Minerals Technologies Signs Agreement with Phoenix Paper to Rebuild and Operate a 35,000 Ton Per Year Satellite PCC Plant in U.S.
June 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)— Minerals Technologies Inc. announced today that it has signed an agreement with Phoenix Paper LLC to re-establish a 35,000 ton per year satellite precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) plant at its paper mill in Wickliffe, Kentucky. This paper mill had been idled for the past five years and was recently purchased and restarted by Phoenix Paper, a subsidiary of Shanying International, a Chinese-based company focused on entering the North American paper market. MTI has been providing its PCC from nearby sources to the Wickliffe site since the facility restarted operations in November of 2019.
"We are very pleased to collaborate with Phoenix Paper to support production of higher value grades from their paper machine in Wickliffe, Kentucky, using our PCC technology," said Douglas T. Dietrich, Chief Executive Officer. "We are excited to see the redeployment of our PCC assets in North America through this opportunity."
D.J. Monagle III, Group President, Specialty Minerals and Refractories, commented further, "Phoenix Paper has shown itself to be an innovative and reputable paper company. We are excited to grow our relationship with them through this agreement and work closely with their production team in Kentucky. Our PCC will be used as a paper filler to lower costs and improve brightness, opacity, and bulk."
Gov. Bevin announces $200M investment by Phoenix Paper in west Kentucky
August 9, 2019 — Phoenix Paper, which runs a paper mill in west Kentucky, is expanding with a new facility that represents a $200 million investment. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced the company's investment Friday during a conference call with west Kentucky leaders at Wickliffe City Hall. The company took over the site of the former Verso paper mill in Wickliffe. Phoenix Paper announced the completion of its first roll of paper there in May.
The commercial investment announced Friday will include a paper recycling facility, Bevin said. The governor said there will be 150 employees at the new facility, which will open in 18 months. Phoenix Paper is owned by Chinese manufacturer Shanying International, and the new facility will process recycled paper and send it to China to be used for packaging.
The governor said, while the United States and China are going through trade tensions at the national level, no state is working harder with China "at the sub-national level" than Kentucky.
With first roll complete, Phoenix Paper is officially operating in Wickliffe
May 29, 2019 — The Wickliffe, Kentucky, paper mill is officially back in business. The company that now owns and operates the mill, Phoenix Paper, says employees made the first roll of bleached hardwood pulp Wednesday.
When the previous owner, Verso, officially closed July 1, 2016, More than 300 people lost their jobs. Phoenix Paper — owned by Chinese manufacturer Shanying International — bought the mill last year. Now, Phoenix Paper says about 224 people are working at the Wickliffe facility.
With a news release sent Wednesday, Phoenix Paper says the mill officially restarted operations at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday. The company shared a photo of its first roll of paper pulp, and says it expects to produce about 300,000 tons of it per year.
1724 Fort Jefferson Hill Road
PO Box 500
Wickliffe, KY 42087