Net sales in the Consumer Products segment were $223.3 million for the first quarter of 2019, down 6.5% compared to first quarter 2018 net sales of $238.8 million. This decrease was due to lower volumes sold, including the impact from the divestiture of the Ladysmith, Wisconsin mill in August 2018, partially offset by higher average prices for both retail and non-retail tissue products and a favorable mix shift to ultra-quality products. Segment operating income and margin for the first quarter of 2019 was $1.3 million and 0.6%, compared to operating income and margin of $1.6 million and 0.7%, respectively, in the first quarter of 2018. Net sales in the Pulp and Paperboard segment were $205.4 million for the first quarter of 2019, up 3.7% compared to first quarter 2018 net sales of $198.1 million. The increase was due to higher paperboard prices, partially offset by lower sales volume. Segment operating income and margin for the first quarter of 2019 were $29.4 million and 14.3%, compared to $26.2 million and 13.2%, respectively, for the first quarter of 2018. Click Read More below for additional information.
Total boxboard monthly production decreased 3.0 percent when compared to April 2018. The total boxboard operating rate was 95.4 percent for April. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard and Liner production was up 2.5 percent year to date; Recycled Boxboard production rose 1.7 percent year to date; and Unbleached Kraft & Gypsum declined 2.0 percent year to date.