Irving starts on $400-million tissue mill in Macon, GA
In November 2016, Irving Consumer Products announced the purchase of a Valmet ThruAir Dry (TAD) machine. In August 2017, the company selected Macon, GA, as the site for a new tissue plant where, in September, Irving broke ground for the $US400-million state-of-the-art mill.
The project will create over 200 permanent, skilled jobs. Construction will be completed in 2019 and is estimated to provide 1,000,000 person hours of work. At the height of construction, over 540 people will be working on-site.
The pulp will be from Irving Woodlands, manufactured at the New Brunswick pulp mill. The products will include ultra-premium quality household paper products such as soft bath tissue and paper towel.
The new plant will double the company’s ThruAir Dry capacity, increasing it by 75,000 tonnes, the equivalent of 15 million cases.
Valmet’s delivery in 2018 will comprise a complete tissue production line with stock preparation equipment. The Advantage TAD machine will include an OptiFlo II TIS headbox, ThruAir dryers and air system and an Advantage SoftReel reel. Also included are mist and dust systems, automation systems, basic mill engineering and advisory services.
This will be Valmet’s fifth Irving project. There are ThruAir machines at Irving in Fort Edward, NY, and Toronto, ON, as well as major rebuilds of TM1 and TM2 tissue machines in Saint John, NB.