First Quality to Expand Tissue Manufacturing Capacity

November 21, 2016

First Quality Tissue announced a series of expansion initiatives for its manufacturing and distribution capabilities, as part of its long-term growth plan.

The expansion includes the construction of two new state-of-the-art machines. One will be located in the company’s Anderson, South Carolina facility and is expected to be completed and begin production in the second half of 2018. The other will be located in the company’s Lock Haven, Pennsylvania facility and is expected to be completed and begin production in the first half of 2019.

In January 2003, First Quality Tissue purchased a long-abandoned paper manufacturing site in Lock Haven. In just five short years, First Quality deconstructed this 100-year-old plant and its approximately one million square feet of antiquated buildings and built two state-of-the-art TAD towel and tissue facilities. First Quality’s Lock Haven operation now spans approximately two million square feet and employs approximately 500 team members.

In July 2010, First Quality Tissue replicated its success in Lock Haven when it identified and purchased an old and idled nylon fiber manufacturing plant in Anderson. In less than six years First Quality Tissue deconstructed the nylon fiber mill and built three state-of-the-art tissue mills in its place, where it now operates three machines, including the one launched in May of this year. Today, First Quality Tissue employs over 625 team members on its over 3.5 million square foot state-of-the-art campus in Anderson.