Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis reacts to Resolute/Bowater closings
The Paper plant in Calhoun is just across the Hiwassee River from Bradley County
CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – The Resolute Paper Company announced on Thursday that they are ending paper production at the old Bowater plant in Calhoun. They will continue making tissue there, but the plant will lost more than half of their workers. The Resolute facility is on the line between McMinn and Bradley counties, on the banks of the Hiwassee River.
We asked Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis for his reaction to the announcement:
This morning I was saddened to learn that Resolute Paper, formally known as Bowater, will end their production of paper which they have done since 1954. This paper mill has played a vital role in bettering the lives of so many Bradley County families and we as a community are better for all the contributions they have made.
While there is never a good time for these types of actions to be announced, it is particularly tough during the Christmas season.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the 350 families that have been impacted by todays announcement.
Please know that state workforce development will be available to employees that have been affected and will receive retraining and job relocation assistance.
To each individual that has been impacted by todays announcement please know that I, along with all of Bradley County, share in your pain, but will stand on the belief that better days are ahead for each of you.