Board Converting News, June 13, 2022

Domtar On Track To Complete Plant Conversion Project In TN

Fort Mill, South Carolina based Domtar reported that it is on track to completing its $350 million transformation proj- ect in Kingsport, Tennessee, to become a containerboard manufacturer. The company recently released an update saying the company’s first 100 percent recycled packaging facility should be complete by the end of 2022. Domtar also announced the dedication of its newly built bridge in honor of Marty Barfield, a former mill man- ager who died in 2020 after a long illness. “We believe this structure is symbolically our ‘bridge to the future,’” Domtar Mill Manager Troy Wilson said. “It’s a perfect and meaningful way to honor Marty Barfield and his contributions to the mill. It represents his vision for the mill’s future and the positive influence he’s had on us all.” The bridge was built as part of Domtar’s efforts to of- fer a new entry and exit point for trucks hauling raw and finished material at the site. Officials say the new bridge is designed to reduce disruptions to traffic through down- town. The company was able to build the bridge on the Cloud Park property, which was owned by the City of King- sport until the city and Domtar swapped it for Domtar’s Cement Hill property that sits behind the mill. The company has also received its first recycled mate- rial bale, made up of retail boxes and other mixed paper such as cereal boxes, office paper and newsprint. Each year, the mill will use about 660,000 tons of recovered pa- per to produce new recycled packaging products to serve independent corrugated converters. “We’re building recovered paper inventory in a thought- ful, measured way to prepare for our startup later this year,” Packaging Senior Vice President Steve Henry said. The conversion project will transform the former paper manufacturer into a mill that creates containerboard. Once the Kingsport mill’s conversion is complete, it will have the capacity to produce and market nearly 600,000 tons of high-quality recycled linerboard and corrugated medium each year, making it the second- largest recycled contain- erboard machine in North America. Visit for more information. WestRock To Close Mill In Panama City, FL Atlanta, Georgia based WestRock Company recently an- nounced that it will permanently cease operations at its mill in Panama City, Florida, effective June 6, 2022. The mill produces containerboard, primarily heavy- weight kraft, and fluff pulp, with a combined annual capac- ity of 645,000 tons. Select grades of containerboard cur- rently produced at the mill will be manufactured at other WestRock facilities. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6


June 13, 2022

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