Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

130 to lose jobs when Brainerd paper plant closes

Author:

Wausau Paper Corp. plans to close its mill in Brainerd, which will put 130 employees out of work early in the second quarter of this year, the Star Tribune reports.

Employees were told at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the Brainerd Dispatch reports. Production expected to cease in April, the Dispatch says.

The Wisconsin-based company announced last month that it would sell the Brainerd mill, along with Wisconsin mills in Mosinee and Rhinelander.

The three mills manufacture paper used for packaging, linings and masking tape.

Economic pressures have been forcing the closure of paper mills across the Midwest, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes.

Wausau is under hostile pressure from a Manhattan hedge fund called Starboard Value LLC, which is arguing that paper for printing and publishing has become a money-losing business in the age of the e-book, Wi-Fi and the iPad. Starboard became the biggest shareholder of Wausau in 2011 and has since doubled its stake to 14.8 percent, the newspaper reported.

Starboard wants Wausau to focus solely on making towels used in public restrooms, the Journal Sentinel said.

Next Up

Biden Minnesota visit stream screengrab - 11.30.31

What Biden said during his visit to Minnesota Tuesday

The president spoke at Dakota County Technical College.

Grand Marais

Cook County registers its first COVID-19 death of the pandemic

The sparsely populated, highly-vaccinated county has continuously had one of the lowest rates of COVID in the state.

Waits family screengrab CNN

Support for MN family after anti-maskers target child of school board chair

An online group opposing Kelsey Waits outed the child as transgender.

Pixabay - school - classroom

St. Paul schools add 2 days to winter break due to pandemic stress

The added days off are meant to acknowledge the stress the pandemic has caused.

Fardoussa Abdillahi

Charges: St. Cloud mother killed baby, placed him in dumpster

The 4-month-old baby was found by officers on Sunday morning.

ambulance

1 dead in crash at Lake Street intersection in south Minneapolis

There have been 465 deaths on Minnesota roads this year, according to the state's traffic division.

robbery

St. Paul restaurateur's businesses burglarized a 6th time

The owner of The Gnome and Hope Breakfast Bar is asking politicians to help St. Paul business owners.

North Memorial Air Care

Teen suffers life-threatening injuries in head-on crash in southern MN

The 18-year-old was airlifted to a Mayo Clinic hospital in Rochester.

foo fighters grohl mr rossi wikimedia

Foo Fighters abruptly cancel Gophers stadium show hours after announcing it

The band is looking for a new venue because of a disagreement over COVID protocols.

lush

LUSH in Minneapolis to reopen under new ownership in December

FOX 9's Jason Matheson and two popular performers are among the new owners of the revived bar and restaurant.

unsplash roller blade close

Lace up: Indoor skating returns to US Bank Stadium this winter

The venue announced 13 Winter Warm-Up dates for both skaters and runners.

Related

SW Minn. dairy plant to close, eliminating 130 jobs

Associated Milk Producers Inc., based in New Ulm, plans to shut down its manufacturing facility in Dawson by the end of the year, the West Central Tribune reports. The soon-to-be idled plant has about 130 workers and primarily produces cheese sauces and puddings.

ATK ammunition closing western Wisconsin plant, eliminating 130 jobs

The La Crosse Tribune reports the Minnesota-based company is shutting down the Brice Prairie plant near Onalaska in the next couple of months.