Updated: State Approves Changes For Domtar

Lawmakers want to give a Canadian paper company up to $9 million to help it retool its paper mill in eastern North Carolina.

The House voted 72-41 Monday for final approval that would give Montreal-based Domtar Corp. the money supporters said was needed to keep the company from laying off 320 employees at its Plymouth
plant. A state Commerce Department official said they are paid an
average salary of about $70,000 a year.

Domtar plans to stop making white office paper at the plant in favor of turning the area's loblolly pine trees into the absorbent fluff used in diapers. Supporters say more than 1,000 additional logging jobs in eastern North Carolina are at risk if the Domtar plant shuts down.

A similar bill failed in the House last week.

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The state approved changes to a grant fund that will allow Domtar to make the conversion from paper to fluff to save the hundreds of jobs

Martin County Manager Russell Overman says the measure passed 72 to 41.

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A major employer in the East is in danger of shutting its doors and putting hundred of people out of work in an already tough economy.
But in an unusual Sunday meeting, the Martin County Commissioners passed a resolution they hope will keep Domtar afloat.

The Domtar paper plant near Plymouth is looking at converting the plant from making white office paper to making absorbent fluff used in diapers. Domtar already shut down one of its two paper lines this year.

The commissioners passed a resolution to give Domtar an economic development investment grant to make the conversion from paper to fluff to save the hundreds of jobs and the taxes the company supplies to the area. The resolution says Martin County will provide up to 75 percent of Ad Valoream taxes paid on a new investment over a five year period, as an economic development investment grant.

The State House rejected a plan to invest $10 million in Domtar's plan to convert its plant, which the company says is a $65 million project.


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  • by Bill Location: Williamston on Aug 25, 2009 at 03:30 PM
    I guess the seven that showed up for the lip smackers were the ones arguing with me. It seems to have quited the noise.
  • by Bill Location: Williamston on Aug 24, 2009 at 11:39 AM
    Sorry only a few showed up for the picnic at the credit union today at lunch. I was giving away lip-smacking sandwiches. Had plenty to go around, plenty left.
  • by Bill Location: Williamston on Aug 24, 2009 at 06:40 AM
    If you lose your job at the mill you might have to go to work someplace for a wage that is more comensurate with your education and experience, like say $12.00 an hour, but you can take care of your own family. The gravy train has been there for you and your families for years but reality it seems, is getting ready to set in. You have an inflated idea of what you are worth, period. All the tales of holidays away from the family are blather. Others spend more time away from family for less money so just get off it. Besides, VOLUNTEERS work most of those holiday shifts, choosing the triple time wages over family time. Employee, you are nothing more than an untrained propagandist. You are not capable of disguising your false, empty claims of sacrifice and nobility. I'd close the pie hole, ride the gravy for as long as it lasts and get mentally prepared to work for the $8 to $12 per hour that you are really worth. Picnic in the parking lot of the credit union this afternoon.
  • by CCC Location: Greenville on Aug 17, 2009 at 03:04 PM
    I've been there and yes in some areas the conditions are not that favorable to work in. Doesn't feel to good on your face when you pass thru a fog of chlorine gas, or when steam is vented on the river side of the building without warning, wading thru muck between the RR tracks. Not much fun at all.
  • by an employee Location: Plymouth on Aug 17, 2009 at 09:50 AM
    Ran out of characters on the first comment. I have one question for "BILL", why haven't you responded to Sniper's comment about you and your family working at the mill? Could it be that what Sniper said is true? A question for the bashers, if I lose my job can I count on you to feed, clothe, take care of my kids, and keep a roof over there heads or is that to much to ask? That is where my salary goes and no I dont live in a $100,000 or $200,000 home. I live in a doublewide home and am saving my money for my 2 kids to go to college to earn a degree so they wont have to work as hard as me and my wife have to. I dont think there is anything wrong with that. It really makes me sad that these people want this mill to close and take food out of my kids mouths and other employees kids mouths. There are some sad people in this area or are they just jealous. I think it is the latter of the two.
  • by an employee Location: Plymouth on Aug 17, 2009 at 09:32 AM
    The bottom line is that they, meaning the company, can't sell paper because the demand for paper has gone to nothing. The salaries have NEVER been an issue with the company and the company has never in the last ten years since i have been here, have asked anyone to take a cut in pay. I am pretty sure anyone employed here would take one to keep their jobs. Yes it is a known fact we make good salaries compared to other industries in the surrounding counties. How many of you people that say we make to much money have ever set foot inside the mill? None. All of you just don't know the conditions we work in every day or the dangerous aspect of these jobs. Chemicals, big heavy stuff, heat, humidity, and COLD in the winter. I am figuring that the bashers sit in a climate controlled enviroment in front of there computers. One more thing, why is it that no one ever bashes or says that these professional players make too much money? Oh yeah they have UNIONS to now dont they or have yall forgot
  • by Get Real Location: Eastern, NC on Aug 17, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    First of all, "BILL", I have alot more nerve than you think I do so try me. Second of all, "BILL", I dont work at Domtar and never have, my family did and my posting wasnt concerning my welfare, so learn to read and comprehend. Thirdly, "BILL", the generations of my family that worked there were not the type to demand anything, they were just hard working decent folks appreciative of what they got and were concerned about the well being of family and neighbors. So for the most part, most of your posting does not or is not directed at me. Do you, yourself have a BS Degree? MS, MA? PHD?? or are you just a jaded skilled self emp. laborer?......My point of my posting was pure disgust at some of the junk and comments I'm reading from such a "religious" conservative area sounding more like something from a hate rally. Wishing and hoping the mill would just close down and send a depressed region into further turmoil. It just seems now its every man for himself, forget everyone else.
  • by CCC Location: Greenville on Aug 16, 2009 at 03:17 PM
    The last thing I want to happen is for ANYONE (except obama)to lose their job; but Bill put it in a nutshell about as well as could be said.
  • by Bill Location: Williamston on Aug 16, 2009 at 02:11 PM
    "Get Real", please, you have some nerve accusing anybody of being money hungry. The union members have driven the mill into the ground with their greed for MORE, MORE, MORE MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!!!! Virtually every employee at the mill has a HIGHLY inflated estimation of their own value and skill set. Bottom line, GED, HS an HS dropout jobs drawing graduate school wages leads to JOB LOSSES! You people just don't seem to get it. The market will no longer bear your bloated salaries. You should all take half pay and be glad to get it. It is what the jobs should have been paying all along. The current market dictates it, it will not be any other way. Your stubborness will get you one thing, UNEMPLOYED! For the sake of the area and the counties you profess to love, demand nothing and help Domtar keep the company alive, even if your wife has to get a job or you have to sell the 4-wheeler or one of the golf carts or an SUV. Maybe Junior could drive a used truck instead of a new one!
  • by Get Real Location: Eastern NC on Aug 16, 2009 at 08:34 AM
    And furthermore BON and any other people that want to challenge this......I never ever wish ill luck on anyone much less the loss of their jobs or whatever, but I bet you with everything I have that if this were you in this position, you'd shut your ignorant hateful mouths....Again, while you sit in your beloved church pew on Sunday Morning, ask God, Jesus, whoever you pray to if the things you type and say like that about folks is actually the christian thing to do.....absolutely NOT...which leads me to say that those opposing are probably Republicans which are nothing more than a bunch of busy body loud mouth hypocrites with ZERO moral character and care only about 1 thing....... MONEY..... MY MONEY, money money money. Think about your wishes and things you say before you drag your butts into your church on Sunday morning and Praise the Lord.........you people are hateful as it gets. You WILL REAP WHAT YOU SOW.
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