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131-year-old Luke paper mill in Western Maryland to close, Verso Co. announces, eliminating 675 jobs

131-year-old Luke paper mill in Western Maryland to close, Verso Co. announces, eliminating 675 jobs

The Luke paper mill, an economic engine in Western Maryland for 131 years, will close by June 30, owner Verso Co. announced Tuesday.

The shutdown means 675 people spread across Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will lose their jobs, the company said.

The company said it had explored producing more types of paper products at the Allegany County facility on the Potomac River, but determined even that would not help ensure its profitability as global demand for paper declines.

“It is unfortunate that we had to make the decision to close the Luke Mill, but the continuing decline in demand for the grades of paper manufactured there left us no choice but to close this...

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