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Wausau Paper Embarks on $220M Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Expansion

Wausau Paper is investing $220 million in a facility expansion in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. The company's growth will create 76 new jobs.

"The investment we announce today will further our `green' leadership position in the away-from-home towel and tissue market," said Thomas J. Howatt, Wausau Paper president and CEO. "The new machine will provide the capability to produce products at a quality level that is comparable to the best on the market today. Our partnership with the city of Harrodsburg, Mercer County, and the state of Kentucky has been integral to the success we've achieved as a company, and we look forward to continuing this long and fruitful association."

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) has preliminarily approved Wausau Paper for tax incentives up to $6 million through the Kentucky Business Investment program. KEDFA also preliminarily approved Wausau Paper for tax benefits up to $1.1 million through the Kentucky Enterprise Investment Act.

Wausau Paper will use the funds to install a paper machine that can produce approximately 75,000 tons of paper towels and tissues annually. It will also improve existing manufacturing assets.

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