Tissue360 - Fall/Winter 2016 - 14
Von Drehle Starts Up
First Valmet NTT Tissue
Machine in the U.S.
Machine is producing 30,000 tpy of quality tissue and towel
products for the away-from-home market
Since 1974, the von Drehle Corp. has been supplying quality towel and tissue products to the away-from-home market.
On the last day of March this year, von
Drehle Corp., headquartered in Hickory, N.C.,
USA, started up the first Valmet Advantage NTT
tissue machine in the U.S. at its new tissue mill
in Natchez, Miss. The startup went so well that
the only word Production Manager Gary James
could think of to describe it was a "blessing."
Since 1974, the von Drehle Corp. has been
supplying quality towel and tissue products to
the away-from-home market. In 2007, the corporation became an ESOP company (Employee
Stock Ownership Plan), distributing a large share
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of the company to its dedicated employees. In
2013, the von Drehle family decided to make the
most significant investment in the company's
history and in the future-an investment in the
continued success and growth of the employee/
owners, the company, and their valued customers by acquiring the Mississippi River Pulp facility and installing the Valmet Advantage NTT
machine, the first of its kind in the U.S.
The new machine was part of $100 million
von Drehle invested to buy the idled Mississippi
River Pulp (MRP) mill and property in Natchez
in January 2013, upgrade its recycling/deinking
processes, and install four tissue converting
lines (fifth line currently being installed) in
addition to the new tissue machine. The basically new facility now produces tissue and towel
products (from 100 percent recycled fiber) that
are sold to the away-from-home market, mainly
to janitorial agencies who supply schools, colleges, office buildings, hospitals, government
facilities, airports, restaurants, etc.
The NTT machine at Natchez has a production capacity of 30,000 tpy. Some two-thirds