Former International Paper employees surprise Pineville's City Council
A special moment took place at the Pineville City Council meeting on Tuesday night when employees who previously worked for the International Paper (IP) made an appearance before the council.
Those former employees presented the city council with a plaque, which contained names of the “Employees of the Month” from IP before the plant closed. The names on the plaque date back to when the mill first opened. They also presented the council with a picture of the old paper mill as well.
“We gladly accepted that donation, and we will gladly hang them in City Hall,” Clarence Field, the Mayor of Pineville said. "That way when people walk down the halls of City Hall, they will be able to look back and remember those who put forth the effort in working at the Pineville Kraft International Paper Company Mill.”
The IP employed around 300 employees when it first opened, and it closed in 2009.