Franklin fluff pulp mill begins production

Franklin fluff pulp mill begins production

Credit: International Paper

Franklin Mill team member Glenn Banty looks out over the mill’s supply of wood chips that has been built in preparation for starting up manufacturing operations.

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WVEC.com

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 6 at 12:37 PM

FRANKLIN -- The new fluff pulp plant in Franklin is up and running day and night.  

More than 200 people are working at the former paper mill which now manufactures fluff pulp, a key ingredient in super absorbent products such as baby diapers, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products and medical wipes.

It's in the early stages of operation and, when in full production, the plant will manufacture about 840 tons of high-quality fluff pulp per day.

“We have accomplished so much in the past year to get the mill up and running," said mill manager Allison Magness. "This is the beginning of a new chapter, and we look forward to becoming the best at making fluff pulp."

The copy paper mill was shut down in April 2010 as the global recession slashed demand for paper and paperboard products, officials said.

More than 1,000 people lost their jobs.

The company has since spent nearly $90 million to convert the plant.

"We were able to invest in a facility where we knew we had good assets and great people," Chairman and CEO John Faraci stated.

He says the mill will further strengthen the company’s presence in the worldwide fluff pulp market.

A mill commissioning ceremony is planned for later this summer.

Residents will notice the return of the "rotten egg" smell. It's associated with the process and isn't associated with any health or environmental issues, spokeswoman Julie Brennen told WVEC.com. -

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