International Paper has broken ground on a $103 million expansion project at its Cedar River Mill in southwest Cedar Rapids.
The project will include the construction of a 20,000-square-foot building to house natural gas boilers that will provide steam power for the plant and a water treatment plant. Currently, the plant's steam power is supplied by coal-powered boilers at the Prairie Creek Generating Station. However, Prairie Creek will no longer burn coal by the end of 2025.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, project manager Anthony Cleves described the expansion project to Cedar Rapids City Council members. The project is expected to increase the production capacity of the Cedar River Mill, create new job opportunities, and boost the local economy.
The investment in the expansion project reflects International Paper's commitment to growth, sustainability, and meeting the increasing demand for its products. The use of natural gas power boilers will also contribute to the company's Vision 2030 target of reducing its enterprise greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by the year 2030, which is verified by the Science Based Target Initiative.
The expansion project is a positive development for International Paper, its employees, and the local community. It demonstrates the company's commitment to sustainability and reducing its environmental impact, as well as its dedication to growing its business and meeting the needs of its customers. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.
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