Louisiana-Pacific Corp. opened a recycling plant in Savage yesterday that is designed to turn newspapers into insulation.
The plant in the Corridor Industrial Park has 10 employees, but the work force is expected to grow to between 30 and 35 when the plant is in full operation. The plant is the first of its kind on the East Coast, said Bill Swinson, the plant manager.
Louisiana-Pacific, a Portland, Ore.-based maker of building materials, chose Savage because of its proximity to Baltimore and Washington, Mr. Swinson said.
The technology to turn paper into insulation is simple, he said. The paper is shredded, doused with fire-retardant chemicals, dried and bagged. The loose-fill insulation is comparable to glass-fiber insulation, he said.
Operations manager Marvin Johnson said Louisiana-Pacific has plants in Missouri and Ohio that have been turning newspaper into insulation for 10 years, but the Savage plant is computer-controlled and uses new technology.
The company will buy 300 to 400 tons of newsprint a month from Browning-Ferris Industries, convert it to insulation and sell it in retail stores and building contractors under the name Nature Guard. Prices range from $3.50 to $4 a bag.