International Paper in New Bern has a history of investing in Craven

They may smell, but paper mills bring a lot more to a town than odor, an odor that, while pungent, is not harmful to the health of passersby.

“Odor is a natural byproduct of the pulping process and is not harmful to health or the environment,” said Adam Miklos, mill manager for New Bern Mill.

The familiar odor has hung in the humid air of eastern North Carolina since 1777, when John Hulgan built the state’s first in Orange County.

“Paper production as it exists today demands two things in great quantity: wood and water. Both of these are historically abundant in the eastern part of the state,” said Joseph Beatty, research supervisor for the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “…Forest products have been a significant source of jobs in North Carolina since colonial times.”

In the years leading up to the Civil War, the paper industry brought $145,000 into North Carolina annually. In the middle of the 1900s, paper production was pumping $26 million into North Carolina. By the turn of the century, the state’s paper mill industry was worth $2 billion and employed 21,000.

Today, North Carolina’s forest sector makes up 2 percent of the state’s total economic output, that’s $21.6 billion and 73,600 employees.

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