Verso Corporation announced plans to temporarily idle the No. 3 paper machine at its Androscoggin Mill , reducing annual coated paper production capacity by approximately 200,000 tons. Verso intends to implement this capacity reduction beginning in the first quarter of 2017.
The mill also will idle a digester and recovery boiler that support the No. 3 paper machine.
In a press release, the company noted, “Most products currently produced on the No. 3 paper machine will be transitioned to other machines in Verso’s highly flexible manufacturing system with no expected disruption to customer orders.”
The Androscoggin Mill began operation in 1965 and has the capacity to produce about 450,000 tons per year of coated and uncoated freesheet, coated groundwood, and specialty papers.