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Our 100 percent recycled paper mill and adjacent box plant in Valparaiso, Indiana received a visit from Indiana’s Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch this week. Then Indiana Governor Mike Pence officially opened the mill in 2016 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

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The mill at capacity produces 500,000 tons of the industry’s best 100% recycled paper and supplies our rapidly expanding Midwest box-making operations. As part of Crouch’s mission statement to, “Strengthen Indiana’s rural economies and communities through capacity building, advocacy and innovation in agriculture, small business, tourism, defense development, housing, and community economic development,” she is committed to supporting growing organizations, like Pratt Industries, within her state. With 500 happy employees working at the Valparaiso campus, Pratt fulfilled its original promise to create more jobs with the addition of the new paper mill.

With an emphasis on the importance of the need for cleaner recycled paper, site leaders Paul England and Jay Hennessey did a great job incorporating a strong message of sustainability into the tour, showcasing Pratt’s commitment to the environment.

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Pratt Industries has been America’s leading recycled paper and packaging company for over 25 years – dedicated to the sustainability of our planet, our customers and our people, and is recognized around the world for its environmental stewardship. This cornerstone of sustainability on which Pratt Industries, USA is based began with our Australian sister company Visy. From its inception, Visy steadily built its customer base by establishing a reputation for strong customer service, competitive prices and innovation. These were the key pillars that guaranteed a sustainable foundation from which the Visy business could expand.

In the late 70’s and early 80’s, Visy opened its first paper recycling mills. It was an investment that not only recognized the need to use resources more sustainably, but also put Visy at the forefront of the recycling movement.

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In the 1990’s, Visy began acquiring box plants and building a paper recycling mill in the United States. This led to Pratt Industries USA and a paper recycling contract with the City of New York in 1995, making them responsible for recycling 150,000 tonnes of the city’s waste paper every year. Our focus is on reclaiming fiber through recycling OCC (Old Corrugated Containers) and Mixed Paper and converting that discarded fiber into 100 percent recycled packaging, thereby reducing our impact and our customer’s impact on the environment. Landfill avoidance and minimizing the amount of useable fiber that goes to the landfill is essential for environmental stewardship – whether that is reusing discarded paper or gasifying materials that are otherwise destined for the landfill in our clean energy plant.

Pratt Industries, which was born into a family heritage of sustainability and sustainable packaging, remains at the forefront of these sustainability efforts to this day due to a long record of engineering the best containerboard machines to meet the precise packaging needs for a wide range of markets. Our corrugated packaging is proudly made from post-consumer recycled fiber and most lines are completely recyclable. We use the most modern technology to manufacture advanced containerboard grade structures which had often been previously unavailable, using less material to create packaging that is equal or better than anything in the marketplace. Our commitment to lightweight packaging is resonating as an expanding customer base seeks to optimize its packaging needs. We continually strive to reduce paper weights to eliminate costly over-packaging as well as reduce the environmental impact.

As the 5th Largest Corrugated Packaging Company in the USA and the world’s largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company, our series of corrugating facilities strategically placed throughout the United States and Mexico continue to fulfill Pratt’s mission to be the best vertically-integrated paper, packaging and resource recovery company in the western hemisphere.

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Pratt Industries officially opened its fourth, 100 percent recycled paper mill in Valparaiso, Indiana, last week with a gala luncheon attended by more than 300 guests including Indiana Govenor Mike Pence.

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Our company has now built three of the last 4 paper mills constructed in the U.S., which is an amazing achievement!

The new mill, which will produce 500,000 tons of the industry’s best recycled paper at capacity,  will supply our rapidly-best expanding Midwest box-making operations.

“This is the most environmentally friendly and modern containerboard mill in the world,” said company chairman Anthony Pratt. “We’re proud that we are the only major paper company that produces only 100 percent recycled paper and these days this is very important to our customers. In doing so we save 68,000 trees a day or enough to cover 120 football fields.

“What’s also important to our customers is cost effective packaging and this technologically advanced mill will produce lightweight papers that produce boxes that work at lower cost.”

But even more important than that, he said, was that the mill created more than 100 new jobs, bringing the company total nationwide to 5800.Governor Mike Pence, who officially opened the mill with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, said: “I applaud Pratt for investing in Indiana’s future and creating quality jobs for Hoosiers for generations to come.”

He also hailed Anthony as “a man of your word…thank you for believing in Indiana.”

