Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Recycling comes to Shreveport via the Red River

Paper recycling tricycle
Originally uploaded by supercamel
Pratt Industries has broken ground on construction of its third, 100% recycled containerboard mill, says the Pratt Industries web site. The facility, located in Shreveport, La., will open in late 2008, and will eventually produce more than 360,000 tons of recycled paper a year to supply the company's growing internal demand for more paper.

It will also create more than 115 full-time jobs on site, while state officials estimate almost 1700 new jobs, direct and indirect, will be created during the construction phase.

"This mill symbolizes our continued commitment to growth for our company, for our customers and for the paper/packaging industry," said Chairman and CEO Anthony Pratt. "This means quality manufacturing jobs for Americans."

The Shreveport machine, which will be arrive in June, is being designed by the Italian group, Overmechanica. It will be committed to using 100% post-consumer fibers as do Pratt's other two mills in Conyers, Ga., and New York City.

And Louisiana officials are thrilled the company is coming to the state. Outgoing governor Kathleen Blanco said: "Pratt's strong stance on environmental protection makes them a great fit with Louisiana. This 'green' investment will significantly enhance the conservation of our natural resources."

The new mill will make lightweight and medium line on a 220-inch trim, fourdrinier paper machine.

Pratt also plans to roll out a recycling program throughout the region to help supply the mill's fiber needs.

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