Quality Printing and Specialty Papers Made in Park Falls, Wisconsin
For over 100 years, the Park Falls mill has produced quality printing and specialty papers for the Midwest and beyond. Today, our commitment to innovation, community and environmental stewardship has never been stronger. Flambeau has reinvented the idea of the mill, investing in cutting-edge improvements, bringing skilled jobs to the Park Falls area, and pledging to lessen the traditional mill’s impact on the environment. See our innovation in action!
Flambeau River Papers is one of the most forward-thinking paper manufacturers in North America. Starting in 2006, the mill has made significant process improvements and equipment upgrades. The changes position the company as a competitive, quality-driven mill. Its focus on innovative manufacturing practices, dedication to environmental responsibility and goal to create jobs in Park Falls build on its proud manufacturing tradition.
Flambeau River Papers incorporates sustainable practices in all areas of its operation. From our business philosophy of job growth to support the Park Falls economy to operating a chlorine-free paper mill which preserves the area’s water quality, our commitment to minimizing our environmental impact while maximizing our footprint on the community lies at the core of our company’s values. Read about our Environmental Policy pledge.
Flambeau River Papers is one of North America’s leading producers of lignin, a byproduct extracted in the pulping process. lignin is a highly versatile, non-toxic substance that can be used as a binding or dispersant agent in a variety of products. Through a specialized extraction process, Flambeau River Papers produces more than 50,000 gallons of lignin each day. The product is shipped by rail throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Read more about our lignin production process, uses for the product and sales.
Flambeau River Papers lingosulfonates are derived from white birch and maple hardwood trees harvested from forests in Wisconsin and Minnesota. As shown in the flowchart above, the lignin extraction process starts in the pulping stage. The first step is separating the cellulose fibers in wood chips from the adhesive that holds them together in trees. This is done by adding a cooking acid made from calcium and sulfur to the wood chips to dissolve the bonds between the cells in large pressure vessels called digesters. The wood fiber is then separated from the liquid lignosulfonate and processed to make paper.
The management and employees of Flambeau River Papers welcomes you to the Flambeau River website. It is our sincere hope that this site will answer your basic questions, and give you the opportunity to explore the uniqueness of Flambeau River Papers. We hope you’ll discover that uniqueness in our core beliefs: quality products, teamwork, an innovative manufacturing process, environmental stewardship, and investment in local jobs. We look forward to developing a relationship that will help you achieve your business goals.
“On behalf of myself and our 300 employees I invite you to get to know the family of Flambeau River Papers. For over 100 years the Park Falls mill has been known for its ability to produce quality fine papers. With the efforts of the Flambeau team and our well-placed new technology, we're looking ahead to the next 100 years. We are committed to investing in manufacturing technology and maintaining the vitality of the Park Falls community. I believe you will find that our dedication to quality and customer satisfaction will be very beneficial to your company. I hope you join us in honoring our tradition of quality and innovation.”
– Butch Johnson