Domtar’s Kingsport Mill Reaches Million-Hour Safety Mark, Receives Governor’s Award of Excellence

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — On Wednesday, Nov. 8, state officials presented Domtar’s Kingsport mill with a top safety award, the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) Governor’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety.

The award recognizes outstanding achievement in employer-employee safety programs for the prevention of workplace injury. As part of its qualification criteria, Domtar’s Kingsport mill had to accumulate 1 million hours worked without a lost-time or restricted-duty incident.

“Safety is a core value at Domtar, and we’re proud that TOSHA has recognized our efforts in this way,” says Bill MacPherson, mill manager. “We’re grateful to say that while this is the first time our Kingsport mill has been publicly recognized, thanks to our employees, the 1 million-hour milestone has been reached multiple times in the past by both the Kingsport mill and by our Ridgefields Converting facility.”

Guests and speakers at the event included James Flanagan, assistant administrator for Tennessee OSHA, David Blessman, Volunteer STAR Recognition Program manager, and Randy Cassell, president of Kingsport’s Safety Council, among others.

“Domtar’s Kingsport mill has demonstrated a strong commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace,” says Flanagan, who presented the Governor’s Award of Excellence. “The evaluation criteria for this award are challenging, and this company has worked extremely hard to meet and exceed the standards the award requires.”

Domtar ranks as Kingsport’s third-largest manufacturing company, with approximately 400 employees at its mill and Ridgefields Converting facility.

“We’re very thankful for the dedication of our employees,” MacPherson says. “Milestones like these are possible because of their ongoing commitment to safety awareness.”

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About Domtar

Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 10,000 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.1 billion, and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.

For more information, contact Kezia Murphy,
senior human resources advisor at Domtar’s Kingsport mill,
at 423-392-2710.

Domtar’s Kingsport Mill to Receive TOSHA Governor’s Award of Excellence

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Domtar’s Kingsport mill will receive the 2017 Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) Governor’s Award of Excellence at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

The Governor’s Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding achievement in employer-employee safety programs for the prevention of workplace injury. To qualify for the award, Domtar’s Kingsport mill was required to accumulate 1 million hours worked without a lost-time or restricted-duty incident.

Speakers at the event will include Bill MacPherson, mill manager of Domtar’s Kingsport mill, and Randy Cassell, president of Kingsport’s Safety Council. Guests attending on behalf of the state include James Flanagan, assistant administrator for Tennessee OSHA, and David Blessman, STAR program manager.

The award presentation will be held at Domtar’s Kingsport mill, located at 100 Clinchfield Street in Kingsport. Guests must check in at the security office. Business casual attire is recommended and closed-toed shoes are required. The event will be held indoors; however, in the event of inclement weather, please bring a coat and/or an umbrella.

For more information, contact Kezia Murphy,
human resource advisor at Domtar’s Kingsport mill,
at 423-392-2710.

Domtar to Sponsor Downtown Kingsport Cleanup, Provide Paper to Local Educators

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — For the second consecutive year, Domtar Corporation’s (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) Kingsport, Tennessee, mill will sponsor the Downtown Kingsport Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.

Local educators who participate in the Downtown Kingsport Cleanup will receive five reams of Domtar paper with a valid teacher identification card. Registration will take place at 8:30 a.m. in the Northeast State at Kingsport parking lot, located at 222 West Main St. A redemption ticket will be issued to participants who provide proper identification. The offer is limited to the first 100 teachers who display their identification cards.

All volunteers for the Downtown Kingsport Cleanup are requested to meet in the parking lot across from the main entrance to Domtar.

The clean-up initiative is part of Keep Kingsport Beautiful’s second annual Clean Sweep Kingsport event, a community-wide beautification effort, combining a number of smaller cleanup activities downtown, along the Greenbelt and South Holston River Greenbelt, and in the Highland and Lynn Garden communities. All clean-up activities will be held on April 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“At Domtar, we take pride in bettering the lives of the individuals in our communities,” says Bill MacPherson, Kingsport mill manager for Domtar. “Investing in our communities is an expression of our value of caring. Our longstanding support of Keep Kingsport Beautiful has been a natural outgrowth of our shared interest in the environment. We look forward to continuing our commitment to making Kingsport more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.”

Following the Clean Sweep Kingsport event, a volunteer appreciation lunch will be held at noon at Riverview Park.

For more information about Clean Sweep Kingsport, contact Robin Cleary, director of Keep Kingsport Beautiful, at (423) 392-8814 or rcleary@kingsportchamber.org.

Clean Sweep Kingsport is part of the nationwide Great American Cleanup, held March 1 through May 31.

About Domtar 

Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products, including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 9,800 employees serving in more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.6 billion and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.

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For more information, contact Kezia Murphy,

human resource advisor at Domtar’s Kingsport mill,

at 423-392-2710.

Corporate Marketing Receives Top Honors at 2017 American Advertising Federation ADDY® Awards

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Corporate Marketing recently received top honors at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Southwest Virginia ADDY® Awards ceremony in Marion, Virginia, and the Northeast Tennessee ADDY® Awards ceremony in Johnson City.

