House Defeats $10M For Plymouth Plant

Supporters says there's still hope that state lawmakers in Raleigh will approve a $10 million incentive plan for Domtar's Plymouth plant.

The house yesterday narrowly rejected the plan which would help convert the plant from making white office paper to making absorbent fluff used in diapers.

Washington County state representative Tim Spear says the main sticking point appears to be language in the bill that mentions contract employees. He says Domtar doesn't use full-time contract employees, so they're working on getting that language changed before next week's adjournment.

If approved Domtar would have to invest at least $65 million for the conversion and maintain at least 300 full-time employees at their current salary.

Spear says if the $10 million doesn't happen, there is a high probablity that the Plymouth plant could close.


North Carolina legislators are close to giving a Canadian paper company up to $10 million to help switch what it produces and retain hundreds of jobs in one of the state's poorest regions.

A House budget-writing committee on Thursday approved allowing the state Commerce Department to use its funds to give Montreal-based Domtar Corp. up to $2 million a year for five years.

The Senate approved the spending on Wednesday, the same day lawmakers approved a budget that included a $1 billion tax increase and service cuts worth billions more.

Domtar plans to stop making white office paper at its mill near Plymouth, but says it can make money turning loblolly pine trees into the absorbent fluff used in diapers and napkins.


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  • by Glen Location: Wilson on Sep 7, 2009 at 05:47 AM
    I live in the Martin County area over 18 years and move away 16 years ago.I still have a lot of friends and family there.It would be a finiancial blow for that region of the state, and much more reaching than most people can imagine.However,the employees and citizens of that area need to wake up.The labor unions have served a good purpose at one point and time but have taken things too far,we as a nation are competing on a world wage level.Perhaps union and management may consider cross training their employees.CSX has,(still union) and has been very sucessful,Bridgeston Firestone is non-union and enjoys many benefits of union plants(which are now closing),It's time to rethink ways of doing business.I sincerely hope this plant can stay open.As long as people are having children there will be a market for dipers. Can't think of better ways to invest taxes dollars as long as both sides are willing to compromise. GOOD LUCK and God Bless
  • by Renee Location: Raleigh, N.C. on Aug 12, 2009 at 05:53 AM
    I don't know why some of you have so much negativity in reference to Domtar/Weyerhaeuser employees and CEO...You are jealous you weren't making money in that volume. 100k sounds better that 20k per year. No body mentioned health risks and stress levels working at that "money making, tree processing plant". Weyerhaeuser has been generous to Northeastern North Carolina schools and community. So chill...Hello to Fine Paper!
  • by anonymous Location: plymouth on Aug 11, 2009 at 08:07 PM
    To can see her problem, first of all learn how to spell dumb before you call someone that (not dump). And I can tell you this my husband is not worried his 70k a year is going anywhere,it just gets higher and higher every year but if you were smart instead of dump you would know exactly what is going on. Guess what? My husband is not worried about his job because it doesn't depend on the tax dollars of all of North Carolina. As for my education I do know how to spell dumb. It begins with your first name. (dump) which is what all the employees of Domatar will be dumped. So when your house is in foreclosure maybe you can dump it on me because unlike you I'll still have 70k and probably more a year. So who is the dump one you, for hanging on to daddy's coat tails (the guilty speak first) or him who in 25 years will not be poor like your lazy butt. Actually he'll probably see you in a hiring session in a couple of months. I regret the rejection letter you'll get because you do have to spell
  • by CAN SEE HER PROBLEM Location: PLYMOUTH on Aug 11, 2009 at 06:56 PM
    based on how you talk about your family,tells me why you had to leave town to find a man.were you saying that your family was lazy?the apple falls under the tree you know.Also,you should have married someone smarter and maybe he could have got a job.You do know that the employment security handles who gets a interview,not the company. you should have known that if he was dump enough to marry you, that he wouldn't find a high paying job.your daddy's job provided you clothes and food all those years. He must have not spent much on your education though.
  • by anonymous Location: plymouth on Aug 11, 2009 at 01:32 PM
    i think a big problem with this mill is the employees not the union. It probably strated with who hires the employees. It all runs in the "family". My father,2 uncles, grandfather and my grandfathers 2 brothers just to name a few in my family. People were getting hired because of who their daddy was or grandfather etc. not because of skill level. I moved away and came back with a husband who was not from here and he applied to Weyerhaeuser but wasn't good enough to work there. After applying to a much bigger and better company he was good enough to work there and makes his 70k a year without worrying about losing his job because his company puts their applicants through testing and training that requires something other than a daddy that used to work there. I know for a fact my daddy used to burn that time clock up playing cards and who knows what else. These workers they have now do not deserve the money they get paid. I say clean out the employees and hire people who want to earn it.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    Article States: If approved Domtar would have to invest at least $65 million for the conversion and maintain at least 300 full-time employees at their current salary. OK, I'm not a mathmetician, but if they can come up with 65M to invest, why can't they come up with 10M more??? Wouldn't that be like going to the grocery store, and buying $7.00 worth of groceries, and having to put them back, cause you come up $1.00 short? The 10M isn't going to keep them afloat, sinking is only inevitable....only then, the state will be in the hole. Not Domtar.
  • by anonymous Location: Roper on Aug 9, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    The cost of Domtar and Weyerhaesuer closing it's Plymouth plant would be catastrophic for the entire eastern NC region, for those of you who think this won't effect you personally because you work somewhere else...I hope you don't work in a resturant, clothing store, tire or repair shop, sell parts, log, truck, ship, store, sell furniture, office supplies, teach, nurse, day care etc. I hope you get the point because YOU ALL WILL BE AFFECTED!!!!!!!!!!!! Help support North Carolina's economy vote yes !!!!!!!
  • by Fact Dog Location: NC on Aug 8, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    The fact is the Plymouth plant will close no matter what they do.Here is some of the facts:AS SOON AS OTHER PAPER MILLS SEE THE PLYMOUTH MILL MAKING MONEY OTHER PLANTS WILL START MAKING FLUFF.THE PRICE WILL DROP OUT.ONLY THE COMPANIES THAT MAKE A HIGHEST QUANTITY PRODUCT; AT THE LOWEST COST WILL BE IN BUSINESS.THIS MEANS THE PLANT MUST BE OPERATED WITH 150 OR LESS EMPLOYEES.THE FIX COST WILL GO UP;KEEP IN MINE ;IT STILL IS A OLD PLANT.
  • by mike Location: plymouth on Aug 8, 2009 at 02:19 PM
    hard to beleive that some of you can't figure out what the effects would be if the Plymouth plant were to close. hundreds of trucking and logging jobs would be gone.suppliers like Grainger that services the mill everyday and colony tire that services logging trucks and eguipment would take a big hit.Gas and fuel stations within a 100 miles would feel the hit also.all the revenue that washington and martin counties depend on would be no more.local businesses would have to depend on tourism to keep running.the plant employs citizens from every county that surrounds Plymouth.Trucking companies from all over eastern carolina come to plymouth every day.contractors like Roberts co. and others that come to do jobs here. how about the heavy equipment companies around eastern carolina that will feel the hit also.The thing is ,that if the USA keeps buying goods from other countries we will all be in the same fix. It's gonna get worse. But,don't blame me i voted for the other guy...
  • by Bobby Location: Greenville on Aug 8, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    If the plant closes,do what most of the other deadbeats do and get away with it. Go to mental heath and claim manic depression and draw all kinds of checks from state and federal goverments.
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