Transforming Industry, Preserving the Environment

Domtar Packaging Kingsport Mill

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Embracing the Future at Domtar Kingsport

Opened in 1916, Domtar’s Kingsport, Tennessee, mill is a downtown landmark with an ideal industrial location on the South Fork Holston River. In January 2023, the mill officially became Domtar’s first 100 percent recycled containerboard facility manufacturing linerboard for corrugated boxes. 

The mill is home to the second-largest recycled containerboard machine in North America. As the largest recycled manufacturer in Tennessee, the mill can produce approximately 600,000 tons of high-quality recycled linerboard and corrugated medium annually.

The revitalized Kingsport Mill showcases cutting-edge technology and innovative processes that enhance Domtar’s ability to meet the growing demand within the industry. The conversion of the mill aligns strategically with the company’s long-term vision to build a large and competitive packaging business, as well as its commitment to sustainability.

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Progress Highlights

Revolutionizing Packaging, Preserving Our Planet

The Kingsport Mill is leading the charge in sustainable packaging solutions, directly addressing the pressing environmental challenges of our time. 

Easy Interstate Access

The Kingsport Mill sits in the heart of the city’s downtown. Inbound and outbound trucks routinely traverse busy main roads to reach the mill.

Lithium Ion-Powered Industrial Vehicles

Sustainability lives inside the warehouse, too. We switched from traditional propane or lead acid battery-powered vehicles to a fleet of six lithium ion-powered industrial vehicles to reduce the mill’s carbon footprint and offer safety and maintenance benefits.

Concrete from the Kingsport Mill’s Past Became the Foundation for Its Future

Building on circular economy principles, we used approximately 31,500 tons of concrete and brick left over from the demolition of the previous mill for the foundation of the new facility.

Our Path Forward

Next Steps

Enhancing community through engaging initiatives, sustainable practices and local collaboration.

Additional Projects

Experience the future with innovative initiatives and environmental improvements, fostering an informed community.

Latest News from Domtar Kingsport Mill

Stay informed about our milestones and achievements.

Domtar’s Randy Adams Receives Pulp and Paper Safety Association’s Highest Honor

DeWayne Bone (left), senior safety director of Domtar’s paper and packaging business unit, presents Randy Adams (right), health and safety manager at Domtar’s Kingsport Mill, with the Pulp and Paper Safety Association’s Distinguished Service Award.  KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Randy Adams, health and...

Domtar Corporation Announces Partnership with U.S. Army PaYS Program

FORT MILL, South Carolina – June 12, 2024 – Domtar Corporation, a Paper Excellence Group company, on Wednesday announced it has joined the U.S. Army’s PaYS (Partnership for Your Success) program -- a strategic partnership between the Army and a cross section of corporations, companies and public...

Domtar Hosts ETSU Engineering Students for Kingsport Mill Tour

Engineering students from East Tennessee State University and Domtar team members during the recent tour of the Kingsport Mill. KINGSPORT, Tenn. — First-year engineering students from East Tennessee State University explored future career possibilities during a recent tour of Domtar’s Kingsport...

Domtar’s Kingsport Mill Donates $5,000 to Northeast State Community College

Photo Caption: Pictured (left to right): Christy Parks, executive assistant at RCAM; Holly Free-Ollard, RCAM’s vice president of Economic and Workforce Development; Jeff McCord, president of Northeast State; Troy Wilson, Domtar Kingsport Mill manager; and Josh Johnson, assistant director of...

Teachers Visit Domtar’s Kingsport Mill as Part of Trees to Products Program

Tour Demonstrates Sustainability of Facility’s State-of-the-Art Recycling Operation KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Domtar’s Kingsport Mill recently hosted teachers from across the Commonwealth of Virginia as part of the Trees to Products program. The program, which is coordinated by Virginia Cooperative...

Kingsport Mill Reopens, Announces Corrugated Recycling Partnership

Domtar leaders celebrate the Kingsport Mill’s grand re-opening and the company’s corrugated recycling partnership with Food City leaders in May 2023. Photo Credit: Earl Neikirk/Neikirk Image Our Kingsport Mill is running again, using recycled fiber from a corrugated recycling partnership...

Kingsport Mill Conversion Project Wins Prestigious PPSA Safety Award

The project to convert the Kingsport Mill into Domtar’s first 100 percent recycled containerboard facility recently received the Pulp & Paper Safety Association’s prestigious Award of Safety Excellence. Given annually by the PPSA board of directors, the award is the organization’s most...

Domtar celebrates transformation of Kingsport Mill

From The Business Journal A ribbon-cutting ceremony usually signals the opening of a new facility. However, the ceremony held at Domtar’s Kingsport Mill last month simply opened the latest chapter at a facility that has operated in Kingsport for over a century. Click here and go to page 10 to read...

Communication is Key to Safety in Massive Conversion Project

From Paper 360° How do you complete 2.5 million work hours during a major mill conversion without a single lost-time incident? According to Charlie Floyd, vice president, Packaging Strategic Capital for Domtar, the key is communication. And lots of it. Click here to read the full story

Domtar hosts ribbon-cutting, announces Food City partnership

From the Kingsport Times News Domtar employees got to see the fruits of their labor for the past two years pay off on Wednesday at the converted Kingsport Mill’s ribbon- cutting ceremony. Click here for the full story

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