History of Espanola
Originally founded along the Spanish River in Northern Ontario as a company-owned town in the early 1900s, Espanola was established by the Spanish River Pulp and Paper company. The town experienced rapid growth until the Great Depression, when the mill was forced to close and many employees left the area. Revived during the Second World War when a Prisoner of War (POW) Camp for German soldiers was established on the grounds, the Espanola paper mill eventually began producing specialty kraft paper again. Over the years, the mill changed ownership multiple times until finally being bought by Domtar in 1998. Today, Espanola is still very much a reflection of the paper mill town which shaped it, and employs over 500 individuals, manufacturing high quality Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft (NBSK) pulp.