Paper mill closing ends long local history

Paper manufacturing is a local industry older than the petrochemical plants and the closing of the last paper mill in Orange is an end to a long history tied to the lumber industry. 

The first paper mill in Orange, known to the current generations as Equitable Bag, lasted 100 years. 

Last week, International Paper announced it will be closing its containerboard pulp plant north of Orange off State Highway 87. The plant was built in 1967.

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