State NOT coming to Flambeau Papers rescue
Written by Jesse Baroka on May 17, 2019
WISCONSIN – Gov. Tony Evers doesn’t think the state can keep doing piecemeal work to keep paper mills open across Wisconsin. Last year, former Gov. Scott Walker pledged $28 million in state money to save a Kimberly-Clark mill, and nearly 400 jobs, in the Fox Valley. But we may not see something similar for Flambeau River Papers in Park Falls. Last week, the company announced more layoffs and the closure of another paper line. This week, Evers said instead of case-by-case solutions, the state needs a broad paper industry plan. Evers said “I think we have to deal with the paper industry as a whole. That’s the problem. First Kimberly-Clark, and now the one in Park Falls. “If we keep doing Band-Aid work across the state, it’s not going to be very helpful.” Evers supports a Democratic proposal for a $60 million revolving loan fund available to help state paper companies modernize. Evers is also is behind the new Wisconsin Paper Caucus in the legislature. That group’s Senate chairperson is Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua). Flambeau River Papers will lay off 65 to 75 workers in this round of layoffs. It left 82 people without jobs last January.