165 employees to lose jobs when Hanover County paper mill closes

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — 165 people will lose their jobs in Hanover County when the Bear Island Paper Mill closes.

The newsprint manufacturing company said that it could not keep up with challenging costs as demand for their product has diminished in recent years.

Bear Island Paper Mill has not yet released a closing date.

White Birch Paper Co., the parent company, told the Associated Press it will supply its Virginia customers from three paper mills in Canada.

The mill opened in 1979 and expanded in 1994 to add a newspaper recycling plant. The plant’s final day of operations will be announced shortly, the company said. Employees will be given severance payments and job placement services.

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