A towel and tissue product manufacturer is planning to expand its plants in Anderson and Lock Haven, Penn.
According to its website, First Quality Tissue, based in New York, is planning to build two new paper machines – one each in Anderson and Lock Haven. The company said the additions will “add hundreds of jobs” in both Anderson and Lock Haven.
“Our Company is honored to be a part of the Anderson and Lock Haven communities and extremely proud of the operations we have built together,” the company said, in a statement on its website. “We have witnessed the positive impact our company has had on these U.S. towns – transforming dormant factories into state-of-the-art facilities which have created over 1,000 jobs that have provided exceptional employment opportunities to local community residents.”
First Quality Tissue launched its fifth paper machine at the Anderson facility in May 2016. The newest paper machine is expected to be operational in Anderson in the latter half of 2018. The new machine at Lock Haven will be operational in the second half of 2019.
The company said the expansions were initiatives for its manufacturing and distribution capabilities and part of the company’s long-term growth plan, according to the website.
First Quality Tissue purchased a former nylon fiber manufacturing plant in Anderson in 2010. The Anderson facility employs more than 625 at its campus.