Paper company plans $100 million expansion in Ohio

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - The paper company Appleton said it plans a $100 million expansion at its Ohio thermal paper production facility.

The expansion at the West Carrollton mill will add 35 jobs to a work force of 400. It is scheduled to be done in mid-2008.

"We are pleased to make a major investment in this growing segment of our paper business," Mark Richards, Appleton's chief executive officer, said in a statement.

The project will include the installation of a state-of-the-art coater to produce thermal paper and construction of related facilities plus enhancements to the mill's No. 92 paper machine.

The company considered making the investment at the Appleton facility, the hub for its thermal paper manufacturing, but decided to move the coating process to Ohio rather than shipping the Ohio paper to Appleton for the coating.

Appleton helped introduced the thermal paper technology in the 1960s. The paper allows an image to transfer by using printers that provide the heat energy.

Appleton's thermal paper is used for point-of-sale receipts and coupons, label products for shipping, tag and ticket products for airline and baggage applications.