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Italian tissue paper maker builds new $360M plant


March 30, 2018
By P&PC Staff

Mar. 29, 2018 – The Sofidel Group, an Italian tissue paper manufacturer for sanitary and household uses, is expanding its production capacity in the U.S. with its latest investment.

The company has announced a $360-million investment for an integrated plant – tissue production and converting facilities – in Oklahoma. The site will be located in Inola, Rogers County, near the town of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“I am glad to announce this new greenfield investment – the second one, after the first made in Ohio. This new investment will support our growth in the US significantly, being the American market one of the crucial ones for our Group,” said Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel Group.

The investment will support the installation of two tissue paper machines for an overall production capacity of 120,000 tonnes per year each, with related converting lines. One machine will be dedicated mainly to toilet tissue production, while the second one will be used mostly to produce towels.

Facility construction is expected to start in March 2018 and will be completed by Q2 2020, while the converting lines and the warehouse functions will be in place by the end of Q2 2019, estimates the company. The company says the new production plant will employ 300 full-time workers once operational.