Paper-thin profits are the name of the game at Irving Tissue. The company manufactures a variety of consumer paper products including paper towels, bathroom and facial tissue, and napkins under the US Scotties and SoftWeve licensed brand labels, and the Canadian Royale brand. Founded in 1988 as part of Irving Forest Products, the company is owned by the Canadian tycoon Irving family. Irving Tissue, which markets its products to customers across North America, is based in St. John, New Brunswick, and operates offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Fort Edward, New York.
Since 1996 when the company acquired the Scotties label in the US, and Fort Edward, New York mill Irving Tissue has continued to build its business. Company management looks to new technology and more efficient equipment to drive higher-quality products, and competitive market prices and operating position. Improved processes and technology also reduces greenhouse gases, lowering annual carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide emissions. Plowing in $120 million, the company ramped up operations in 2008 at its Fort Edward mill, which had benefited from an earlier $35 million upgrade for a new 90,000 square-foot building and converting equipment.
The Irving family controls 1.4 million hectares of forest land in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Maine. Cognizant of its environmental footprint, the business has planted more than 740 million trees since its founding. – less