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Glatfelter Celebrates Grand Opening of Its New Airlaid Facility in Arkansas

specialty wipes The new Fort Smith facility adds 22,000 short tons of production capacity to Glatfelter's total global airlaid materials capacity. The new plant primarily supplies material to the specialty wipes market.

June 15, 2018 - Glatfelter today held the grand opening of its state-of-the-art airlaid facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas which began operations earlier this year.

This is Glatfelter's first newly-constructed facility and Advanced Airlaid Materials' first facility located within the United States. It is the company's third airlaid facility in total, and complements its facilities in Gatineau, Canada and Falkenhagen, Germany.

The new facility's additional 22,000 short tons of production capacity increases the Glatfelter's total global airlaid materials capacity to approximately 129,000 short tons, making Glatfelter the largest producer of airlaid materials in the world.

Glatfelter's airlaid materials are found in a wide range of personal care products, including feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products, specialty wipes, tabletop, and homecare applications.

The Fort Smith facility primarily supplies material to the specialty wipes market.

“We are excited to bring this new capacity and capabilities to our customers serving the growing North American market,” said Dante C. Parrini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “I am grateful for the support of the community and impressed with the caliber of workforce we have been able to attract from the Fort Smith area, which has allowed us to open the facility on-time and produce high-quality products from the outset.”

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson joined local and Company leaders for today's grand opening celebration.

Glatfelter is a global supplier of specialty papers and engineered materials, The company is headquartered in York, Pennsylvania and employs approximately 4,200 people and serves customers in over 100 countries. To learn more, please visit:

SOURCE: Glatfelter