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 Escanaba Mill Marks 100 Years Of Making Paper
THE MILL IN ESCANABA, now owned by Verso Corp., has been making paper for 100 years. (Jordan Beck/Daily Press photo)
Consumer Privacy Law Can Affect Businesses Across United States
 ESCANABA — The Verso Corp.’s Escan- aba Mill celebrated a milestone Friday — a full century of making paper.
The mill was in use well before paper pro- duction began there, according to a Verso news release.
“The Escanaba Mill began operating in 1891 as the Escanaba Electric Street Railway Company before the Escanaba Paper Compa- ny was organized,”
Verso Operations
Group Vice Presi-
dent Mike
Laverdiere stated in
the news release.
The mill primari-
ly was built to help
investors attract new customers for the hydro- electric generation capacity created by dams on the Escanaba River. Pulp production began at the mill on July 5, 1912.
The mill’s No. 1 paper machine officially started producing newsprint on Jan. 17, 1920, with the No. 2 paper machine beginning oper- ations that June. About 100 people worked on the machines, producing roughly 300 tons of newsprint a day at the mill.
The paper mill in Escanaba is shown circa 1920 in a historical photo provided by Verso Corporation. As of Friday, the mill has been making paper for exactly 100 years. The Mead Corporation bought the mill in 1942, and the Escanaba Paper Company became a Mead subsidiary. Five years later, the compa- ny expanded the No. 1 paper machine system with the installation of two coaters, supercal- enders and rewinders, allowing the mill to
make coated printing papers. The mill discon- tinued newsprint production after 36 years.
Mead continued to expand the mill over the next four decades, and was involved in several multimillion-dollar expansion projects there. Among these projects were the installation of the No. 3 paper machine, kraft pulp mill, No. 7 and No. 8 turbine generators and No. 9 bark power boiler in 1972 and the installation of
the No. 4 paper machine, pulp mill, No. 9 turbine generator and No. 11 power boiler in 1980.
“The mill’s 100- year history of making investments to
enhance, expand and evolve its product port- folio, paired with hardworking, committed people, has contributed to its longevity and success,” Laverdiere said.
Today, the mill employs roughly 890 peo- ple and is capable of producing about 730,000 tons of paper per year. It makes graphic and specialty paper used in products such as magazines, books, direct mail and labels.
Laverdiere said he appreciates the role Verso employees in the Escanaba area played in the mill’s century-long history of paper pro- duction.
“I want to thank all of our Escanaba team members for their dedication to the mill, our customers and our communities. Here’s to another 100 years,” he said.
By Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — If the thousands of Californians who use Josh Simons’ app for musicians demand next month that Vampr delete their personal information, Simons will
be ready to comply.
The social network company expects to be
one of many businesses nationwide subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act, a law that takes effect Jan. 1 and gives consumers control over the personal information compa- nies collect, store and often share with other enterprises. Simons, who already had a user privacy policy in place before the act became law last year, has retooled the policy and the Vampr app.
“We have half a million users around the world,” Simons says. “It’s definitely some- thing we have to keep in mind.”
Companies across the country need to be aware of the law’s complex requirements even if they don’t deal directly with consumers. It covers companies that conduct business in California, including out-of-state companies that sell products or merchandise to California residents. The law can also cover companies that make money from providing services like payment processing or website hosting to businesses that are subject to the law.
The law does have provisions aimed at exempting small businesses — companies are subject to the law if they have worldwide rev- enue above $25 million, collect or receive the personal information of 50,000 or more Cal- ifornia consumers, households or electronic devices; or those who get at least half their rev- enue from selling personal information. But small companies can easily reach the 50,000 threshold for collecting or receiving informa- tion — an individual who has a phone, tablet, PC at home and one at work counts as four users, not one.
Vampr is currently about 1,000 users shy of the threshold, but Simons expects the app will
reach that milestone sometime in January. The Santa Monica, California-based company’s home state is its biggest market.
The law aims to protect consumers from having their information sold without their knowledge or consent. It was passed by the California Legislature in June 2018, and mod- eled on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which took effect in May 2018. The California law was enacted amid increasing concern about companies sharing consumer data, especially after it was learned that the data firm Cambridge Analyt- ica improperly accessed Facebook user infor- mation.
The California law gives consumers the right to know what personal information companies collect from them, and what businesses do with it — whether they share, transfer or sell it, and who is the recipient of the information. The law covers a wide range of data including names, addresses, Social Security and pass- port numbers, email addresses, internet browsing histories, purchasing histories, per- sonal property and health information, profes- sional or employment information, education- al records and information from GPS apps and programs.
Companies subject to the law must ensure their systems and websites are in compliance. Many without in-house technology staffs have hired companies to install software that among other things creates the website buttons and links that allow consumers to see their infor- mation and opt out of having it stored. Some companies may decide to get legal help to be sure they’re on the right track. Simons, who himself installed the software to make Vampr compliant, estimates the process cost the busi- ness $7,000, a large sum for a small compa- ny.
The law as it stands now may change — the Legislature has already passed a number of amendments.
 The mill employs roughly 890 people and is capable of producing about 730,000 tons
of paper per year.
  900 1st Ave. South, Suite A P.O. Box 1064, Escanaba, MI 49829
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