Glatfelter Inaugurates New Festooning Line
Multi-million investment will enhance production and lower logistics costs
YORK, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 9, 2012 – Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT), a leading global supplier of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered materials, today announced the inauguration of its newest festooning line at its Gatineau, Quebec, Canada facility. The multi-million technology investment virtually doubles the company’s North American capacity in rapidly growing global markets for disposable and absorbent hygiene and personal care, home care and food packaging products.
Glatfelter’s proprietary technology delivers a sustainable competitive advantage for manufacturers of nonwoven goods by lowering total logistical costs, improving material handling, and increasing converting run-times while reducing dust generation. “In today’s challenging global economy, these are critical performance features for manufacturers of end-use nonwoven goods,” commented Glatfelter Chairman and CEO Dante Parrini.
The inauguration also represents Glatfelter’s continued commitment to the Gatineau community, and an anticipated increase in local employment opportunities as the line becomes operational and worldwide demand for festooned airlaid products continues to rise.
Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Airlaid Materials Business Unit, Jonathan Bourget added, “The investment in this technology allows us to more closely align with our sustainable manufacturing philosophy while improving our ability to deliver quality products to our customers in a timely fashion.”
Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) is a leading global supplier of engineered materials. The Company’s high-quality, innovative and customizable solutions are found in tea and single-serve coffee filtration, personal hygiene and packaging products as well as home improvement and industrial applications. Headquartered in York, PA, the Company’s net sales approximate $950 million annually with customers in over 100 countries and approximately 2,300 employees worldwide. Operations include eleven manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the Philippines. Additional information about Glatfelter may be found at www.glatfelter.com.
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