Columbia Pulp, headquartered in Dayton, has announced plans to reopen of its Lyons Ferry plant in early May.

This comes more than a year after coronavirus concerns forced the plant to shut down in April 2020.

“We’re excited in taking this next step,” Columbia Pulp CEO John Begley stated in a recent news release.

The restart means more than 90 full-time employees will return to work when the plant is fully operational.

Returning employees are expected to make up about 70% the work force as Columbia Pulp begins resuming operations, administrative services manager Eleanor Specht said.