- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

RIEGELWOOD, N.C. (AP) - International Paper is investing $135 million at its mill in Riegelwood northwest of Wilmington, but the move is expected to cost some jobs at the mill next year.

Area media outlets report that when the upgrades are completed, the mill will be able to make 1.4 million tons annually of fluff pulp.

The market for fluff pulp, used in such things as diapers and feminine hygiene products, is expected to grow as much as 4 percent annually worldwide in the coming years.

A company spokesman says none of the 740 workers at the plant are expected to lose their jobs this year. The company did not say how many jobs might be lost when the conversion is complete in mid-2016.

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