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The Luke mill of Verso Corporation now employs about 800 people and has spent millions of dollars to abate pollution of the narrow valley. The town of Luke is named for William Luke, who founded the company in 1888 on 50 acres along the Potomac. The plant and company grew to eventually became the MeadWestvaco Corp. In 2005 the plant and other papermaking facilities were sold to an investment firm, which created NewPage Corporation in 2006. The huge mill operation covers the corner of three counties and two states. The plant manufactures more than 500 tons of high quality coated white printing paper each day. The mill has contributed several hundred million dollars for upgrades to the plant to improve efficiency. Tours of the papermaking plant are available by appointment from the mill. The corporate owner, Verso Corpoation, filed for bankruptcy in January 2016.