Senator Simonson Statement on Verso Paper Mill

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Verso Paper today announced they will idle the Duluth paper mill by June 30th, stating, “After a comprehensive review of post-pandemic demand forecasts and capacity, we made the difficult decision to idle the Duluth and Wisconsin Rapids mills.” Employing roughly 225 people, this decision will result in a majority of those employees being laid off. Following this news Senator Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) issued the following statement:

“The indefinite idling of the Verso paper mill, due to the global economic slowdown from COVID-19, is yet another tough blow to our local economy and the families that depended on these jobs,” said Senator Simonson. “The loss of these jobs and the impacts to secondary and tertiary industries will require a strong public-private response to ensure benefits are provided to impacted employees and new ownership is secured for this facility. I’m committed to leveraging the full resources of the State of Minnesota to protect and grow our regional economy, and to ensure our government is working alongside industry and companies to invest and grow in Duluth.”

Erik Simonson represents District 7 in northeastern Minnesota.

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