A year after announcement that it would close, plans for site of Alabama mill are uncertain


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COURTLAND, Alabama — A year after International Paper announced that it would close a north Alabama mill because of declining demand, there's much uncertainty about the site's future.

The Decatur Daily reports (http://bit.ly/1tH4SqS) that some see the 2,200 acres as key to Lawrence County's industrial and economic future. But the land is still owned by International Paper, and no new industry is set to move in.

Company spokeswoman Laura Gipson told the Decatur newspaper that International Paper has no further plan for the site at this time.

Tony Stockton, executive director of the Lawrence County Industrial Development Board, said he hasn't heard of any prospects regarding the site.

On Sept. 11, 2013, Memphis-based International Paper announced on Sept. 11, 2013, that the plant in Courtland would close. It was Lawrence County's largest employer.

Information from: The Decatur Daily, http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml

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