5.22.15: Georgia-Pacific plant closing marks end of era in Parchment
PARCHMENT, Mich. (AP) — A southwest Michigan city once known as “Paper City” will see the last of that heritage leave by year’s end.
The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that Parchment officials learned last week that a former paper mill complex there will be vacant for the first time since it was founded in 1909 as the Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Co.
Georgia-Pacific is the last manufacturer occupying part of the 90-acre site. Its Epic plant produces food wraps and other items for the food industry.
What’s left of the rest of the property has largely decayed since it was vacated by Crown Vantage Paper Co. in 2000.
Parchment Mayor Robert Heasley says Georgia-Pacific’s announcement “blindsided us.”
He says the departure essentially will mark the end of the city’s paper-making era.