Advanced Capabilities Establish Pixelle as Specialty Papers “Center of Excellence”
Spring Grove, PA-based Pixelle Specialty Solutions has completed its acquisition of specialty-paper mills in Jay, ME (”Androscoggin”) and Stevens Point, WI, from Verso Corp.
With the addition of the newly acquired mills, Pixelle is now the largest specialty-paper producer in North America with production currently exceeding one million tons annually. Pixelle has industry-leading positions in multiple specialty-paper grades including release papers, thermal labels, food and beverage labels, food packaging papers, inkjet papers, casting liners, book papers, carbonless and forms, security papers, envelope and converting papers, and various niche products.
Pixelle Chief Executive Officer Timothy Hess says, “Customers now have access to the specialty-paper industry’s largest assembly of technical expertise, product knowledge, skilled labor and production capabilities. At this industry-leading scale, we can provide customers with advanced capabilities such as barrier coatings, customized coating technologies, release and casting chemistries, inkjet innovations, document security, and short-run custom colors.”
The combination bundles many of the industry’s most preferred and innovative brands under the Pixelle banner including: Aspect® release liners and pressure sensitive face papers, Pixelle® inkjet papers, Unitherm® thermal transfer label papers, Exhere® casting and release papers, NK Series natural kraft papers for converting and food packaging, Pointflex™ food and medical packaging papers, Excel One® and Trans/Rite® carbonless, Defensa® security papers, and 1864 Tradebook.
Pixelle now operates a four-mill specialty-paper system: Jay, ME; Chillicothe, OH; Spring Grove, PA; and Stevens Point, WI. Three have on-site pulp mills. Collectively the mills deploy 12 paper machines and produce more than one million tons of paper annually. In addition, Pixelle operates a converting facility in Fremont, OH, and strategically located wood-sourcing operations committed to sustainable forestry throughout its operating regions.