The company that owns Harbor Paper officially issued a statement this week on the mill’s closure. Elliot Rust Holdings LLC said the restart of the mill, originally planned for this week after management changes and facility maintenance, has been delayed indefinitely.
“Over the course of the last several weeks, we have been working diligently to identify a strategy that will provide for the long-term success of Harbor Paper. Our priority is for Harbor Paper to provide secure employment and economic opportunity for families in the city of Hoquiam and the county of Grays Harbor. We have delayed the planned restart of production operations at the mill as we continue to secure the best strategic solution for the mill. We are grateful for the commitment of our employees and support of our business partners during this challenging time,” the statement read.
The mill abruptly closed Feb. 25 as the company announced management changes. Former president John Begley was replaced by Joe Scolari, son of Elliot Rust’s primary investor, Cesar Scolari. The company announced in early March it planned to re-open this week after regular maintenance was completed.
About 180 people work at the mill.