Process: Watch a 147-Year-Old Paper Mill Produce a ‘Black Licorice’ Roll

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By Lindsay J. Warner
French Paper, a sixth-generation paper mill in Michigan, endures in the digital age.

Founded by J.W. French on the banks of the St. Joseph River in southwest Michigan in 1871, French Paper is one of the last small, independent paper mills in America—and one of the few still owned and run by the same family. "When I tell people I’m a paper salesman, the first thing they say is, ‘Didn’t the internet kill that job?’" jokes Brian French, J.W.’s great-great-great grandson.

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