After being closed for more than a year, Manistique’s paper mill is expected to be back up and running in June. The mill, bought by local man, Stan Zellar will be restarted as UP Paper LLC. The mill will make used and recycled paper. Zellar say’s they expect to make mostly brown paper and craft paper. There's still repair work to do in the mill and several filters from the old mill have to be replaced but they hope to start making paper on June 13th.
Founded in 1819, Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. is proudly celebrating 200 years of American papermaking in 2019. Located in Bennington, New Hampshire on the banks of the Contoocook River, Monadnock is the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the country and has survived and thrived through radical changes in the paper business.
Today, Monadnock is humming with life and its eco-friendly products are found everywhere from blue jean tags to craft beer labels and retail gift cards. Monadnock decided decades ago to focus on environmental awareness and sustainability as the key to survival. While many companies continue to use plastic, a growing number of the world’s leading brands have adopted paper as a high-performing, eco-friendly alternative to plastic.
Monadnock is dedicated to helping make the world a more sustainable place. Like-minded brands such as The Gap have even paid a visit to Monadnock to better understand how the company has managed to succeed and innovate.
Richard Verney, Chairman and CEO of Monadnock Paper Mills, states: “Disruptive innovation has allowed Monadnock to thrive in a tough paper market. We created an entire line of plastic replacement products. We created Kona Paper, which is made with shredded coffee bean bags reclaimed from roasters across the country. We believe in reusing the world’s resources and are focused on relentless improvement moving forward. We are proud to celebrate 200 years of continuous papermaking and look forward to a long and prosperous future.”
Lisa Berghaus, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications, states: “Many generations have been employed by Monadnock over these 200 years. It’s a true American success story of hard work and ingenuity. We believe it is our commitment to sustainability-oriented innovation, coupled with our support for the local community, that has earned us the pleasure of celebrating 200 years of continuous American papermaking.”