In May of 2011, Gorham Paper and Tissue, LLC (GPT) located in Gorham, NH acquired the former Fraser Papers paper mill via investment funds managed by Patriarch Partners, LLC (Patriarch). The Gorham paper mill is a non-integrated facility that produced a wide range of uncoated free sheet grades for printing applications as well as a small but growing specialty applications market, and a wet crepe towel grade for the ‘away-from-home’ segment.
Gorham is well known in the market for its extensive breadth of capability and its diverse offering including grease-proof paper used in food packaging, opaques, wet-strength and colored printing papers. The configuration of the mill enables Gorham to meet the technical requirements of the specialty applications and provide customers with tremendous manufacturing flexibility.
The Gorham mill dates back to 1852 with its beginning as a sawmill and was known in the North Country for 110 years as Brown Company. As the company transitioned from sawmill to paper mill, and briefly into tissue, the long term viability was plagued with high costs and non-competitiveness. In December 2010 the paper mill was sold to Counsel RB for liquidation. Today Gorham Paper and Tissue is earmarked for restart with a new cost basis and product offering. Additional investment is planned for a new tissue machine and gas pipeline for a blend of landfill and natural gas as its primary energy source for steam generation. Its electrical needs are carbon neutral hydropower. Optimization of its energy platform and conversion to “green” energy provide the foundation for its growth in tissue and towel markets.
Gorham’s value and diversity of its manufacturing model are synergistic with Patriarch’s pulp mill in Old Town, Maine. GORHAM PAPER AND TISSUE POSITIONED AS SUCCESS STORY ON CBS EVENING NEWS
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