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Domtar Celebrates 170 Years of Manufacturing

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Domtar celebrates 170

Every story has a beginning, and Domtar’s began in 1848 with a man named Henry Potter Burt, who built a business in England treating lumber to prevent decay. Today, thanks to his vision, Domtar celebrates 170 years as a global manufacturing business.

Burt’s business grew along with the demand for railway ties and wharf pilings in Europe and North America. This led to the creation of Dominion Tar and Chemical Company in Canada in 1903 and set a course for Domtar’s future as a global manufacturer of industrial, business and household products.

Through our enduring values of agility, caring and innovation, Domtar evolved, producing chemicals, construction materials, kraft and fine paper, and absorbent hygiene products. Now, almost two centuries after our humble beginning, we are a leading global manufacturer. With nearly 10,000 employees serving customers all over the world, we’re committed to turning sustainable wood fiber into useful products.

As Domtar celebrates 170 years of manufacturing, we’re proud of our history and excited about our future.

Here’s a look through the years:

1890s

The Nekoosa Mill traces its beginnings to a sawmill built in 1832, but its papermaking heritage began in 1890 with the Centralia Paper Mill, which was the first paper mill on the Wisconsin River.

1900s

In 1908, Charles and Grant Gordon built a sawmill on the west bank of the Wabigoon River. Today, that mill is our Dryden Mill.

Join us as Domtar celebrates a rich and varied history dating back to 1848. Walk through a timeline, see photos of our past and watch a video that shares the story of Domtar through the years.

In 1929, Dominion Tar and Chemical Co., Ltd. was incorporated as a Canadian company and offered shares for public sale. Over the years, it grew to become one of Canada’s largest companies, with widely diverse business interests such as chemicals, consumer products and construction materials.

Join us as Domtar celebrates a rich and varied history dating back to 1848. Walk through a timeline, see photos of our past and watch a video that shares the story of Domtar through the years.

1940s

Domtar celebrates its World War II heritage. The Dryden Paper Company Bag Factory, shown here in 1943, employed women to finish grocery bags. They folded the tops, applied a cardboard band around the top and attached the handles.

Also during the war, Domtar’s Espanola Mill was used a POW camp housing German soldiers, shown here getting ready to visit the canteen.

Our plant in Aneby, Sweden was built in 1972, but its roots go back to 1946. The founding organization was a centralized procurement agency (Landstingens inköpscentral) that supplied hospitals across Sweden with everything from furniture to medical supplies.

1950s

We even have sports in our history, as seen in this 1954 photo of the Canada Paper Co. employee hockey team.

1960s

Construction of the Kamloops Mill began with a ceremonial groundbreaking in June of 1964.