Domtar Corporation announced plans Thursday to re-purpose its facility in Bennettsville.
The company plans to invest $30 million in the plant over the next year as part of a previously announced long-term supply agreement with Appleton Papers Inc. of Appleton, Wisconsin.
The capital project will allow the mill to shift its production capacity towards the manufacture of specialty and packaging base papers, instead of the paper it makes now.
"We are excited to expand our Marlboro County operations. This is good news for our 325-plus employees, and it's good news for the community," said Bill Edwards, vice-president and mill manager at Domtar's Marlboro mill in a press release. "The conversion of our production capacity is an example of Domtar adapting to meet market demands for the long-term. The Marlboro mill's cost competitiveness and agility in serving the needs of our customers will allow us to continue being an important part of the economic fabric of Bennettsville, and keep jobs in Marlboro County for many years to come. "
The Marlboro County mill has been in operation since 1990 and became a part of Domtar in 2007. The mill has an annual paper production capacity of about 320,000 tons.
"Marlboro County Council is excited about Domtar's expansion and would like to thank Domtar's management for allowing us the opportunity to work together to make this expansion a reality. Marlboro County is working diligently to make our community a great place for industry and this announcement proves it," said Ken Allen, Marlboro County Council. "Domtar's announcement is great news for Marlboro County," said Representative Elizabeth Munnerlyn. The legislative delegation was happy to play a part in the efforts of state and local government to make this expansion a reality. With team work such as that demonstrated with this project there's no telling what we can accomplish in the future."
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a Rural Infrastructure Fund grant for $100,000.