Story of Hoquiam (WA) Paper Mill’s Demise Comes Into Focus

For months, the Harbor Paper mill (in Hoquiam, WA) has been eerily quiet. In early December, assets from the facility appeared on Los Angeles-based auction site biditup.com after Harbor Paper management failed to secure funding for a mill restart. The auction will take place in February, almost a year to the day since the mill ceased operations.

Hoquiam Finance Director Mike Folkers said the city had planned to receive $500,000 in business-and-occupation taxes from the mill over the course of 2013 and 2014. But Harbor Paper only paid about $100,000.

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