The mill, located 50 miles southeast of Chicago, is on the same site as Pratt’s corrugated box plant, the world’s largest.

Before the official program began guests were given tours of the mill and the adjoining box factory and a sit down lunch.

Valpariaso major Jon Costas said after touring the site: “One thing is for sure, the next time an Amazon box shows up on my doorstep, I’m probably going to be more amazed at the box than what’s inside the box.”

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015 09:11

New Pratt Mill Starts Production

Pratt Industries has announced its new $260 million recycled paper mill had started production in Valparaiso, In.

Pratt, which has now built three of the last 4 paper mills constructed in the U.S., said the new 100 percent recycled facility would supply the company’s rapidly-expanding Midwest operations. In just two years, company chairman Anthony Pratt said Pratt had invested more than $400 million in the U.S.

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“This is a great day for Pratt Industries,” he said. “This mill represents the single biggest investment we’ve ever made in the U.S.”

Pratt said the new mill would also increase the company’s annual revenues from approximately $2.1 billion to approaching $2.5 billion.

“This puts us in a very strong position to exceed our medium range target of $3.5 billion in sales ahead of schedule,” he said.

Pratt said America’s low energy costs and inherent entrepreneurial spirit had given rise to a new wave of manufacturing growth, especially in the Midwest where he says industry is booming and jobs are coming back from China and elsewhere.

“We’re riding that wave,” he said.

pratt logoThe mill, located 50 miles southeast of Chicago is on the same site as Pratt’s corrugated box plant, the world’s largest. It will supply that facility as well the company’s other box-making sites throughout the region with recycled paper.

Pratt said it would be the industry’s most efficient paper mill, employing 120 people to make 370,000 tons a year – twice the productivity of many competitor mills.

“It is the world’s most environmentally-friendly paper mill and a showcase for the latest in 21st Century paper-making technology,” he said.

At capacity, the mill will save some 20,000 trees and divert up to 3500 cubic yards of paper from landfills every day and annually prevent more than 700,000 gross tons of co2 emissions through landfill avoidance.

It was also designed to use even less water, electricity and natural gas than its three sister mills in Georgia, New York and Louisiana.

“That’s important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realize the importance of sustainable packaging,” said Pratt.”Our environmental message is clearly resonating throughout the country which is why our sales and profits continue to hit record levels.”

He said the company would open a new $50 million corrugated box plant in Beloit, Wisconsin in just a few weeks.

Pratt Industries now has some 130 facilities in the U.S. and is currently the 5th largest corrugated packaging company in the U.S.

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Friday, 04 September 2015 07:07

Conyers Mill Celebrates 20 Years

More than 200 employees and guests celebrated the 20th anniversay of Pratt’s Conyers paper mill with a gala dinner in Atlanta last month.

Company COO David Dennis paid special tribute to mill GM Allen Bowlder and other 20-year veterans who were part of a weary group of pioneerng engineers, operators and maintenance crews there at start-up.

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“To everyone who makes the Conyers mill the pride not only of our company but of the entire containerboard industry, I sincerely congratulate and thank you all for the dedication, hard work and long hours you’ve put in,” David said.

Since it began operations, the mill has produced approximately 6,740,000 tons of 100% recycled paper – that’s the equivalent of saving more than 113 MILLION trees – or a forest large enough to cover 115 square miles – or about 5 times the size Manhattan.

And it would literally leave a paper trail that could stretch from the Earth to the Moon and back 11 times.

In a video-taped message, company chairman Anthony Pratt, who was in Australia on business, told the audience: “I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Alan and his team for a job well done. The genesis of the mill is that we decided to put it hard up against our corrugator, thereby becoming America’s first millugator. Conyers broke the mold. It was a revolutionary mill.”

Global CEO Brian McPheely also sent a video message, saying: “I was lucky enough to be at the mill opening 20 years ago. It’s just amazing what the mill has accomplished over the last 20 years. Alan and his people have done a fantastic job.”

Along the way, they have put up some pretty impressive numbers…

  • In December 2010, the mill produced an average of 1102.3 per day, the first Pratt mill to reach this mark
  • In October 2013, it outdid itself by setting a new production record, averaging 1116.1 tons a day
  • And most importantly, in June 2014, it reached 1 million man hours worked with no lost time injuries – a magnificent safety record that continues to this day

But it hasn’t always been easy…and the team has faced some pretty daunting challenges over the years including three fires and a tornado that knocked down a wall and damaged several pumps and piping systems. But even the worst of those events – a fire in 2010 – couldn’t keep the Conyers’ team down for long. In fact the mill was up and running again just 72 hours later.

