National Gypsum plans to modernize wastepaper stock preparation at Milton, Pennsylvania, wallboard paper mill, says decision not to buy steam and electricity for Milton mill from proposed tire-fueled power plant based on sharply lower natural gas prices

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina , January 13, 2014 (press release) – National Gypsum Company has re-evaluated its long-term energy needs and terminated its agreement with En-Tire Logistics to purchase steam and electricity from burning shredded tires. En-Tire had planned to install and operate a generator next to National Gypsum’s Milton, PA, plant.

The National Gypsum recycled paper plant uses natural gas to fuel its boiler. Since the En-Tire project was first proposed, the price of natural gas has fallen significantly. The savings National Gypsum had hoped to realize by purchasing steam and electricity from the En-Tire project are no longer applicable.

Although National Gypsum firmly believes the En-Tire project is environmentally sound and would have provided good-paying jobs, the company also has heard and considered the objections of the White Deer community. National Gypsum has been a long-time citizen of the area with a good working relationship with area residents. We want that relationship to continue.

Finally, we want our Milton Plant associates to know the company is committed to supporting their plant and, in fact, will be investing in the plant this year by modernizing our recycled paper stock preparation capabilities.

Editor’s Note: National Gypsum produces paper from recycled stock at its Milton facility. The paper is used to face gypsum wallboard produced at other National Gypsum facilities. National Gypsum is the second largest producer of gypsum wallboard in the nation and also manufactures interior finishing products and cement backerboard.

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