LUKE, Md. — Work will stop at the Verso paper mill here a month earlier than announced on April 30.

The 675 employees will be paid through June 30, but workers were notified today that production is ending May 31 — 3 weeks from today.

“The mill will cease all production on May 31 to prevent the further build of inventory," said Kathi Rowzi, Verso’s vice president of communications and public affairs.

Some employees will still be required at the mill after May 31 to ensure its orderly and safe shutdown, the company said.

The mill’s closing will wipe out much of the logging industry in Hampshire County — for landowners, loggers, truckers and the businesses that support them.

 

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