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pratPratt Industries has officially broken ground on its new 100 percent recycled paper mill – the 4th such facility it’s built in the past 20 years. Company chairman Anthony Pratt said the Valparaiso, Indiana, mill would be world’s most technologically-advanced and environmentally friendly recycling mill and was “a dream come true” for Pratt Industries.

“This mill will be a showcase of 21st century recycling technology which will result in the best performing recycled paper on the market,” he said.

“At capacity the mill will save the equivalent of some 20,000 trees and divert up to 3500 cubic yards of waste from landfills every day. That’s enough trees to cover almost 15 football fields and enough waste to fill 90 garbage trucks every 24 hours.”

“That’s important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realize the importance of sustainable, lightweight packaging.”

Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas believed the 250,000-square-foot mill was “the single largest investment in the history of the city. Of course, Pratt Industries is our largest employer.”

The company already employs 280 workers at the adjacent box factory – the world’s largest – and the mill will add more than 100 new jobs.

“We talk about job creation,” Costas said. “But friends, this is job creation on steroids.”

Pratt said because of its location next to the existing box factory the mill’s freight cost would be almost zero. “So this will be a very low-cost mill,” he said. “We have over 100 facilities across the U.S. providing more than 4400 green collar jobs, but this Valparaiso facility will be very special to us.”

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pratt water ppwThe Pratt paper mill in Shreveport, La., is spearheading efforts to help local businesses and residents both conserve water AND protect the environment.

At the request of city leaders, Pratt is testing the viability of using “gray water” – or treated wastewater – to help cool machinery and hydraulic systems at the mill, thereby eliminating the need for freshwater.

At the same time, it will decrease the amount of gray water released into the local catchment system and reduce freshwater costs.

“We’re hopeful this can be a viable solution for us and others to keep costs down as well as do something for the local environment,” said mill manager Ed Kersey.

To read more about these conservation efforts please visit the Shreveport Times article, “Gray water system might help industries conserve

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  • About

    Pratt is America’s 5th Largest Corrugated Packaging Company and the world’s largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company, with more than 4000 highly-skilled, green-collar employees dedicated to the environment and sustainability. Pratt was founded in the USA some 20 years ago and, since then, has shown dramatic growth with sophisticated manufacturing facilities in more than 20 states.

    The Georgia-based company operates an extensive Recycling Company to supply three of the most modern, cost-effective 100% recycled paper mills in the country – at our Conyers’ Campus and in New York City, New York and Shreveport, Louisiana.

    Pratt’s supply chain continues through a series of sheet plants, full-line corrugated box factories and display facilities strategically placed throughout the United States as well as Mexico, offering a wide range of creative packaging solutions. All are backed by Pratt’s total commitment to quality, service and innovation. And, as a private company, we can quickly react and adapt to suit our customers’ needs.

    The company is dedicated to the sustainability of the environment, its customers and its people. The cornerstone of Pratt’s mission is to protect and nurture the planet’s natural resources while reducing our impact on the environment by “Harvesting the Urban Forest.” By doing so the company also seeks to help its customers meet their environmental goals.

    Pratt has been honored by environmental leaders such as former Vice President Al Gore, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Ted Turner, the Climate Group and Global Green for spreading the word that recycling is an important weapon against climate change.

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Monday, 11 November 2013 10:11

Pratt Industries Hits New Heights

pratt ppwPratt Industries’ hard-working green-collar employees continue to reach new production heights – with a best-ever month for our paper mill division.

Our 3 recycled paper mills established a new best in October for monthly tons per day production, as well as marking the first time we’ve ever produced more than 100,000 tons in a month.

Together, the mills produced 102,545 tons last month, averaging an impressive 3308 tons per day, the first time we’ve averaged more than 3300 tpd. Congratulations are also in order for Staten Island, which set a new best of 1118 tpd, breaking their previous mark of 1050 set in December 2012; and to Conyers with new record of 1116 tpd beating their former top mark of 1102 tpd set in December 2010.

“What is extremely pleasing to me is the fact that all these productivity results were achieved in conjunction with our continued focus on quality so that we can deliver the best product possible to our customers,” said CEO Brian McPheely. “This is their expectation and our promise – so well done to all and thank you for your efforts.”

