Clearwater Paper Sheds Specialty Paper Facilities

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One of north-central Idaho's biggest and oldest employers, Clearwater Paper, is selling off its specialty paper factories.

Clearwater is selling its operations located in Connecticut; New York; Michigan; Mississippi; and Ontario, Canada, which made uncoated and waxed paper. The operations, which employed 470 people, were sold off to Michigan-based Dunn Paper for $113 million. 

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that Clearwater CEO Linda Massman said the sale will allow the company "to narrow the focus of its consumer products segment" at its Lewiston plants and elsewhere.

Clearwater Paper's consumer products division employs nearly 600 employees in Lewiston while its pulp and paperboard facility employs about 725 workers.