Here is the Schematic overview for the planned tissue plant. I had heard a rumor that the Flakt Driers were sold and had heard others say the mill would start making pulp as early as October, so I decided to go to the mill and see if I could get an answer from Bob Simpson. He was in his office and updated on these topics. No, the mill will not be operational for awhile. They are still trying to garner financing. The Federal Loan Guarantee process is taking too long, so Freshwater Tissue is exploring a "Green" Initial Public Offering (IPO). This is when a company sells common stock or shares to the public for the first time. They are going to try to market their company as an environmentally conscience product, using environmentally monitored processes, that will make toilet tissue free of all dioxins by using the Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) pulping process. They plan on only using wood chips that have been timber harvested responsibly and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. The entire front line of the Machine Room is for sale, as is the equipment in the Chips Dump. The Chip Silos will be renovated to have better chip blending capabilities. If they have to build a secondary treatment plant, it will be totally enclosed, as opposed to open aired treatment.
Bob said any former pulp mill employee that wants to tour the mill are welcomed to come by and set that up. (He was concerned about workers coming in without permission. This has happened recently.)