Ponderay Newsprint shuts down paper mill in Usk, threatening economy of Northeast Washington

(Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Industry News

The Ponderay Newsprint Co. has indefinitely shut down its paper mill in the small town of Usk, likely dealing a major blow to the economy of rural Pend Oreille County.

The mill, which opened in late 1989, has employed more than 130 people and supplied newsprint for publications in the Midwest, along the West Coast, and in Asia and South America. The plant is jointly owned by Lake Superior Forest Products, a subsidiary of Quebec-based Resolute Forest Products, and five major U.S. publishers, according to its website.


Source: The Spokesman


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