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Neenah Paper Plans Mill Expansion

Appleton, Wisconsin, USA 12 February 2015 -- (From the Post Crescent) -- Neenah Paper Inc. announced that it plans to construct a new manufacturing plant in Appleton's industrial flats to produce specialty filter papers.

The expansion of the company's Appleton Mill would buck the trend of paper mill closings and consolidations that has characterized the paper industry in the past 20 years.

Howard Piotrowski, manager of the Neenah Paper's Appleton and Neenah mills, described the project as "exciting and compelling."

"For us to be vibrant and looking at major investment, not only in the Appleton Mill, but in the Valley, it's just welcome," he said. "This will support the Fox Valley, which is basically a paper industry institution."

Piotrowski declined to disclose the estimated cost of the project.

The 44,000-square-foot plant would be built on a peninsula of vacant land south of the Fox River and north of a power canal off South Vulcan Street. The property is part of Neenah Paper's Appleton Mill, which encompasses 10.5 acres.

The expansion would include manufacturing space, utility rooms, offices, a covered tank farm for methanol and resin storage, a covered delivery area, a truck dock and parking. The operation would use a proprietary system, according to documents filed with Appleton planners.

"We would actually make the base paper within the Appleton Mill and then that paper would be transferred to where this new building would be," Piotrowski said. "We would put some chemical technology into it to create the end product."

Piotrowski said if the permitting process goes as planned, construction could begin in May or June and be completed within two years.


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