Phoenix Paper Plans New Wickliffe Recycling Plant
By West Kentucky Star Staff
WICKLIFFE - On the heels of reopening the Wickliffe paper mill, Phoenix Paper has announced plans to add a $200 million recycling plant at the site.

The new plant could bring 150 new full-time jobs to the region when it is completed in the next 18 months.

The announcement came in a conference call with Governor Bevin on Friday.

This comes after Phoenix Paper purchased the mill last year saying they plan to refurbish it with a $150 million investment and re-open it with hopes of creating 500 full-time positions.  The facility already employs over 200 people, and it released its first roll of bleached, hardwood pulp on May 29. 

The new facility will take in used paper products and turn it into pulp that will be shipped to China for recycling into new products.

"This new recycling facility will bring a tremendous amount of additional economic activity to the western Kentucky region for decades to come. The project will further support Phoenix Paper's commitment to create 500 good-paying jobs in Ballard County," Gov. Bevin said. "The company's ongoing investment in the Wickliffe region is truly proving transformative, and it further demonstrates how Kentucky leads the way as a destination for international investment in engineering and manufacturing."

Sen. Danny Carroll, of Paducah, welcomed the company's ongoing investment.

"I can't begin to express how excited I am for the people of Ballard County and the entire region. I want to sincerely thank Gov. Bevin and staff for their tireless efforts to bring jobs back to West Kentucky," Sen. Carroll said. "We promised change when Republicans assumed leadership in the state, and under Gov. Bevin's leadership, Kentucky is on the move! Finally, a huge 'thank you' to Phoenix Paper for continued investment in West Kentucky. Our people are very grateful!"

Published 09:00 PM, Friday Aug. 09, 2019
Updated 10:22 PM, Wednesday Aug. 14, 2019

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