Saica to use recycled paper at Ohio packaging operation

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A new 350,000-square-foot corrugated manufacturing facility in Ohio will consume recycled paper. | Huguette Roe/Shutterstock

A European corrugated packaging producer will build its first U.S. plant in Ohio, where the company plans to consume more than 66,000 short tons of recovered paper per year.

Saica, a Spanish paper packaging firm, is planning a $72 million corrugated manufacturing plant in Hamilton, Ohio, near Cincinnati. The company plans to break ground in September and take 18 months in constructing the facility, according to a July 30 release.

The 350,000-square-foot facility will use both virgin and recovered fiber, a company spokesperson told Resource Recycling.

“Our corrugated packaging plant in Ohio will produce packaging that best fits to our customers’ needs, for which we will use both virgin- and recycled-fiber based paper,” the company said in a statement. “Nevertheless, Saica Group will promote the substitution of virgin fiber for recycled paper.”

Saica operates a materials recovery division with facilities in Spain and the U.K., collecting and sorting recyclables from a variety of sources. Additionally, the company operates six paper mills in France, Spain and the U.K.  These facilities produce some 3.5 million short tons of paper per year, according to the company.

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