Domtar Reopens Kingsport Mill as 100% Recycled Containerboard Facility with 6,00,000 TPA Production Capacity - Papermart

Domtar Reopens Kingsport Mill as 100% Recycled Containerboard Facility with 6,00,000 TPA Production Capacity

Domtar reopened its Kingsport, US, mill in January and celebrated the same on May 25. The reopened mill houses a 100 percent-recycled containerboard machine and boasts a production capacity of about 600,000 TPA of high-quality recycled liner board and corrugated medium.

June 1, 2023

(L-R) Nick Castle, field representative for Sen. Bill Hagerty; State Rep. Bud Hulsey; Cody Woods, field representative for Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger; Darrell Brady, district director for Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger; Kingsport Mayor Pat Shull; TNECD Commission Stuart McWhorter; Domtar Kingsport Mill Manager Troy Wilson; Domtar Executive VP & COO Steve Henry; Charlie Floyd, Domtar VP of strategic capital projects for Domtar’s packaging business; U.S. Sen. Bill Hagerty; State Senator Jon Lundberg; Clay Walker, NETWORKS CEO; and State Rep. John Crawford.

Domtar celebrated the reopening of its Kingsport, US, mill with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 25. The mill was reopened in January and is presently Tennessee’s largest recycled manufacturer housing North America’s second-largest 100 percent-recycled containerboard machine. Post-reopening, the mill is manufacturing high-quality recycled liner board and corrugated medium at a capacity of 600,000 TPA, approximately.

After a two-year project, the mill has been converted into Domtar’s first 100 percent-recycled containerboard facility, including the transformation of its previously uncoated freesheet paper machine into a 100 percent-recycled containerboard machine. Mr. Troy Wilson, Kingsport Mill Manager, said, “Our machine is one of the most sophisticated and highly automated machines in North America. Its state-of-the-art technology is enabling us to provide our customers with a high-quality, consistent product thanks to a highly controllable, stable, and repeatable process.”

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Mr. Steve Henry, Domtar’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, commented “The Kingsport Mill is blazing a trail as Domtar’s first 100 percent-recycled containerboard facility. We’re building on our 175-year legacy as a fiber innovator by entering the packaging business. It’s a large and growing market, and we’re very excited by the customer response we’ve received.”

Mr. Henry further said that the mill’s reopening is proof of the company’s commitment to providing independent corrugated converters with a full range of 100 percent-recycled performance liner board and medium with superior strength and outstanding print performance. “Thanks to our world-class team and asset here in Kingsport, we’re supplying sustainable packaging grades to the independent corrugated community. We are proud of our home here in Kingsport and look forward to continuing to be part of this community for many years to come.”

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Mr. Pat Shull, Kingsport’s Mayor, was also present at the ceremony, and commented, “This project fits with the Kingsport spirit of working together. You can’t think of Kingsport without thinking of our paper mill. It’s a great day to be in Kingsport.”