Clearwater Paper is to upgrade its Lewiston mill in Idaho in a $160m investment.
The tissue producer will start construction of a new continuous digester which is expected to begin in October 2015 and expected to be completed in September 2017.
Benefits from the project include significant reduction in air emissions, improved pulp quality and production, and more efficient utilisation of wood chips.
Jay Backus, Clearwater Paper’s vice president of mill operations in Lewiston, said: “After many months of detailed review and reaching a multitude of milestones, the project is now a reality.”
During construction and start-up, the project will require hundreds of contract workers from around the globe.
Due to increased wood purchasing, the project is also expected to require additional need for loggers and other related contractors.
Clearwater Paper manufactures quality consumer tissue, AfH tissue, parent roll tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at manufacturing facilities across the nation.
The company is a premier supplier of private label tissue to major retailers and wholesale distributors, including grocery, drug, mass merchants and discount stores.