September 3, 2015 — Gorham achieves Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification

Gorham Paper/White Mountain Tissue has met the standards for FSC® Mix Chain of Custody certification based on a recent audit by SCS Global Services, a leader in environmental and sustainability certification.

FSC is the most rigorous international standard for responsible forestry. FSC certified forests conserve biological diversity, water resources and crucial ecosystems.  The FSC standard also upholds worker rights and supports economic prosperity in surrounding communities.  The FSC Chain of Custody certification ensures that certified wood products are tracked from forest to final product (and if applicable, that qualified recycled materials are used), adding legitimacy to the FSC claim throughout the supply chain.

This certification covers the production of paper tissue and towel, as well as the sourcing of pre- and post-consumer reclaimed material.

Trademark License Code FSC- C126931, Certificate Code SCS-COC-005340

September 1, 2015 — Lynn Tilton attends Employee Appreciation BBQ

Gorham Paper and Tissue hosted an Employee Appreciation BBQ today, with a special appearance by Lynn Tilton, Founder and CEO of Patriarch Partners.  Ms. Tilton spent time talking with many of the employees during lunch, and later toured the facility, meeting other employees along the way.  She finished the day with the management staff, discussing the importance of efficient operations and new grade development.

May 12, 2015 — Lynn Tilton visits Gorham Paper

Lynn Tilton, Founder and CEO of Patriarch Partners, visited the Gorham mill as part of her #sheforall jobs campaign to save American jobs.   Ms. Tilton is traveling across the country to portfolio companies, promoting the importance of manufacturing jobs to the American economy.

April 20, 2015 — CEO Dick Arnold addresses TAPPI’s PaperCon 2015 conference

Gorham/White Mountain Tissue CEO Dick Arnold, along with Central National-Gottesman’s SVP Warren Pullen, addressed the gathering at PaperCon 2015 as part of TAPPI’s 100th Centennial Celebration in Atlanta, Georgia.  The presentation, entitled “White Mountain Tissue: How Investment and Innovation Saved the Day (and a Community)”, was a two part presentation.  Arnold delivered Part 1 entitled “The Legacy of a New Hampshire Paper Mill: From Boom to Bust, and Back Again”.  The talk traced the rich history of the Gorham mill, from its startup to its heyday to its closure, and the subsequent resurrection when purchased by Patriarch Partners in 2011.  Part II, delivered by Pullen, was entitled “The Path to Success: The Right People, Partnerships — and a Plan”.  This part of the presentation highlighted the partnership between Gorham and CNG, and the joint efforts to market White Mountain Tissue.  More than 2000 people attended the conference.

April 2, 2015 — U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen Visits Gorham Mill

U. S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and members of her staff met Thursday with the Gorham mill leadership team and Union president.  Wayne Johnson, Gorham CFO, gave a presentation to update Senator Shaheen on the future direction of the Gorham mill.  CEO Dick Arnold augmented the presentation by elaborating on key issues and opportunities facing the mill as it continues to improve its grade mix and backlog.  One significant area of discussion centered on workforce development.  As CEO Arnold explained, Gorham has a very senior workforce, and it will be critical to train replacement workers as the existing mill employees reach retirement age.  Transferring that acquired knowledge and skill will be crucial to the long term success of the mill.

December 12, 2014 — Gorham CEO Announcement

On December 12, 2014 Dick Arnold assumed the role of CEO for Gorham Paper and Tissue, LLC.

Dick has over 35 years of operational, engineering and maintenance experience in highly competitive, customer focused specialty manufacturing businesses.  Most recently, Dick was CEO of Old Town Fuel and Fiber. Prior to that, he acted in a dual capacity for Patriarch Partners as CEO of both Old Town and Gorham Paper & Tissue.  He has a successful track record with significant bottom line improvement initiatives in pulp and paper manufacturing, and an extensive background in capital improvements, product development, and new technology initiatives.  He has held various positions during his career from Project Engineering to VP & General Manager of Operations for a $400 million paper manufacturing facility.  Dick earned a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Maine and is a Registered Professional Engineer.

August 23, 2014 — Gorham/White Mountain Tissue begins production of Premium ES™ Bath Tissue

The most recent product development efforts came to fruition today as White Mountain Tissue began its first commercial production run of Premium ES™ Bath Tissue. The new “Enhanced Softness” grade, available in several basis weights, is aimed at the Premium/Ultra bath tissue market. It has been specially designed to deliver a superior handfeel while maintaining important strength properties. Premium ES™ Bath Tissue is perfect for private label challengers to brand name Ultra and Premium offerings, or for more upscale Away-From-Home markets.