(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and received via e-mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
Gov. Beshear Announces Domtar Paper to Upgrade Operations in
Hancock County, Retain 452 Jobs 
Paper company to invest up to $20 million in the Commonwealth 
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 9, 2013) - Governor Steve Beshear today
announced Domtar Paper Company LLC plans to upgrade and add
equipment at its Hawesville facility, retaining 452 jobs and
investing up to $20 million in capital improvements. 
“Domtar Paper is making a solid commitment to growing its
success here in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “This
partnership will lead to the retention of 452 jobs and an
investment of $20 million near Hawesville, two extremely good
reasons to mark this as a time for celebration.” 
Domtar Paper operates 13 mills across the world, including the
Hawesville Mill, a large pulp and paper facility. The Hancock
County plant makes approximately 80,000 tons of market hardwood
pulp, which is used for paper production, and about 600,000 tons
of printing grade paper each year. 
The company plans to upgrade existing equipment and invest up to
$10 million to construct a new conveyor system, which will allow
Domtar to transport its product directly between the plant and
the nearby Ohio River. The system is expected to lower operating
expenses, reduce greenhouse gases and help retain the existing
452 jobs at the facility. 
“Domtar is excited to make this significant investment at our
Hawesville facility,” said Hawesville Mill General Manager Steve
Henry. “This investment will benefit the environment, our
community and the long-term competitiveness of our facility.” 
To encourage the investment in Hancock County, the Kentucky
Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily approved
Domtar for tax incentives up to $290,000 through the Kentucky
Reinvestment Act (KRA). KRA is designed to assist companies that
need to make significant capital investment in Kentucky
facilities in order to remain competitive. 
“Congratulations to Domtar!” said Sen. Carroll Gibson, of
Leitchfield. “We always love our hometown employers to succeed,
because we know it is a stamp of approval on our people and
“This effort is a great example of business and our Commonwealth
working together to find a solution to saving more than 450
important jobs in our community,” said Rep. Dwight Butler, of
Harned. “More importantly, this is great news to the men and
women who work at the Hawesville plant, and the upgrades
solidify the future of the facility for years to come.” 
“We are thrilled Domtar is putting in a conveyor system upgrade
to the plant,” said Hancock County Judge-Executive Jack
McCaslin. “This addition will save the company money and will be
good for the company, the county and employees.” 
“Anytime we can upgrade our plants, that’s exciting and good for
our companies and our community,” said Hawesville Mayor Rita
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