A division of The Corporate Image, an integrated communications firm headquartered in Bristol, Tennessee, Corporate Marketing (CM) received a gold ADDY® from the AAF Southwest Virginia chapter for a non-traditional, Valentine’s Day-themed Fact and Fortune Teller card for Domtar’s Kingsport mill as part of the company’s year-long centennial celebration. Corporate Marketing also received a silver ADDY® for a series of 100th-anniversary billboards for Domtar’s Kingsport mill. Both projects were designed by Marty Engle, CM’s director of graphic services.

Corporate Marketing was also the recipient of a silver ADDY® from the AAF Northeast Tennessee chapter for a 30-second “Precision Surgery” commercial produced for Wellmont Health System and Holston Valley Medical Center. The commercial was directed and edited by Engle.

“It’s exciting to see Corporate Marketing’s work receive local ADDY® awards, and be recognized in an area overflowing with individuals who seek to push the boundaries of advertising with outstanding creativity every day,” says Jon Lundberg, president of The Corporate Image. “These awards demonstrate our continued commitment to providing top-quality communications services and products for our distinguished clients.”

The ADDY® Awards attract more than 40,000 entries each year in local competitions, and are the first phase of a three-tiered national competition.

Founded in 1993, The Corporate Image is an integrated public relations and marketing firm that specializes in strategic corporate communications. Corporate Marketing designs, develops and implements targeted marketing and advertising strategies for clients.

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 For more information, contact Robbie Phillips, vice president,
The Corporate Image, at 800-476-7459
or visit the companies at www.corporatepr.com or www.corporatemg.com.

Domtar’s PaperPal Program Brings Students, Seniors Together

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — On Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m., students from John Adams Elementary School will visit senior adults at the Kingsport Senior Center for a special meet and greet opportunity.

This event is part of Domtar’s PaperPal program, an initiative that brings together elementary students and senior citizens through letter writing.

The pen pals have been exchanging letters, corresponding the old-fashioned way — with paper and pen — since September. Domtar provided stationery, pencils, crayons, glue and stamps for the students and senior adults to create one-of-a-kind, handwritten letters. Tuesday’s event will provide an opportunity for the pen pals to meet in person.

The Kingsport Senior Center is located on the first floor of the Kingsport Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St. in Kingsport.

 

For more information, contact Kezia Murphy,

human resource advisor at Domtar’s Kingsport mill,

at 423-392-2710.

Domtar Wins 2016 CenturyLink Faith in the Future Award

KINGSPORT, Tenn. —Domtar was chosen as a 2016 winner in the highly sought-after Faith in the Future Awards, presented by CenturyLink on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Millennium Centre in Johnson City, Tennessee. Nominees were evaluated by judges based on their commitment to the future of their business, their employees, their community and the region. For its century-long investment in Kingsport and forward-looking commitment to the region, Domtar was nominated and won in the Manufacturing category.

For the past 100 years, Domtar’s Kingsport mill has been a significant part of the economic, social and cultural heritage of the city of Kingsport and the surrounding region. The company has manufactured paper products since its founding in 1916 as the Kingsport Pulp Company.

In the nomination, it was noted that while the paper and pulp industry has experienced countless changes, the mill’s commitment to remaining a cutting-edge operation has remained constant. In the 1970s, the mill featured one of the fastest paper production machines in the world. In 2002, following a $475 million investment, the mill was rebuilt as the newest and most modern paper production facility in North America. At the time, the rebuild represented the largest single capital investment in the history of the state of Tennessee. Today, the Kingsport mill has the capacity to produce nearly 420,000 tons of paper and more than 300,000 tons of pulp annually.

Since being acquired by Domtar in 2007, the mill has remained a first-class operation in the paper and pulp industry, and has strengthened its support of the Kingsport community. Domtar ranks as the city’s third-largest manufacturing company, employing 390 workers at the mill and the Ridgefields converting facility, and generating an additional 750 indirect jobs for the Kingsport area. In total, more than 1,100 workers benefit from Domtar’s presence in Kingsport, and the mill’s estimated regional economic impact is $190 million each year.

“From both an economic and community involvement perspective, we want the Kingsport mill to remain a key contributor to our city’s growth and prosperity,” says Bill MacPherson, Kingsport mill manager. “Kingsport has been a vital partner in the mill’s century-long history of success, and we are thrilled to add the Faith in the Future Award to our accomplished story.”

Businesses and individuals from Carter, Greene, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties (Tennessee and Virginia) are invited to participate in the award nominations process. An evaluation team from outside of the area reviews all nominations based on the criteria, choosing one winner per category. The nomination process allows a business to review its strengths, as well as its impact on the community.

This is the seventh year for the Faith in the Future awards, with 26 nominees represented among the eight award categories.

About Domtar 
Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products, including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 9,800 employees serving in more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.6 billion and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.

Domtar Launches Letter-Writing Program for Students and Seniors

Fourth- and fifth-grade students from Miller Perry Elementary School will partner with senior residents from Asbury Place and Wexford House to exchange letters. Selected students in grades two through five from John Adams Elementary School will correspond with members of the Kingsport Senior Center.

