The mill was built in 1896 to make onionskin paper for type writers, which was a new invention at the time. Turner falls paper mill was then abruptly closed in 1994. Southworth bought the mill in 2006, trying to continue the business, though the paper industry shrunk because of technology. The expenses to run the paper mill are up to $100,000 a month, and the company could not keep up. The mill filed for bankruptcy , due to taxes and water use fees. 120 employees became out of work, and had the company had 9 million dollar in pension liability. The 178 year old building is now abandoned, and looking to be renovated but all attempts have failed.
When I visited it was all fenced off, I think it may be under redevelopment now.