Paper rolling out of Hoquiam again

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 29 at 6:07 PM

HOQUIAM, Wash. -- They're making paper again in Hoquiam.

After a year and a half long shutdown, crews are churning out 10-ton rolls of paper made from 100 percent recycled materials at Harbor Paper.

Grays Harbor paper shut down in May of 2011, costing 230 people their jobs.

New owners reopened the plant this month with 180 employees, including Mike Johannes who started at the mill in 1965.
It's been a family affair for the Johannes. His father started at Grays Harbor paper in 1933.
Mike's two sons and four brothers worked there. When he was laid off in 2011, he figured the plant would never reopen.

"Paper mills are shutting down all over America and here we are back up and at it again," said Johannes, who believes reopening the mill will have an impact on the community.

Grays Harbor County could use the help. It has the highest unemployment rate in the state.
 

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