New York City’s new $30 million paper processing plant will bring a new boost to the paper industry, as the city plans to double the capacity of its five-story facility by the end of next year.
The plant will use a paper-processing process called an electrochemical, which is used to create paper by removing water vapor, creating a gel-like film, and then electrochemical printing, according to the city’s Office of the Paper Commissioner.
The new facility will process up to 1,000 sheets per minute, according a press release.
A paper mill will also be added to the facility to process the citywide paper.
The facility will begin operations this year and produce more than 200,000 paper sheets per year, according the press release from the paper commissioner.
The city’s $20 million plant will produce a maximum of 1,400 sheets per hour.
The New York Times called the new plant “a major advance” that will “help bring about a more efficient paper industry.”
A paper industry official told the Times that the city would be able to use the new technology in its paper production processes.
The paper processing facility will take advantage of a process called aqueous acid filtration, according The Times.
The process is used in paper making to remove water vapor and other impurities from the product, which helps prevent the formation of paper clumps, according Toews Times.
According to the Times, the city was able to reduce the paper manufacturing costs for about 40 percent because of the process.
The news outlet also pointed out that the paper processing industry will have a significant impact on the city, as it will likely increase employment in the area.
The Associated Press also pointed to the increased employment in an area of the city that has been hard hit by the recession, noting that about 5,000 workers have been laid off since last fall.
A number of New York-area paper mills were shuttered or sold off in recent years.
A New York paper mill has been slated to close by 2020.
New York city has faced the loss of about 1,600 jobs due to the economic downturn, according NBC New York.
A recent study found that 1,300 jobs in the city were lost due to rising unemployment and the economic crisis.
The recession and job losses have prompted the New York State Department of Labor to announce that its office is expanding a $20-million economic development program to bring more jobs to the area, including in the paper and packaging industries.