Pratt Opens Recycled Paper Box Facility in Ohio

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

September 12, 2014

1 Min Read
Pratt Opens Recycled Paper Box Facility in Ohio

Pratt Industries Inc. has opened a $44 million recycled corrugated box factory in Lewisburg, Ohio.

The Conyers, Ga.-based Pratt built the 350,000 sq.-ft. facility next to its existing box plant, according to a news release. Pratt says its paper and packaging products are 100-percent recycled.

"Not only will the recycled paper used here save as many as 10,000 trees per day, but the facility also uses the latest in water reclamation technology, and will eventually reduce discharge into the local sewer system to zero," said company owner Anthony Pratt. All the fork lifts and grab trucks at the facility will operate on compressed natural gas (CNG) instead of propane.

The plant features a 110” BHS corrugator and several finishing machines. It is Pratt’s fourth facility in Ohio, representing a total investment of more than $100 million.

When the Lewisburg plant reaches capacity Pratt will employ nearly 550 in the state. It employs more than 400 now.

Also, Pratt is in the process of building a $260 million recycled paper mill on a 50-acre site in Valparaiso, Ind., 50 miles south of Chicago. The company expects that facility to start up in 12 months.

The plant's opening was attended by Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.

Pratt is the fifth largest box producer in the United States.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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