Most of 1,100 jobs lost during closure of IP's paper mill in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, will be replaced by two new businesses, says study, including IP's new fluff pulp mill
ISLE OF WIGHT, Virginia
July 30, 2012
– A new study predicts that two new businesses in Isle of Wight County will replace most of the 1,100 jobs lost when International Paper closed a paper mill in 2010.
But the study by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership says localities won't receive as much tax revenue.
International Paper converted the mill into a fluff pulp plant that employs about 220 workers. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is preparing to open a roasting, grinding and packaging facility that will employ 800 workers over five years.
The study says additional indirect jobs are expected to be created in engineering, restaurant and other professions.
Isle of Wight County Supervisor Dee Dee Darden tells the Daily Press that she believes the new companies will draw other businesses and revenue to the county.
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