FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2012
FRANKLIN, VA - International Paper has announced the start-up of its new fluff pulp operation in Franklin. The Company’ s once-closed Franklin paper mill has been repurposed to manufacture fluff pulp, a key ingredient in super absorbent products such as baby diapers, adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products, and medical Wipes.
“On behalf of the entire Franklin Team, We are very proud to embark on a new future for this facility,” said Franklin mill manager Allison Magness. “We have accomplished so much in the past year to get the mill up and running. I want to thank our entire Franklin team, those on the repurposing team, contractors, suppliers, all of the additional resources companywide andthe local community, who have Supported the start-up of the mill. It has been an amazing year of planning and execution that has brought us to Where We are today. For us, this is the beginning of a new chapter, and We look forward to becoming the best at making fluff pulp.”
Magness said the mill began manufacturing operations this week. She emphasized that the facility is in the early stages of operation and will now be focused on transitioning to production.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our company. We were able to invest in a facility Where we knew we had good assets and great people,” said International Paper Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Faraci, who recently toured the southeastern Virginia operation. “There is a strong business case for this uniquely American product made from southern softwood that will help meet a global market demand. We think this move will further strengthen the company’s presence in the worldwide fluff pulp market.”
The Franklin Mill employs more than 200 people. Once in full production, the operation is targeted to manufacture approximately 840 tons per day ofhigh-quality fluff pulp.
The repurposing represents an investment of approximately $90 million and includes the retrofitting of a paper machine to produce pulp.
Magness said a mill commissioning ceremony is planned for later this summer.
About International Paper
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global paper ana' packaging company with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia anal North Africa. Its businesses include uncoated papers and industrial and consumer packaging, complemented by xpedx, the company's North American distribution company. Headquartered in Memphis, T erin., the company employs approximately 70,000 people and is strategically located in more than 24 countries Serving customers worldwide. International Paper net sales for 2011 were $26 billion. Temple-Inland Inc., which was acquired in February 2012, had 2011 net sales of $4 billion. For more information about International Paper, its products and stewardship efforts, visit internationalpaper.com.