Italian Firm Opens $400M Paper Products Plant in Ohio

October 4, 2018

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Italian Firm Opens $400M Paper Products Plant in Ohio
The new Sofidel plant in Ohio. Image courtesy of Sofidel

A grand opening ceremony was held by Italian paper company Sofidel on Wednesday at its new production plant in Circleville, OH, marking the completion of the firm’s first greenfield investment, a company press release announced. 

Investing about $400 million into the project, the new 280-acre Sofidel site will produce toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins. The integrated facility includes a paper mill, converting plant, and a warehouse. 

“The United States is a crucial market for us and is where we intend to grow,” Luigi Lazzareschi, the chief executive officer of the Sofidel Group, said in a statement. “This plant will help us fuel our growth significantly and further our commitment to sustainable, environmentally responsible development. We are extremely proud of this plant and look forward to being an important part of the Circleville community for decades to come.”

As the plant reaches its full capacity of 140,000 tn/yr, about 700 workers will be employed at the site. Sofidel currently operates plants in Nevada, Florida, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. The company entered the U.S. market in 2012. 

“This facility is our largest, most modern and sustainable to date and employs the best technology available in the tissue paper industry,” Sofidel Group Chairman Emi Stefani said in the release. 

Two Advantage New Tissue Technology (NTT) 200 paper mill machines built by Valmet were installed at the Ohio plant, enabling Sofidel to manufacture standard tissue and textured paper. The site also includes 10 production lines for finished products, three Constellation lines by Fabio Perini, and a heat recovery system.

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