Hanover paper mill closure to lay off 165

A Connecticut-based paper manufacturer is idling its Hanover County newsprint mill, resulting in the layoff of 165 employees.

White Birch Paper announced Wednesday it is ceasing operations indefinitely at its Bear Island mill northwest of Ashland.

In a statement, President Christopher Brant said challenging market pricing and costs and declining demand necessitated the move. The Bear Island mill produced 240,000 metric tons of newsprint annually, including thermo-mechanical pulp and recycled content newsprint.

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