More than 130 workers could be on the job at Cheboygan's Great Lakes Tissue Company thanks to a $150 million investment. Green Box NA, LLC is investing close to $350 million dollars, split between facilities in Cheboygan and Detroit.
The project will take restaurant paper waste from around the Detroit area, and after some pre-processing, transfer the material to Cheboygan in the form of bails and pellets for final processing into both commodity and value-added, finished product components. This process is supposed to keep the paper from restaurants, which they probably waste a lot of, out of landfills and reuse the paper or it will be recycled. Chairman of Greenbox, Ron Van Den Heuvek, says they are looking to revitalize Great Lakes Tissue Company Mill by acquiring them and installing $150 Million in new equipment. The Cheboygan facility??s operation will include production of bath, facial, napkin and towel tissue products, as well as biofuels, fuel pellets and soil enhancements.
The project should be up and running in the next 18 months. ??Today??s projects will help strengthen and revitalize these Michigan communities and help growing companies generate new job opportunities,?? said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. ??We should all applaud these investments in Michigan??s future.??