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Glatfelter Inaugurates New Festooning Line

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Glatfelter, York, Pa., a producer of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered materials, this week inaugurated its newest festooning line at the company's Gatineau, Que., 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 notes that its 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," said Glatfelter chairman and CEO Dante Parrini.

Glatfelter adds that the inauguration also represents its 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.

Jonathan Bourget, VP and GM of the company's Advanced Airlaid Materials Business Unit, added that "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's U.S. operations include facilities in Spring Grove, Pa., and Chillicothe and Fremont, Ohio. International operations include facilities in Canada, Germany, France, the U.K., and the Philippines, a representative office in China, and a sales and distribution office in Russia.


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