WestRock to close paper mill
That strange sulfur smell that newcomers to Daniel Island are often confused by will soon dissipate for good as the paper mill across the Cooper River shutters at the end of August.
WestRock Company announced it will permanently cease operating the mill in North Charleston on August 31.
“WestRock and its predecessor companies have had a long history in the region operating the North Charleston mill, and the contributions of the team members over the years have been greatly appreciated,” said David B. Sewell, chief executive officer at WestRock, in a press release. “The decision to close a facility and impact the lives of our team members is never easy, and we are committed to assisting our North Charleston team with exploring roles at other WestRock locations and outplacement assistance.”
The North Charleston mill employs approximately 500 people. Employees will receive severance and outplacement assistance in accordance with WestRock policy and labor union agreements, stated company officials in the release.
The North Charleston mill produces containerboard, uncoated kraft paper, and unbleached saturating kraft paper, with a combined annual capacity of 550,000 tons. Containerboard and uncoated kraft currently produced at the mill will be manufactured at other WestRock facilities. The release stated the company will discontinue any production of the unbleached saturating kraft paper business once the mill shuts down.
To read the complete press release from WestRock, click here.