Paper cuts deep: The evolution of Wisconsin’s paper industry

By Lydia Larsen
The Badger Herald
December 6, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US East

When Mike Grosskreutz started working at the Wisconsin Rapids paper mill in 1980, he thought his job would last until retirement. After all, the paper mill was the place everyone in the area wanted to work. Forty years later, Verso, the then owner of the Wisconsin Rapids paper mill, announced their plan to shut down the mill in June 2020. …Wisconsin’s paper industry is as old as the state itself, with Wisconsin’s first paper mill starting production in 1848. …Wisconsin Rapids is one of the latest mill closures in Wisconsin’s paper industry. In the past three decades, at least a dozen paper mills closed with many sitting empty. …After Verso closed the Wisconsin Rapids mill in 2020, the company merged with BillerudKorsnäs AB. The Swedish company is currently running its paper mills in Escanaba and Quinnesec, Michigan, with no apparent plans for the Wisconsin Rapids paper mill.

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