PaperWorks Philadelphia Mill to close


A legend in the industry, the PaperWorks Philadelphia Mill which represents more than 200 years of papermaking history, is dead.  

The site was the world’s first paper mill in 1690 and the likely place of origin of the world’s first recycled paperboard in 1881. According to PaperWorks Industries‘ Website, the Philadelphia Mill also houses what it claims is the widest paper machine in the world.

PaperWorks Industries recently filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN notice) with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, indicating that the Philadelphia Mill is slated to close on April.

Founded in 2008, PaperWorks Industries is an integrated, full-service North American packaging provider. The company’s Packaging Division produces specialized folding cartons, with facilities in the U.S. and Canada. Its Paperboard Division manufactures approximately 300,000 tons of 100% recycled paperboard annually for a variety of end uses, largely concentrated in consumer products.

PaperWorks Industries currently employs nearly 1,600 workers across 17 North American locations.

It is a holding of Sun Capital Partners.


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