Loggers, truckers, mill workers, land owners and investors are pursuing the creation of two different cooperatives to buy paper mills currently not in operation: the Verso paper mill in Wisconsin Rapids that closed in June 2020 and the Park Falls mill, currently under receivership, formerly called Flambeau River Papers.

A bill that passed through the Assembly on June 22 would offer up, via loans, $50 million to the Consolidated Cooperative to purchase the Wisconsin Rapids mill and $15 million to the Park Falls Mill Multi-Stakeholder Cooperative for the Park Falls mill.

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