Willamette Falls Paper Company is excited to bring a new energy and innovation to papermaking in the Northwest. As the only coated free-sheet producer on the West Coast, we will offer nimble, responsive manufacturing that delivers what our customers need—quality paper with fast, on-time delivery. The new operation will own three paper machines, capable of making traditional coated and uncoated grades with the potential capacity of 260,000 tons. Willamette Falls Paper Company is starting up with one machine and will be shipping paper in late August. This will be quickly followed up in September with a second machine startup and shipments.
Paper has been a part of life in West Linn, Oregon for over 130 years. We are excited to bring an innovative, fresh approach to the Willamette Falls Paper mill. Our leadership team is a blend of old and new, bringing a mix of technical and business experience that will re-establish the organization, and contribute to the economic life of the community beyond manufacturing. While the mill’s initial focus will be on traditional paper-making, the plant will also be a leader in developing and innovating non- traditional fiber sources such as pulp from wheat straw and the new farm crop of hemp. Long term, the mill will strive to play a pivotal role in helping the greater metro area to recycle its waste paper into secondary fiber to create more of a closed loop at significant energy and environmental savings.
As we work to bring the mill online, we will start up on Paper Machine #1 making 80# &100# text (gloss and matte) and 7- and 9-point matte reply card with the same brightness and specifications that the mill previously produced. Lighter basis weights and additional grades will be available in September.
A sharp #2 coated 90 bright free-sheet web paper that delivers strength, reliable opacity, and outstanding performance. Capistrano delivers a bright, blue-white shade with minimal variation for a quality finished piece. Capistrano Specifications
A consistent #3 coated free-sheet paper with 86-88 brightness that delivers a smooth blue-white sheet with excellent opacity and ink holdout. Sonoma offers a wide range of text weights and gloss or matte finishes. Sonoma Specifications
The Nature series will be an FSC®- certified paper available with a range of 10% to 30% post-consumer waste recycled content. Our Nature papers offer comparable brightness, ink gloss, and print quality that is on par with virgin fiber products. Nature Web is a #3 coated free-sheet paper with 86-88 brightness. Nature Plus is a #2, 92 bright coated free-sheet paper. Nature Specifications and Nature Plus Specifications
Through sound environmental practices, waste reduction, and energy efficient operations, we will work to protect the natural beauty of our community. We plan to continue offering recycled post-consumer waste in our Nature grades, along with FSC® certification. Our vision is to integrate the use of non- traditional fiber sources such as pulp from wheat straw, agricultural waste, and hemp into the process to become an innovative leader in environmental paper production.
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