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Toilet paper revitalizes a livelihood

February 23, 2012

GORHAM, NH — In the face of the digital revolution, it looked like New Hampshire''s papermaking heritage would become obsolete, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In 2010, the region''s last paper mill closed down, putting nearly 200 workers out of a job, the article stated.

According to the article, however, under new management, the Gorham Tissue and Paper Mill is running again.

The rebirth, and optimism that is spreading to other paper mills in the nation, is due to one of the few bright spots in the industry: A steadily rising demand for toilet and tissue paper that accompanies population growth, the article noted.

"I know of nothing that can replace it. You can do digital on books and financials and all this, but it''s hard to do digital on tissue paper, hand towels and so forth," said Willis Blevins, the 70-year-old manager of Gorham Paper and Tissue.

"Your bath tissue is always going to be there, in my opinion. What are you going to replace it with," Blevins asked.

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