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Wausau Paper to end Brainerd, Minn. Print Production

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) -- Wausau Paper plans to end production of print paper at its Brainerd mill, laying off 55 employees.

A Wausau spokesman says the move is part of the Mosinee, Wis.-based company's strategy to convert the Minnesota mill and leave the printing business behind.

The end of print paper production will mean layoffs for 48 hourly and seven salaried employees in Brainerd. The mill currently employs 137 hourly staff and 34 salary workers.

The Brainerd Dispatch reports the majority of hourly staff layoffs is expected by Dec. 31, with some salaried positions staying on until July.

In 2011, the Brainerd mill completed a $27 million capital investment that rebuilt the No. 7 paper machine to make technical and specialty grades.

Wausau started paper production at the Brainerd mill in 2004.