Verso Corporation is a North American producer of coated papers including coated groundwood, coated freesheet, supercalendered and specialty products. The company restructured in 2016 following Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Verso operates two paper mills in the U.S.
,The company was formed in August 2006 when Apollo Global Management purchased the coated and supercalendered paper business from International Paper. In April 2008, Verso conducted an initial public offering and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In January 2015, Verso completed its acquisition of NewPage Holdings.
,Verso Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on January 26, 2016. Six months later, the company emerged from bankruptcy after restructuring and reducing its debt by $2.4 billion. As of January 2017, the company moved its headquarters from Memphis, Tennessee to Miamisburg, Ohio in a consolidation of offices as the company set a goal of reducing its overhead expenses by 10% annually.
,In January 2017, B. Christopher DiSantis was appointed as chief executive officer and a director of Verso effective as of February 1, 2017. DiSantis resigned in April 2019 and Leslie Lederer was appointed as interim CEO. At the end of April 2019, Verso gave two months notice of the impending closure of its mill in Luke, Maryland.
In 2008, Verso received the Environmental and Energy Achievement Award from the American Forest and Paper Association for its work with the Bucksport Environmental Innovation Partnership.
,In 2010, Verso received the Sustainable Forestry Initiative President's Award for its partnership efforts to promote sustainable forest management principles and initiatives in Maine.
,In 2015, Verso Paper's Quinnesec Mill was awarded the Michigan Voluntary Protection Program Star award by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the fifth time.
,On June 9, 2020, Verso announced a plan to idle its US paper mills in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin and Duluth, Minnesota indefinitely by late July 2020. The closure was due to the decline in demand for graphic paper and reduced use of print advertising in various industries during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the company, a small number of employees will be kept on afterwards for an unknown time until remaining stock is sold. Between the two paper mills, about 1,000 employees are expected to be laid off, with 900 of those at the Wisconsin Rapids Mill.