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Lake Superior Paper Industries In Harmony videotape

 Collection — Box: VHS
Identifier: S4497

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a single videocassette. The video contains a documentary on Lake Superior Paper Industries entitled In Harmony. Besides featuring a tour through Lake Superior Paper Industries and describing the company’s product, it highlights the benefits of sound forest management. The color video is 10:38 minutes long. It was produced in March 1991, and it is in good condition.


  • Creation: 1991


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Kathryn A. Martin Library, Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

In January 1986, Duluth-based Minnesota Power and Pentair, Inc. a Roseville paper and machinery manufacturer had tentatively agreed to build a $400 million paper mill on the Bayfront in West Duluth. In 1985, the City of Duluth put together a package worth about $48 million for the plant. The joint venture would be known as the Lake Superior Paper Co., designed to produce about 236,000 tons per year of supercalendered paper product. It would require up to 200,000 cords of word per year for paper production and 90,000 cords of wood for fuel to produce steam. The partners hired former state legislator and city official Jack LaVoy to administer the comprehensive study. July 16, 1986, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that Duluth had the right to condemn Jeno Paulucci’s land to make way for a privately owned paper mill. Officials planned to demolish the Chun King plant on the Paulucci property. In 1989, Minnesota Power publicity materials thrilled to report in 1989, two years ahead of schedule, the paper plant was producing 240,000 tons of product. Nevertheless, Minnesota Power sold Lake Superior Paper Industries and its recycling plant to Consolidate Papers Inc., of Wisconsin Rapids. Minnesota Power got $112 million and the other partner, Pentair, Inc. of St. Paul, got $103 million in the sale. No one was saying at the time of the sale what would happen to the 330 employees at the mill and the 35 employees at the recycle plant. Naturally, Duluth city officials hoped that Consolidated would expand the facility. Everyone was saying Consolidated was a solid company, that 30% of its work force had been employed there for 20 or more years, and this would allow it to "broaden its base." Lake Superior Paper see Dulutian Jan/Feb 1986 p.8-11

Consolidated Papers, Inc. was incorporated in Wisconsin in 1894. The company and its subsidiaries operated primarily in the pulp and paper industry. Effective July 1, 1995, the Company acquired Lake Superior Paper Industries in Duluth, Minnesota (and two other paper companies in the upper Midwest). In March, 1996 it was reported that Jack H. LaVoy took a position with the state’s forest products industry, executive vice president of Minnesota Forest Industries, Inc. and the Minnesota Timber Producers Association.

Consolidate Papers, Inc., the parent company of Lake Superior Paper Industries announced in February 2000, that Consolidated was being purchased by Stora Enso Oyj, a Finnish paper-maker, for $4.8 billion. Duluth job cuts were announced in April 2000. Duluth’s plant employs about 350 people. Stora Enso Oyj sold its North American manufacturing operation, including the Duluth plant, to an Ohio-based company owned by Cerberus Capital in late 2007.


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The collection consists of a single videocassette. The video contains a documentary on Lake Superior Paper Industries entitled In Harmony.

Physical Location

This collection is located at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives. For more information about this collection or to make an appointment, contact us at or 218-726-8526.


This collection is part of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections, which are housed in the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives at the Kathryn A. Martin Library.

Guide to the Lake Superior Paper Industries In Harmony videotape
Finding Aid Authors: P. Maus.
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area

Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001
(218) 726-8526