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 Boise Inc.
Wallula Highlights:
50 Years Plus

  • 1957     Boise Cascade - created by a merger of Boise Payette and Cascade Lumber - begins construction of its Wallula pulp and paper mill on a 500 acre site on the Columbia River in Walla Walla County. It was in the midst of resources vital to the firm’s entry into the pulp and paper business. The area provided access to a nearby natural gas line, cheap electric power and transportation. The site was at the junction of two major railway lines and was centrally located among the company’s seven sawmills.
  • 1959     The Wallula mill began full scale operation - with crews working around the clock to produce 170 tons of paper a day. Its product mix included corrugated containers used to ship fruits and vegetables raised by nearby growers.
  • 1961     Added capacity included the historically named “Princess Sacajawea” paper machine to provide paper required for corrugated containers for the company’s container plant in Wallula.
  • 1971     Construction begins on a 6,000 square foot addition to the #2 paper machine building to house equipment to produce dried pulp from the mill’s linerboard machine. The dried pulp was shipped as “market pulp.”
  • 1977     Boise announced a new $260 million expansion at Wallula with nearly $6 million dedicated to building a new paper machine, W3.
  • 1979     W1 was converted to producing baled market pulp, and by Christmas, W3 produced the first rolls of white paper.
  • 1991     With wood fi ber supplies dwindling, the company developed its own fiber farm using fast-growing cottonwood trees developed by Washington State University and the University of Washington.
  • 1994     Boise sells it paper, forest products and timberland assets to Madison Dearborn for $3.7 billion. As a result, Boise combined its own office product distribution business with OfficeMax, a super store chain acquired a year earlier. The company went private and the Wallula mill began operating under the divisional name Boise Paper.
  • 2007     Boise funded an $80 million overhaul of W3, enabling it to make uncoated and specialty coated papers. The makeover was a key element in Boise’s effort to become a leader in the flexible packaging industry.
  • 2008     A new public company, Boise Inc., was formed following the Aldabra 2 Acquisition Corporation’s purchase of the paper and packaging assets of Boise Cascade, L.L.C. Boise Inc. is traded on the NYSE: BZ
  • 2011     W3 transitions to producing 100% specialty paper.

600 employees
$42.8 million total payroll 2010
$76,000 average annual salary 2010
$1.9 million WW County property taxes 2011

WW County ag industry grows economy, creates
3,900 jobs annually...

    The value of Washington State’s 2010 agricultural production reached the second highest value in record - second only to 2007. According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, crop values reached $8.25 billion, 13 percent higher than 2009 and topped only by 2007’s $8.35 billion.
    While production values for Walla Walla County were reported as part of the NASA summary, it did suggest that three of the county’s major crops - apples, wheat and grapes - were among the top 10 commodities listed.
    Totals revealed by Pat McConnell, general manager of retail operations for The McGregor Company, suggest that Walla Walla County produces some $344 million in marketed crops annually. Farms in the county, McConnell says, average 734 acres, about twice the state average.

    Port of Walla Walla Commissioner Ron Dunning says the county’s growing farm production values contribute significantly to the health of the local economy.
    Among other things, an analysis of farm labor for 2010 showed that nearly 3,900 workers found full-time and seasonal jobs in Walla Walla County in 2010. That represents an estimated 13.5% of the county’s total employment.
    In addition, Dunning points to the Port’s long time commitment to the ag industry as a measure of its overall contribution to the area’s economic well being. He cites as examples an historic involvement in the development and protection of river navigation, the ongoing support of four-laning of US 12 and the successful completion of the Railex terminal to facilitate speedy shipment of produce to the East Coast. In addition, the Port has provided direct assistance to Broetje Orchards, Tyson Fresh Meats and the Walla Walla Valley wine industry.
    Most recent commodity acreages for Walla Walla County, as compiled by the Washington State Department of Agriculture and reported by McConnell are:

commodity acreages for Walla Walla County

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