W. Carrollton paper mill demolition knocks out power

Monday, Oct 19, 2015

Power is restored to all but three customers after crews razing a former paper mill knocked out power to more than 1,700 customers.

All but three of the 1,765 customers had power restored by 4:50 p.m., said Tom Tatham, director of operations for Dayton Power & Light.

Crews tearing down the former Ahlstrom mill on Elm Street broke one pole and part of a second pole, Tatham said, which requires extra crews and equipment to be brought in.

“We’re going to have to replace and fix the poles,” he said. “We’ll be working this evening to make those repairs.”

Crews demolishing the former Ahlstrom paper mill today took down power lines, knocking out power to more than 1,700 customers in West Carrollton.

Crews from Dayton Power & Light and AT&T are on scene.

Power should be fully restored within a couple hours, according to Centerville police, which dispatches for West Carrollton.


Elm Street was closed this morning in West Carrollton while crews work to demolish the former Ahlstrom paper mill.

Elm was closed to traffic between West Central Avenue and Slonaker Drive.
The former paper mill was built in 1896. Ahlstrom acquired the West Carrollton Parchment Co. in 2008 and employed about 90 workers before shutting down in 2012.

Ahlstrom plans to donate the 5 acres of land to the city.

The Ahlstrom property and the adjacent property, the former Fraser Papers site, are zoned for Planned Unit Development.


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