St. Croix Tissue is a new, state-of-the art tissue paper manufacturing company in Baileyville, Maine. We are located next to and supplied pulp by our sister company, Woodland Pulp LLC (see sidebar), Washington County’s largest employer.
St. Croix Tissue produces a full range of products for the growing national and international tissue markets, including paper napkins, paper towels, bathroom tissue and facial tissue. The mill’s products are sold retail under the FIORA® and Willow® brands, found in your local stores. Our two automated tissue paper manufacturing machines have the capacity to produce over 120,000 tons of tissue a year.
Tissue paper production of jumbo rolls for TM1 began in March 2016 and for TM2 in July 2016. In addition to creating approximately 90 new direct jobs, St. Croix Tissue has helped to create many indirect jobs in the area. We are proud to have built a workforce that is 30 percent female and 60 percent coming from low income households, providing economic prospect for people in Washington County. The employees operate together as part of a high-performance work team, with opportunities for cross-training in every position from maintenance to machine operations.
Click the photo below to see Maine International Trade Center’s spotlight video on our operation.
“Oftentimes the thing that separates the companies that succeed versus the companies that don’t is really the people that are making it happen. We have great, hardworking Maine people here. I’m proud and pleased that we are farther ahead now than I thought we would be… We’ve got a good team.”
Marco L’Italien, VP US East Operations, IGIC
“[St. Croix Tissue] is bringing back what Maine was very, very strong in the paper industry… We’ve suffered from a lack of technology investment, and they’re bringing in some of the newest technology”
Paul LePage, Then Maine Governor (as quoted in the Bangor Daily News, 3/12/14)
“In an industry where most grades of paper are facing slack demand, tissues are one of the few specialties where sales are actually climbing.”
John Williams, Maine Pulp and Paper Association President
The manufacturing facility at St. Croix Tissue is certified as meeting the requirements of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) as set forth by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, Recommended International Code of Practices for General Principles of Food Hygiene. This is a system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. GMP covers all aspects of production from the raw materials, premises, and equipment to the training and personal hygiene of staff. We not only expect our employees to abide by these practices, but our contractors and visitors as well. To access St. Croix Tissue’s current GMP Certificate as issued by external auditor SGS North America Inc., please click on the SGS logo below.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
St. Croix Tissue has received an advanced rating and gold recognition level certificate from Ecovadis for Corporate Social Responsibility. Ecovadis operates the 1st collaborative online platform allowing companies to monitor the environmental and social performance of their suppliers on a global basis. Click on the logo below to access our 2018 recognition certificate.
SUSTAINABLE FOREST PRODUCT PROCUREMENT
St. Croix Tissue products can be classified as sustainably sourced due to two forest products-based chain of custody certifications.
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is an international nongovernmental organization that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. To learn more, visit www.fsc.org and to see St. Croix Tissue’s Certificate of Registration, please click on the logo below. St. Croix Tissue products sold with an FSC® Mix claim are made of forest material from well-managed, FSC® -certified forests and other controlled sources.
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management through independent third-party certification. PEFC™ works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. To learn more, visit www.pefc.org and to see St. Croix Tissue’s Certificate of Registration, please click on the logo below. St. Croix Tissue products sold with a PEFC™ claim and label are made of forest material from well-managed PEFC™-certified forests.