Published on 21 April 2016 | America’s St. Croix Tissue has successfully started up the first of its two Andritz-supplied PrimeLine tissue machines at its Baileyville, Maine-based site.
It is the first time the mill – which is owned by Hong Kong-based International Grand Investment Corp (IGIC) – has produced tissue.
The first machine made saleable tissue on 16 March and has been in ramp up operation since that date.
It is one of two lines invested in by the business in a $120m investment, with the second line expected to be up and running in summer.
Once in full production, the two machines are expected to produce 120,000tpy.
The new, state-of-the art tissue paper manufacturing facility is located next to sister company Woodland Pulp. IGIC acquired the plant from Domtar in 2010.
St. Croix Tissue will produce paper napkins, paper towels, bathroom tissue and facial tissue for local tissue markets.