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White Birch to Reopen Richmond, Va. Mill
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Richmond, Virginia, USA 12 July 2018 -- (From news reports) -- On Wednesday, JLL, a commercial real estate firm that has been handling efforts to sell the facility for White Birch Paper Co., announced that White Birch plans to restart operations at the mill in the next three months.

That announcement included comments from Chris Brant, president and chief operations officer of White Birch, who said the company had decided to reopen the mill because of "a temporary state of undersupply" in the newsprint market.

A spokeswoman for JLL and a vice president in JLL's Richmond-area office declined to comment beyond what the release said, including how many employees would be hired.

The mill, located just south of the Kings Dominion theme park, produced newsprint for The Times-Dispatch and other Virginia publications, but its owner, Connecticut-based White Birch, idled the factory in June 2017, costing about 165 employees their jobs.

When White Birch announced the closure last year, the company blamed it on "difficult market pricing, challenging cost fundamentals and declining demand" in newsprint.

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