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  • About

    Pratt is America’s 5th Largest Corrugated Packaging Company and the world’s largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company, with more than 4000 highly-skilled, green-collar employees dedicated to the environment and sustainability. Pratt was founded in the USA some 20 years ago and, since then, has shown dramatic growth with sophisticated manufacturing facilities in more than 20 states.

    The Georgia-based company operates an extensive Recycling Company to supply three of the most modern, cost-effective 100% recycled paper mills in the country – at our Conyers’ Campus and in New York City, New York and Shreveport, Louisiana.

    Pratt’s supply chain continues through a series of sheet plants, full-line corrugated box factories and display facilities strategically placed throughout the United States as well as Mexico, offering a wide range of creative packaging solutions. All are backed by Pratt’s total commitment to quality, service and innovation. And, as a private company, we can quickly react and adapt to suit our customers’ needs.

    The company is dedicated to the sustainability of the environment, its customers and its people. The cornerstone of Pratt’s mission is to protect and nurture the planet’s natural resources while reducing our impact on the environment by “Harvesting the Urban Forest.” By doing so the company also seeks to help its customers meet their environmental goals.

    Pratt has been honored by environmental leaders such as former Vice President Al Gore, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Ted Turner, the Climate Group and Global Green for spreading the word that recycling is an important weapon against climate change.

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 09:00

NYC Mayor Salutes Pratt Industries Milestone

pratt 1Just a few hours before Pratt announced plans to build a fourth paper mill, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued an official proclamation declaring September 17 “Pratt Industries Day” in the Big Apple to commemorate the recent production at our Staten Island mill of 5 million tons of recycled paper.

“About half of all the paper New Yorkers recycle is shipped here and recycled through the Pratt mill,” the Mayor told an audience of Pratt customers, political and business leaders and mill employees.

“If New Yorkers aren’t impressed by that, they will appreciate the importance of what this paper gets turned into — pizza boxes, thousands of them every day! But pizza aside, Pratt Industries is really a key player in Plan NYC, our longer-term plan for creating a greater, greener, more sustainable city.”

pratt 2Bloomberg added that Pratt’s barge system, which brings discarded paper from Manhattan down the Hudson River to the mill and eliminates the need for more than 350 trucks a week, “helps meet our ambitious recycling goal that we set in 2011, and that was to increase the city’s recycling rate by 30 percent by the year 2017.”

Pratt chairman Anthony Pratt noted the company “has invested more than $350 million in New York, generating hundreds of jobs.”

“And we would like to do even more by turning even more locally-generated paper into even more jobs and creating even more economic security for this great city,” he said.

Anthony also made special mention of employees at the mill, who have produced enough paper to fill the Empire State Building more than 4 times!

“Thank you to manager Jay Hennessey and his dedicated team on reaching this milestone…well done to all,” he said. “It’s a wonderful achievement.”

Not to be outdone, Pratt’s sister mill in Conyers recently passed the 6 million ton mark, and our 3rd mill, in Shreveport, La., has produced more than 1.5 million tons since start up in 2009.

source: http://innovations.prattindustries.com

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  • About

    Pratt is America’s 5th Largest Corrugated Packaging Company and the world’s largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company, with more than 4000 highly-skilled, green-collar employees dedicated to the environment and sustainability. Pratt was founded in the USA some 20 years ago and, since then, has shown dramatic growth with sophisticated manufacturing facilities in more than 20 states.

    The Georgia-based company operates an extensive Recycling Company to supply three of the most modern, cost-effective 100% recycled paper mills in the country – at our Conyers’ Campus and in New York City, New York and Shreveport, Louisiana.

    Pratt’s supply chain continues through a series of sheet plants, full-line corrugated box factories and display facilities strategically placed throughout the United States as well as Mexico, offering a wide range of creative packaging solutions. All are backed by Pratt’s total commitment to quality, service and innovation. And, as a private company, we can quickly react and adapt to suit our customers’ needs.

    The company is dedicated to the sustainability of the environment, its customers and its people. The cornerstone of Pratt’s mission is to protect and nurture the planet’s natural resources while reducing our impact on the environment by “Harvesting the Urban Forest.” By doing so the company also seeks to help its customers meet their environmental goals.

    Pratt has been honored by environmental leaders such as former Vice President Al Gore, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Ted Turner, the Climate Group and Global Green for spreading the word that recycling is an important weapon against climate change.

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