Clearwater Paper Starts Up New TAD Tissue Machine at Shelby Mill

Clearwater Paper's Shelby, North Carolina mill first opened in June 2011.

Dec. 18, 2012 - Clearwater Paper today said that it has started up a new through-air-dried (TAD) paper machine at the company’s newest facility at Shelby, North Carolina.

The machine produced its first finished ton and converted product on December 13.

“Construction of all phases to date of the nearly one-million-square-foot facility came in on-time and on-budget,” said Gordon Jones, chairman and CEO. “The dedication and support of Clearwater Paper’s 200 Shelby employees have already made this facility a huge success.”

Upgrades to a second Clearwater Paper TAD paper machine, located at the company’s facility in North Las Vegas, have also been completed. The enhancements enable the facility to produce TAD ultra-bathroom tissue and household towels.

In a statement, Clearwater said, "New production and distribution capability at Shelby is expected to increase the company's ultra and premium offerings to existing southern and East Coast customers. Collectively, the two TAD machines will create new opportunities to expand the company's private label consumer tissue business around a national manufacturing footprint, supplying these key products to customers across the United States."

Linda Massman, president and COO of Clearwater Paper noted, “The completion of the flagship facility in Shelby fulfills one of Clearwater Paper’s primary business strategies — to focus on growing the consumer products segment of the company," said Linda Massman, president and COO.

“Combined with the recent upgrade at our North Las Vegas facility, these two important projects have helped Clearwater Paper achieve our goal of a coast-to-coast manufacturing footprint focused on best serving our private label customers,” Massman added.

Clearwater Paper manufactures quality consumer tissue, away-from-home tissue, parent roll tissue, machine glazed tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at 15 manufacturing locations in the U.S. and Canada. The company is a premier supplier of private label tissue to major retailers and wholesale distributors. This includes grocery, drug, mass merchants and discount stores. The company also produces bleached paperboard used by quality-conscious printers and packaging converters.

SOURCE: Clearwater Paper Corp.