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2017-02-24 / Top 100 Organizations

American Eagle Paper Mills

Est. 2003

American Eagle Paper Mills opened its doors under new leadership in 2003 after the unexpected closure of the mill by Westvaco in 2001. The mill was built in the 1880s and is a historic icon in Pennsylvania, as it is one of the oldest working paper mills in the country. When American Eagle Paper Mills opened its doors in 2003, the mill had a renewed purpose and refocused its mission from its predecessor. The leaders of the mill wanted to make the right kind of paper and do it for a good cause so they created a recycled paper products company that values the environment.

American Eagle Paper Mills manufactures highly recycled paper products and purchases its fiber from U.S. waste, unlike competitors who often buy less expensive dry pulp from overseas and have it shipped. To American Eagle Paper Mills, creating a recycled product in the most eco-friendly means available is the right thing to do.

Today, American Eagle Paper Mills produces an estimated 300 tons of recycled paper products a day and employs approximately 250 workers. The process of making this recycled paper doesn’t start with cutting down trees from U.S. forests but, instead, with the recycled materials often wasted from misprinted cups, ice cream containers, mail envelopes and catalogues that are purchased and brought in by truck and rail. This purchased waste goes through a unique “de-inking” process that enables the mill to transform the fiber into usable paper products, such as rolls and folio sheets that are shipped to major printing facilities. This fiber is also used to manufacture multipurpose copy paper for businesses and everyday use.

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