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Rhinelander may be next WI city to lose paper mill


Rhinelander (WKOW) – Rhinelander could be the next Wisconsin community to lose its paper mill.

Last month, Mosinee-based Wausau Paper announced that it would be putting its mills up for sale in Rhinelander, Mosinee and Brainerd, MN.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, there have not been any takers.

The Wausau Paper plant on Boom Lake has provided thousands of workers with solid wages over the years and is a centerpiece of Rhinelander's industrial base. 

However, there has been concern that the northern Wisconsin city of 7,800 could go the way of Port Edwards, Kimberly, Neenah, Ashland and Brokaw.  All of these Wisconsin communities lost their paper mills as the industry contracts under market pressures that include cheaper products from China.

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