Business journal: Augusta in the running for a massive tissue mill

Mill reportedly could employ 1,000 people

A published report in an Atlanta business newspaper, based on unnamed sources, says Augusta is in the running for a tissue manufacturing facility that could employ 1,000 people.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that New York-based First Quality Tissue is looking at sites in Augusta and Anderson, S.C., for a 2 million-square-foot mill.

First Quality Tissue, a division of privately owned First Quality Enterprises Inc., in July announced intent to build a new facility, to be operational in 2011. The press release does not name potential sites.

Messages were left this morning with officials at First Quality seeking comment on the published report.

In comparison, Kimberly-Clark's Beech Island plant has 3 million square feet of manufacturing space. It produces Kleenex and Cottonelle brand tissues and Huggies diaper products and employs nearly 1,200 people.

Walter Sprouse, executive director of the Development Authority of Richmond County, said he has seen the published report.

By policy of the authority, he said he can neither confirm nor deny whether he has been in talks with First Quality Tissue on locating to Augusta.

Sprouse said he has “been busy” with projects and acknowledged that he flew to New York state in 2009, though he flies to New York annually to meet with developers.

First Quality Enterprises Inc. was founded in 1990. It distributes branded and private label absorbent hygiene, paper and non-woven products. It employs 3,000 people across its subsidiary companies.

According to its Web site, the company makes Prevail adult incontinence wash cloths, Femtex female hygiene products, Panda paper towels and Cuties baby wipes.

In comparison, Kimberly-Clark's Beech Island plant has 3 million square feet of manufacturing space. It produces Kleenex and Cottonelle brand tissues and Huggies diaper products and employs nearly 1,200 people.

 

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