The plant opened in 1889 at the junction of the east and west branches of the Clarion River. The Clarion Pulp and Paper Company would go through a few name and ownership changes until 1990, when Willamette Industries purchased the Johnsonburg Mill and went to work modernizing it.
“I remember when Willamette acquired the Johnsonburg Mill. The modernization was much-needed for our mill to remain competitive and keep our town alive,” says Tracie Redmond, who was born and raised in Johnsonburg and is now executive assistant to Domtar CEO John D. Williams. “At the time, I was working as an executive assistant to the controller and would later become the mill manager’s executive assistant.”
In addition to the mill modernization project, the Clarion River was cleaned up and became federally-recognized as a “wild and scenic river.” The mill also received the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in 1998 for its waste reuse efforts.
Johnsonburg Mill Becomes a Part of Domtar
In 2007, Domtar acquired the mill after it was briefly owned by Weyerhaeuser. Today, our Johnsonburg Mill supports more than 350 local jobs and has an estimated regional economic impact of $850 million.
It is recognized as one of the most technologically advanced paper mills in the world and produces 344,000 short tons of paper annually. Our pulp and paper mill is also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®.