Atlantic Corporation (Atlantic Packaging) of Wilmington, North Carolina, announced today a definitive agreement to purchase International Paper’s three largest paperboard converting facilities in Greensboro, N.C., Hazleton, P.A. and Sturgis, M.I.
Atlantic has 12 branch locations across the Southeast U.S., Dominican Republic and Central America and employs 750 people. The Wilmington, N.C. based company is a nationwide packaging products and equipment supplier to consumer products manufacturers, with paper converting facilities (similar to those acquired from IP) in several current locations.
“This is a real game changer for our family company,” said Rusty Carter, Atlantic President.
“Overnight this gives us a major presence for all of our business segments in the Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, and soon the Southwest, with a planned new facility in Dallas, giving us full a national footprint. That is big for everyone at Atlantic. It makes us national in every way.”
“We enthusiastically welcome the IP employees to Atlantic and look forward to the many opportunities ahead for all of us. It is an honor for us to be working so closely now with our long time supplier IP. They are one of the world’s premier paper producers.”
The acquired IP facilities convert (sheet and rewind) bleached paperboard produced primarily at IP mills in Riegelwood, N.C., Augusta, G.A., and Texarkana, T.X. The sheeting plants serve as finishing departments and distribution centers for national product coverage.
Greg Gibson, Vice President and general manager of coated paperboard for International Paper said, “Atlantic Packaging is a leading paperboard converter with a great reputation for quality and service. This transaction offers considerable marketplace advantages for both companies.
“International Paper gains significant supply chain flexibility to support our Carolina® and Everest® brands and job opportunities for our employees in three facilities.
“Atlantic Packaging gains incredible talent and expertise along with an expanded manufacturing system and marketplace presence in their core converting operations.”
Carter further commented about the announcement, “Being so closely aligned with a Fortune 500 company like IP is truly exciting for our small company. We have worked with IP for years but this acquisition places us is in a very strong position to support our common customers and streamline the entire supply chain.”
After the purchase, Atlantic will employ over 900 people and will be the largest converter of bleached paperboard in North America.
Atlantic began in the small town of Tabor City, N.C. in 1946 as a weekly newspaper and has grown into one of the top 25 privately held companies in North Carolina.
Founder W. Horace Carter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1952 for an aggressive newspaper campaign with the Tabor City Tribune against the Ku Klux Klan. Carter died in 2009.
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Converting Facility in Greensboro, NC
Atlantic Vice President of Paper Converting, Geoff Searcy, discusses the recent expansion of the Charleston Paper Converting Facility. In this one location, Atlantic is converting more than 4,000 tons of paper and paperbaord each month. Between three plants, Atlantic is converting well over 100,000 tons annually with the capacity for up to 130,000 tons.
Here are some of the recent additions to the Atlantic Paper Converting operation:
- Added Digital Sheeter – this one scales down to an 8.5″ x 11″ size on paper and paperboard
- Expanded Large Format Capabilities – installed equipment that can do a 60′ x 100′ sheet to cut off
- Added Embossing Equipment – this can put a linen finish or textured finish on either paper or paperboard
- Added a Laminating Machine – this can paste two sheets together for paper to paper, paper to board, board to board, and films to board.
The quality control at Atlantic is driven by the need to exceed the expectations of both demanding suppliers, whom Atlantic is representing, and demanding customers serving large, international industries including pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetics. Both the supplier side and the customer side will conduct audits of Atlantic facilities to ensure that processes comply with quality quality guidelines.
Atlantic Converting is investing in the expansion of the Charleston facility due to the proximity with major paper supplier Kapstone and the Port of Charleston. These are key elements in the success and growth of our converting operations.
Please contact Atlantic Packaging to learn more about our commercial converting services: 800-722-5841
Atlantic Paper Converting in Charleston, SC
Commercial Paper Sheeting and Converting Services
Atlantic Packaging Converting Facility in Greensboro, NC
We’ve recently updated our feature on our Charleston, SC paper converting facility. We’re working on expanding this facility and it’s capacity for commercial paper converting because of the proximity to one of our major suppliers, Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corporation, and to the Port of Charleston, the nation’s fourth busiest container port.
Our Charleston paper converting facility handles a vast inventory of material as well as a variety of operations including:
- Printing and Coating
- Wide Web Print
- Anti-Slip Coatings
- 3/8″ up to 130″
Our latest video featured above also highlights the Cooper River Bridge – a breathtaking Charleston landmark – as well as the nearby port.
Please contact Atlantic Packaging to learn more about our paper converting services: 800-722-5841
Commercial Paper Sheeting and Converting Services
Atlantic Packaging Paperboard Converting in Summerville, SC
The video below features an interview with Geoff Searcy, Vice President of our Commercial Paper Converting division based in Greensboro, NC. Geoff provides a glimpse into the history of Atlantic Packaging and our paper converting services which have expanded exponentially since our start in 1946 as a small town newspaper.
Commercial Paper Converting services a broad customer base. We work with regional paper merchants to convert product, primarily bleach board, and provide quick turn service as well as carton and skid inventory.
We also work directly with customers on folding carton accounts, providing custom sizes, quick turns, and expansive inventory programs.
Aside from our rapid growth in terms of equipment and production ability, we have also expanded our product offerings with value added equipment. Atlantic Packaging Commercial Paper Converting now offers a number of products and services that most mills are not able to provide:
- Digital Sheeting
- Long Format Sheeting
Our laminating and embossing capabilities allow us to produce casino grade playing cards. Our laminating services cover Paper to Paper, including an opaque sheet from StopLight, Paper to Board, and Board to Board.
We feel that Atlantic Packaging stands out among the competition through the following qualities:
- Service– we work to make things easy for our customers
- Capacity – we maintain a large inventory on-site for quick turnarounds
- Versatility – in addition to paper sheeting, we also offer digital sheeting, large format sheeting, embossing, slitting, rewinding, carton packing, and laminating.
We invite you to contact the experts at Atlantic Packaging to learn more about any of the services offered in our Commercial Paper Converting: 800-722-5841
Atlantic Packaging features a state-of-the-art paper converting facility in Charleston, South Carolina. The video below demonstrates our equipment at work performing the core functions of precision sheeting, rewinding, and fourside guillotine trimming.
Our commercial printing customers as well as tag & label and folded carton customers benefit from our extensive first quality board inventory, not to mention our dedicated transportation network that delivers skids on time, every time.
Atlantic offers MeadWestvaco’s SBS product as well as Kapstone’s uncoated Kraftpak and Graphic Packaging’s coated unbleached board (SUS). Our most recent capability addition is a laminating system designed for paper to paper, paper to board, and board to board grades up to 48pt.
Learn more about our Paperboard Converting services or call our converting experts today at 1-800-722-5841.
Get an inside look at Atlantic Packaging’s paper converting operation in Greensboro, North Carolina. Our advanced technology, efficient operations, and dedicated engineers and staff in Greensboro provide an enormous advantage to our customers in terms of quality, precision, and cost.
Atlantic Packaging is committed to providing the best service, products, and delivery possible. We offer MeadWestvaco’s SBS product, Kapston’es uncoated Kraftpak, and Graphic Packaging’s coated unbleached board (SUS). We also recently incorporated a laminating system designed for converting paper to paper, paper to board, and board to board grades up to 48pt.
We invite you to learn more about our paper converting products and services. Call today to find out how we can help you improve efficiency and reduce costs: 1-800-722-5841.