A start-up with a legacy of papermaking

Gorham Paper and Tissue started in May of 2011 when funds managed by Patriarch Partners purchased the former Fraser Papers facility. The legacy of Gorham is extensive, dating back to 1852 when the operation opened as a saw mill. Over the years, numerous companies owned the operation, building a foundation of process, innovation and papermaking expertise.



Gorham is a strategic partner to our customers, delivering exceptional value and customer service to ensure long term success for both organizations.



Gorham strives to:

  • Be first in our customers’ minds for innovation and nimble manufacturing;
  • Be responsible stewards of the environment and our employees’ safety;
  • Provide outstanding value to our customers, employees, suppliers and investors
  • Use the “One Team, One Focus, One Direction” approach in all we do
  • Embrace continuous improvement making it the foundation for operational excellence



Accountability: we take on the ownership role in our business decisions and future.

Caring: we have respect for our employees, community and stakeholders.

Integrity: we strive to do what’s right, the first time, every time

Customer focus: a trusted partner, creating value and sustainability

Diversity: promotes innovation and new channels of revenue

Innovative: our commitment to new idea generation and value added initiatives


2016 Gorham/White Mountain Tissue achieves PEFC® and SFI® certifications
2015 Gorham/White Mountain Tissue achieves FSC® Mix certification

Gorham/White Mountain Tissue introduces Premium ES, an enhanced softness bath tissue

Gorham idles 2 fine paper machines to focus on towel and tissue products

2013  Gorham expands packaging offering to include 9 specialty products. Specialty Papers are re-branded:
Optix™, Helix™, Vertix™ & Iconix™

Tissue machine begins producing commercial product under the name White Mountain Tissue

Methane and natural gas lines installed to reduce usage of fossil fuel


$35 million invested into installation of state-of-the-art tissue machine

Gorham integrates with Old Town Fuel and Fiber providing a secure pulp source

Gorham Paper and Tissue opened

2010  Fraser Paper sells operation to RB Counsel for liquidation
2002  Nexfor Fraser Papers buys operations, making paper within 7 days
1999  Pulp and Paper of America (PPA) purchases the Berlin-Gorham operations
1995  James River creates a spin-off company, Crown Vantage
1980  James River Corporation buys the pulp and paper mill
1968  Brown Company shifts control to Gulf & Western Industries
1941  A new kraft mill is built in Berlin and new tissue machine installed at Gorham
1917  Name changed to Brown Company
1912  Newspaper machines convert to kraft production, becoming one of the world’s largest producers at the time
1891  Two paper machines at Gorham produce newsprint
1888  Berlin Mills Company enters pulp and paper industry with a groundwood mill in Gorham, NH
1852  Berlin Mills Company opens sawmill in Berlin, NH