Arkansas Timber Success Story: Domtar Corporation
SituationDomtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products including commercial printing, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 10,000 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day.
The Problem/ChallengeIn 2014, the company was looking for a location to expand its operations in North America. The Canada-based company had a goal of generating $300 million to $500 million of EBITDA from growth businesses by 2017. Domtar wanted to expand its presence in a growing business that would allow them to support their top-tier supplier position with some of the world's largest producers of absorbent hygiene products.
SolutionDomtar Corporation completed a major expansion of its manufacturing mill with the startup of a newly converted fluff-pulp operation in Ashdown, Arkansas. The conversion was one of the largest capital projects in the company’s history
ResultsDomtar’s Ashdown Mill has steadily grown in size to become one of the largest paper and fluff pulp producing facilities in the world. The mill has had a significant impact on the timber and forest products industry in Arkansas, and across the region as well. From technological advancements, to sustainability, Domtar has emerged as a leader in the industry. The operation has an estimated regional economic impact of $1.9 billion and directly supports 800 local jobs, making it the largest employer in Little River County.
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FAST FACT: The company has reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 18 percent since 2010, surpassing its goal of 15 percent by 2020.