Flambeau River Papers in Park Falls is shut down
Written by Jesse Baroka on June 12, 2019
PARK FALLS – Yesterday morning, workers at the troubled Flambeau Papers Mill in Park Falls got a call saying to not to come in. The mill is shut down. Park Falls Mayor Michael Bablick says “You hear a lot of rumors in Park Falls. And the city is still in a shroud of darkness here about what’s going on with the towns biggest employer. About a month ago, the mill gave notice it planned to lay off about 65 of its 187 remaining workers as it went into receivership. That news came after more than 80 jobs were eliminated last year as one of the paper lines closed. In a statement on Monday, the court-appointed receiver, Madison bankruptcy lawyer Rebecca DeMarb, blamed a paper customer for the closure. Northcentral Technical College is part of a “Rapid Response” team for people about to be laid off by the mill. Its campuses include nearby Phillips. Applications to Northcentral Technical College are now free for Flambeau River Papers employees. In Park Falls, Bablick said he’s pushing for state tax incentives to sweeten the deal for a mill buyer, in part because of the out sized role the plant plays in the local economy. The mill closed for several months in 2006 before Butch Johnson and Flambeau River Papers bought it and reopened it.