Twin Rivers Paper Company was officially launched on April 28, 2010 as a specialty papers business, with fully integrated operations comprised of a pulp and energy complex in Edmundston, New Brunswick, and a paper mill in Madawaska, Maine, as well as a lumbermill located in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick. With a defined business strategy and a team of hardworking, service-driven employees, our goal is to be the supplier of choice in the specialty publishing, packaging and label markets in which we operate.

Ownership

We are a privately held company with a joint venture between Atlas Holdings and Blue Wolf Capital Partners as our largest shareholder. Twin Rivers’ operations were formerly owned by Fraser Papers.  

Operational History

The story of the operations that would eventually become assets of Twin Rivers spans the first 80 years of the twentieth century and is a testament to the commitment and hard work of many whose lives have been intricately woven into the history of these operations and communities in which they were built. To be successful in this era of globalization, our operations have been repositioned over time in order to be more flexible, efficient and competitive.

1906 The dimension lumbermill in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick opens
1914 Juniper, New Brunswick’s dimension lumbermill begins operations
1916 Edmundston facility is built as northwestern New Brunswick’s first sulphite pulp mill
1925
With two paper machines and 20,000 tons of production capacity, Madawaska paper mill opens in Maine
1928         Two additional paper machines built at Madawaska to produce bond, offset and waxing papers in addition to converting grades
1929                 Capitalizing on the growing demand for mail order catalogs, two more paper machines were brought on line
1948                 First trailing blade coater installed at Madawaska, a closely guarded secret for many years
1960 Madawaska adds another paper machine to make uncoated fine papers and groundwood directory papers
1968 An off machine blade coater was installed at Madawaska to produce lightweight groundwood base paper for magazines and catalogs
1970 The 8th paper machine is installed at Madawaska, producing lightweight groundwood specialty papers for directories and catalogs
1975 – 1980 Several modernization projects undertaken: addition of a billblade coater; increased machine speed; and the construction of a high-pressure steam pipeline across the St. John River from the Edmundston pulp mill
Late 1980s Two Madawaska paper machines modernized to make lightweight opaques and bible paper grades
1992 – 1997 More upgrades to paper machines, including soft-nip calendaring, a metering size press, coater rebuild and automated roll wrapping system  
1994 The first period of modernization projects begins at Plaster Rock dimension lumbermill
1998 The second period of modernization projects begins at Plaster Rock dimension lumbermill
2006 Juniper lumbermill is modernized by installing a high grader and laser board edger
2009 Installed new biomass boiler and new kilns during the $17 million Plaster Rock upgrade

A Legacy of Stewardship

At Twin Rivers Paper, our commitment to the environment is integral to our corporate strategy. Our legacy of voluntary third party audits for fiber certification, transparency of our environmental records, proactive participation in leading environmental organizations and early adoption of cogeneration as a primary source of renewable energy demonstrate the importance of environmental stewardship to our company.

1972         Start-up of secondary effluent treatment system at Edmundston
1974 Installation of two primary effluent treatment clarifiers designed to remove 90% of waste water solids from Madawaska effluent
1997
A 45-megawatt co-generation facility at Edmundston becomes operational, using biomass to produce 51% of the complex’s required energy
2002 Start-up of a bio-film reactor to treat the effluent at Madawaska
2002
Becomes the world’s first lumber manufacturer to be certified under the SFI® program at the New Brunswick and Maine facilities
2007
Madawaska and Edmundston are certified to SFI® fiber sourcing standards
2007 In an effort to reduce reliance on fossil fuel and optimize production, two paper machines at Madawaska, an oil-fired boiler and turbine at Edmundston are closed
2009 Edmundston granted C$23 million of investment credits under the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP) through the Canadian government
2009 Madawaska and Edmundston achieve FSC® certification
2010 Paper machine gauging system installed on PM8 along with high speed camera system for continuous web monitoring
2011 Paper machine gauging system installed on PM7  along with state-of-the-technology web inspection system
2011 to 2012 Modernized heat recovery systems across paper machine operations in the Madawaska facilty
2011 to 2012 Many projects for the Green Transformation Program completed