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Union Camp Announces Major Expansion

September 28, 1988

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Union Camp Corp. said Wednesday it would spend up to $700 million to expand its paper mill in Richland County amid increasing demand for copier and computer paper.

The expansion will increase the mill’s daily capacity by 1,100 tons and boost its annual production to 640,000 tons per year, almost triple the production rate now.

Gene Cartledge, chairman and chief executive officer of the Wayne, N.J.-based company, noted that ″uncoated business papers have been one of the fastest-growing grades for the industry and particularly for our company″ over the past decade.

″Our research indicates that pattern of strong growth will continue into the future,″ he said.

Union Camp estimates the demand for uncoated business paper, including business forms, copier and computer paper, will grow in the rate of 400,000 to 500,000 tons per year for the next decade.

Among the improvements scheduled for the mill are modifications to the existing paper machine to increase its capacity by 25 percent; building a second paper machine, and adding a pulp dryer, said Bob Lambert, resident manager of the mill in Eastover.

Work will begin immediately, and the expansion is to be completed by 1991, Lambert said. Some 250 new jobs will be created.

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