State investment helps bolster paper mill
ST. FRANCISVILLE - The KPAQ paper mill is back in business in a big way, boasting more than $38 million in investments since it came back online in 2010.
The mill got incentives from the state that helped investors pump enough money into the facility to get things back to work after it shut down in 2007.
"This was a save. This was a rescue. I can't over estimate how important it was, what the LED did, and what the outside investments from KPAQ did to restore and rescue this facility," said Kevin Couhig, West Feliciana Parish President.
The plant fuels more than 900 indirect jobs according to the state, something that helps the community and its children.
"It means everything for the community because it supports taxes for your local school system, and it also gives the jobs to your local people that helps pay for your school uniforms and your educational needs," said Mitch Harrell, a worker at the mill.
The plant can get more money from the state if it continues hiring and meeting goals over the next few years.