Franklin Lumber Mil to close

Franklin Lumber Mil to close

There are 8 comments on the WAVY Norfolk Hampton Roads story from Apr 1, 2009, titled Franklin Lumber Mil to close. In it, WAVY Norfolk Hampton Roads reports that:

International Paper announced the closure of its Franklin, Va., Lumber Mill and, separately, employee reductions at its Franklin, Va., Sheet Converting Plant and Converting Innovation Center .

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rfm5555

AOL

#1 Apr 1, 2009
Maybe I'm out of line here but this is what I think, I've been living in Franklin for many years, my friends and relatives think twice about coming to visit, mainly because of the smell coming from the Mill, maybe just maybe, if the smell is no longer here, maybe more companies will be looking/willing to locate here.

It's like a few years ago, they were talking about closing the Master Base Oceana in Va Beach, and everyone were really worried, if they had closed it, something else would have taken over.

It will be really hard/tough at first for most everyone in the area when they do close the Mill, but in time things will turn around.
small town girl

Smithfield, VA

#2 Apr 2, 2009
They are closing the sawmill....not the entire paper mill.
rfm5555

AOL

#3 Apr 3, 2009
You're right small town girl, I guess I need to learn how....to read between the lines!! darn....and I thought we wouldn't have that stupid smell anymore!!! oh well...I guess we'll
just have to deal with it. quote: "The shut down at the lumber mill is not expected to negatively impact the paper mill. After the reductions, we'll still have more than 1,100 employees in the Franklin area," Stills added. un-quote.
small town girl

Smithfield, VA

#4 Apr 3, 2009
You should be ashamed of yourself wishing 1,100 employees out of work during these economic times. Where do you suppose most of them could find employment? There aren't many companies in Franklin or the surrounding cities that are currently hiring. Also, I'm not sure where you live in Franklin. I am located within 6 miles of the mill and the only place I run across a smell is on highway 58 near the Pretlow exit. Most of the time there isn't a smell there either. Perhaps you should relocate to another town! I certainly hope that you don't rely on an income from a job in Franklin. If the entire mill shuts down, most of the businesses won't survive until other industries can be brought in.
martin

Fayetteville, NC

#5 May 13, 2009
Sorry about the mill employees but maybe the quality of the lumber that has been going out might have a little to do with the shortage of orders
Quinton

United States

#6 May 31, 2009
It is a crime to close a historic part of Franklin that started 150 years ago.That saw mill helped to build Franklin,the paper mill came in 1937 and put Franklin on the map.IP only cares about the bottom line don't believe all the bull about them being the most admired company,I say hang in there to the paper mill employees and pray for the saw mill employees.
Chance Laffey

United States

#7 Jun 3, 2009
Quinton wrote:
It is a crime to close a historic part of Franklin that started 150 years ago.That saw mill helped to build Franklin,the paper mill came in 1937 and put Franklin on the map.IP only cares about the bottom line don't believe all the bull about them being the most admired company,I say hang in there to the paper mill employees and pray for the saw mill employees.
The same closures are going on all around the country and with lots of companies. The demand for lumber has just fallen off, and they can't make money if they keep all the mills open. It is the same with plywood mills and even paper mills to a lesser extent. It is a shame, but it is also a reality of economics.
Quinton

United States

#8 Jun 4, 2009
Chance Laffey wrote:
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The same closures are going on all around the country and with lots of companies. The demand for lumber has just fallen off, and they can't make money if they keep all the mills open. It is the same with plywood mills and even paper mills to a lesser extent. It is a shame, but it is also a reality of economics.
Thanks for bringing me back to reality,You are right I had friends there and it's personal.Ip does not want to be in the lumber business,It's so different now with global companies Union Camp was the old company,they were family oriented.IP ran there mills into the groung and went out and bought up the best paper companies they could find and shut there run down mills down.The old styles of a hand shake that made the deal are long gone.There are many good managers at IP but there style is cut and slash,I never dreamed this would happen !

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