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12:16 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Paper Mill Reopening On Wash. Coast Is Cause For Celebration

Ron Grant is back on the job at the recently reopened paper mill in Grays Harbor County. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 6:03 pm

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Nearly 300,000 people in Washington are still unemployed and looking for work. But there was reason to celebrate Monday in coastal Grays Harbor County – where the unemployment rate is tied for the highest in the state. A shuttered paper mill there recently roared back to life. With it came 175 jobs.

It was a party atmosphere inside the long, narrow shipping warehouse at Harbor Paper. Several hundred people milled about as dignitaries, including Governor Chris Gregoire, mounted a makeshift stage.

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