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The future looks rosy for Sappi's Cloquet mill, which is nearing the end of a $170 million conversion from producing paper pulp to producing chemical cellulose, a move which should insure the viability of the plant for decades to come. Photo by Cassandra Parker

Sappi prepares to transform

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Cloquet's Sappi pulp mill is shutting down production this week, and getting out of the paper pulp business.

The mill, which has been around for 115 years, is moving from producing pulp that's made into paper to making a new kind of pulp that will be made into textiles and then into clothing, baby wipes and bandages.


It is the first such mill in Minnesota and Sappi's first of its kind in North America.

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