USA – American pulp and paper company, International Paper has officially opened its latest corrugated packaging facility in Atglen, Pennsylvania.

The US$100 million facility is providing more than 100 manufacturing jobs to Atglen and the surrounding communities.

The new facility will produce corrugated packaging for produce, processed food, beverage, shipping, distribution and e-commerce customers.

The company announced the start of construction of the plant at the end of 2021. Initially, the launch of the facility was planned for the first quarter of 2023.

Darrin Hinds, Regional General Manager, and Cam Rushing, Plant General Manager cut the ribbon to officially inaugurate our newest state-of-the-art box corrugated packaging plant. We pledge to deliver on our customer promise, providing innovative, sustainable packaging solutions.

Tom Hamic, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, International Paper said: “Our corrugated packaging business is an important part of International Paper. This strategic investment will add local jobs and help us better serve our customers.”

“After months of hard work, it is exciting to see construction complete with machines running. At Atlgen, we are helping to create what’s next by making fiber-based sustainable products our customers value,” added Darrin Hinds, Regional General Manager, International Paper.

The completion of this project was a collaborative effort between International Paper and local, county and state community partners.

Atglen was selected based on its access to a skilled workforce, multi-mode transportation capabilities and easy distribution access to strategic markets.

Pratt Industries opens US$500M paper mill

Meanwhile, in a similar development, Pratt Industries, Inc. has officially opened its US$500 million 100% recycled paper mill and corrugated box factory in Henderson, Kentucky.

It is the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly paper mill ever built and will save the equivalent of 25,000 trees every day.

In December 2021, Pratt broke ground on the first of two facilities that will total 1.15 million square feet of space along Kentucky Highway 425 in Henderson County.

Earlier that year, the company announced a US$400 million investment, which has since grown to US$500 million to support the construction of a 500,000-square-foot box factory.

It will produce corrugated sheets and boxes, including pizza boxes and packaging for major distributors and big box stores, with paper sourced from the new state-of-the-art, 650,000-square-foot paper mill, which produces 100% recycled paper.

The new paper machine in Henderson, which is more than twice the length of a football field, will produce 1,500 tonnes of 100% recycled paper every day.

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