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New hires and veteran paper makers coming together to get McKinley Mill ready to go

By Pepper Fisher
My Clallam Country
February 13, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES, Washington – The McKinley Mill in Port Angeles is not quite ready to go full-steam ahead, but new recruits are busy learning from seasoned veterans how to make their first giant rolls of paper from 100% recycled materials. The mill has been operating on a practice-and-warmup basis. The cogeneration plant is turning what would otherwise be waste wood into fuel to create steam that powers the rest of the mill. Smoke from the process is almost non-existent, and because the products they produce are made from recycled paper and not wood chips, the notorious odor that many Washingtonians have come to expect from a paper mill is a thing of the past. …The paper will later be used primarily for shopping bags, but another machine is being prepared to make cardboard products.

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