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Domtar completes 175 years in operation in 2023

January 4, 2023  By P&PC Staff

In 2023, Domtar is celebrating 175 years of manufacturing products.

The company shared the story of its journey in a press statement. Domtar explained that it is built on more than a century of anticipating what its customers need and what consumers want to buy for everyday living. Domtar states that the anniversary marks the beginning of its next chapter.

Domtar’s roots trace back to 19th-century England. That’s when Henry Potter Burt established Burt, Boulton Holdings. His company specialized in treating lumber to prevent decay and business boomed as demand for railway ties and wharf pilings grew in Europe and North America.


As the company grew, he moved to Canada and founded Dominion Tar and Chemical Company in 1903. The company grew along with Canada’s industrialization and diversified over the years, making products including chemicals, consumer products, construction materials and paper and packaging. Over the years, the company purchased other facilities and companies across North America, some of which are integral parts of Domtar today.

Today Domtar is a supplier to a diverse set of businesses in pulp, paper and packaging.

Domtar shares that the company’s success is because of its knowledgeable and dedicated employees, many of whom stay with it for decades. It’s not uncommon for multiple generations of families to work at Domtar. Domtar’s people are at the heart of its agile manufacturing capabilities and reliable supply chain network that helps the company succeed and grow.

Domtar plans to recognize its 175th anniversary in a variety of ways throughout the year.

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