‘Peninsula Daily News’ Moves to Local, Lighter Newsprint

By: E&P Staff

The Peninsula Daily News has moved to improved and lighter, locally sourced newsprint. All copies are now printed on newsprint from the Nippon Paper Industries USA Ltd. paper mill in the newspaper’s home town of Port Angeles, Wash.

The look and feel show up in pictures and ads that pop from the page and paper that is “a little stiffer… than what we had before,” PDN Editor and Publisher John C. Brewer told staff writer Rob Ollikainen.

The 40-gram Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper is a result of the mill’s expertise in making lightweight paper with less energy and with recycled fiber, according to Brewer. The directory paper mill recently resumed newsprint production after 25 years. The PDN had been using 43-gram newsprint from SP Recycling Corp., Newberg, Ore.

The PDN, which reported it spends approximately $500,000 per year on newsprint said it is the mill’s only newspaper customer, and accounts for under 1% of its production.

Ollikainen quoted Nippon Mill Manager Harold Norlund saying, “Any time you can support local business, it helps your neighbor. There are spin-off impacts.”

Three-quarters of the fiber comes from wood waste from lumbering operations on the Olympic Peninsula, while the balance is supplied by recovered newsprint and waste paper.

Norlund pointed out that local sourcing means less shipping and warehousing, and that trucks bringing in recovered paper go out with recycled newsprint.

PDN said the cost of the lighter newsprint from Nippon Paper is equal to the heavier paper that had been used for the past five years.

PDN, which tested the lightweight newsprint last fall, found that despite its lighter weight had better opacity, was brighter and felt heavier than the paper it had been using, according to Production Director Dean Mangiantini. “We expect to have less trouble with it,” he told his paper.

A further benefit is that the 11- and 22-inch rolls that the paper orders are easily cut from rolls on the mill’s paper machines without leaving waste.

Norlund said Nippon easily can switch between small lots of newsprint and the larger quantities of telephone directory paper that will keep the 90-year-old former Crown Zellerbach plant operating throughout year.

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