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Production to end a month early at Maryland paper mill

The 228-acre Verso paper mill dwarfs the town of Luke on the banks of the Potomac River in Western Maryland, on Nov. 21, 2017. The plant generates much of its own power by burning "black liquor," a sludge byproduct of the paper making process.
The 228-acre Verso paper mill dwarfs the town of Luke on the banks of the Potomac River in Western Maryland, on Nov. 21, 2017. The plant generates much of its own power by burning "black liquor," a sludge byproduct of the paper making process. (Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun)

LUKE, MD — Production at Maryland paper mill will end one month sooner than previously planned, but officials say employees will continue to be paid through June 30.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that production at the Luke Paper Mill that employs 675 people will end May 31.

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Maryland environmental regulators were in talks with a Western Maryland paper mill about how to significantly reduce the facility’s output of a harmful pollutant when its owner shocked state officials last week by announcing plans to shutter the 131-year-old factory.

The president of United Paper Workers 676 said managers reported during a meeting Friday that the mill owned by Verso Corp. was building up too much inventory.

Company spokeswoman Kathi Rowzi says some employees will continue working past May 31 to help shut down the plant.

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Jim Strong of the United Steel Workers says the union is looking for a buyer, although he doesn't know if Verso would sell. He says the USW "is committed to turning over every stone to try to save these jobs."

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