By Cindy Macdonald
The first of the tissue converting lines has entered production at Resolute Forest Products’ state-of-the-art tissue facility currently under construction in Calhoun, Tenn.
The company announced in early September the completion of commissioning of the first tissue converting line. The remaining two lines will be commissioned by year-end.
“We are on schedule with the US$270 million project, our largest investment since 2010,” stated Richard Garneau, president and CEO. “The first production of bath tissue and towel came off the converting line on August 17, representing an important milestone. We are confident that the new tissue machine will be operational as planned, in the first quarter of next year.”
Resolute’s new tissue machine and converting operations are being built at its Calhoun pulp and paper mill, which the company expects to be one of the most competitive and efficient tissue operations in North America. At full capacity, the facility will produce approximately 66,000 short tons per year of at-home, premium bath tissue and paper towel, focused on the growing private-label market.
Construction of the Advantage-NTT machine is underway. “We are proud to have one of the most modern and flexible NTT machines, specifically designed for the retail market in North America,” added Garneau. “It is important to position ourselves as a preferred supplier to major private-label retailers by delivering the highest quality product for their store brands.”
Resolute Forest Products produces a diverse range of products, including market pulp, wood products, tissue, newsprint and specialty papers in the United States, Canada and South Korea.