hook paper mill, which it plans to reopen in near future. The company press release stated that it has reached an agreement with the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers Local 155.

The mill, previously owned by Nippon Paper Industries USA, was sold to McKinley Paper Company- a subsidiary of Bio-Pappel in April 2017. The purchase price of the mill was estimated at $20.6 million.

According to Edward Bortz, General Manager, McKinley, the new contract, which is similar to the previous agreement, was voted by the local union last week. However, he declined to announce details of the contract. The mill closure in March 2017 had resulted in lay off of around 150 workers. Fourteen employees have been working at the plant to keep it maintained since then. The company plans to add nearly 120 employees, upon the mill reaching full operations.

As per the latest update provided by the company, the Ediz Hook paper mill is expected to begin production by September or latest by Q4 this year. However, Fran McNair, executive director, Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) noted that the September 2019 opening is not viable, as the plant still awaits air quality permits from the State for its retooling plant. Also, McKinley is yet to submit the application for building and public works permits for the mill.

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