Sappi smokestack demolition, a bittersweet goodbye for some

Neighbors react to demolition of smokestack

MUSKEGON, MICH - Randy Schneider worked in the Sappi Paper Mill for 17 years. On Tuesday July 18, 2017 he watched one of the smokestacks explode into a cloud of dust.

The Sappi mill closed down years ago, but the two large towers remained. Schneider saw them as a landmark of Muskegon. "They were the bread and butter for many people for many, many years, it's sad."

The demolition brought out people of all ages by foot, car and bike. As the clock hit 7 a.m. a large boom could be heard for miles. Many people clapped and cheered as the first Sappi Stack collapsed sideways.

Schnieder knows this is good for their area.

The more than 70-year-old buildings were filled with asbestos and deemed a hazard to air quality, so a demolition proved to be the safest way to remove them. The second stack will be taken down in the coming weeks.

Pure Muskegon will be developing a commercial and residential area in its place, opening up new possibilities for the city.

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