Domtar’s support includes providing the participating schools and senior facilities with stationery, pencils, crayons, glue and stamps.

“Research suggests there are multiple benefits to letter writing for people of all generations,” says Bill MacPherson, Kingsport mill manager for Domtar. “As a company, we have seen firsthand the educational and cognitive benefits for students and seniors provided by this program at some of Domtar’s other locations. Equally important has been the personal connection made between the kids and their senior pen pals. We look forward to seeing this program become a success here in Kingsport as well.”

Domtar first tested the program in 2015 through a partnership between a school and a retirement community in Van Nuys, California. The idea was so successful that the groups wanted to continue writing letters after the initial two-month program officially ended. Since then, the program has been expanded to include other Domtar locations throughout Canada and the United States.

“Our students recently finished reading a book in which the main character, an elementary student, has a senior pen pal,” says Shannon Brashear, a fifth-grade teacher at Miller Perry Elementary School. “For the students, this is a fun activity that mirrors a book they appreciated. As a teacher, I know the students are not only enjoying themselves, but learning some valuable skill sets as well.”

Maggie Cooper, director of lifestyles and wellness at Asbury Place, indicates the program will be equally beneficial to seniors.

“The PaperPal program is a great fit for our residents,” Cooper says. “We are focused on wellness, and writing letters to local students will allow our residents to engage in meaningful interactions while participating in a cognitive exercise.”

Throughout 2016, the Kingsport mill is commemorating its milestone anniversary with local activities and events that reinforce the operation’s longstanding dedication to the Kingsport community. Some of these activities have included a $10,000 contribution to Healthy Kingsport; planting 100 trees along both sides of Fort Henry Drive, beginning at Memorial Park and ending near Center Street; and a $12,000 donation to the Kingsport Fire Department for the purchase of a new educational tool.

About Domtar 
Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products, including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 9,800 employees serving in more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.6 billion and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.

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For more information, contact Kezia Murphy,
human resource advisor at Domtar’s Kingsport mill, at 423-392-2710.

Domtar’s Kingsport Mill Donates $12,000 to Kingsport Fire Department to Fund Replacement of Robotic Dog

Domtar’s donation will be used to replace the KFD’s robotic dog, Sparky the Fire Dog®. Considered to be the best-known figure in fire safety education across the country, Sparky the Fire Dog is an interactive tool for teaching fire and safety awareness.

Domtar officials presented the contribution to the KFD Friday afternoon at Fire Station 1, located at 130 Island Street, during a ceremony attended by Kingsport Mayor John Clark and representatives of the city’s board of mayor and aldermen.

Throughout 2016, the mill is commemorating its milestone anniversary with local activities and events that reinforce the mill’s long-standing dedication to the Kingsport community.

“While there have been a few emergency calls to our mill during our 100-year history, I am pleased to say that much of our relationship with the Kingsport Fire Department has been built on the life-safety educational programs they provide to the mill staff,” says Bill MacPherson, Kingsport mill manager. “Whether it is corporate seminars or fire extinguisher training, the Kingsport Fire Department is always available to assist us in making the Kingsport mill a safe environment for our employees and the community.”

The KFD purchased Sparky nearly 10 years ago via funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Operated by remote control, Sparky has become an integral part of the department’s fire safety education program. With his moving eyes and conversational skills, Sparky communicates with kids on their level as he drives a mini fire truck, often using the emergency lights and siren.

Immensely popular with Kingsport-area children, Sparky has started to show his age.

“Kids love to hug Sparky and have their photo taken with him,” says Barry Brickey, KFD public information officer. “I use him not only to get the kids’ attention during safety presentations, but also to reinforce the fire prevention messages I am teaching. He totally enthralls most children and makes for a fantastic teaching tool.”

Each year, Sparky accompanies Brickey on visits to Kingsport City Schools and Sullivan County Schools, several Head Start programs, and numerous community events to spread the message of fire safety and prevention. He is also used during the many field trips scheduled at the KFD throughout the school year.

Sparky is so well-known in the community that the KFD sees a steady stream of visitors who stop by just to see him.

“Sparky plays an important role in educating the Kingsport community about fire safety,” Clark says. “Funding for projects like this, however, can be challenging, and we are grateful to Domtar for providing this much-needed contribution. Our city is honored to have a forward-thinking partner like Domtar that truly understands the importance of safety education, and continually strives to make a positive impact on the community it serves.”

About Domtar 

Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products, including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 9,800 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.6 billion and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.

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For more information, contact Kezia Murphy,

human resource advisor at Domtar’s Kingsport mill,

at 423-392-2710.

Domtar’s Kingsport Mill to Cover Bays Mountain Park Entry Fee for 100 Vehicles

Starting Friday, May 27, through Sunday, May 29, Domtar’s Kingsport Mill will pay the $4.00 cost of admission for the first 33 vehicles that enter the park each day, as well as one additional vehicle on Memorial Day.

“The Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium is a Kingsport treasure,” says Bill MacPherson, Kingsport mill manager. “Many of our employees routinely enjoy spending time in the park with their families, taking advantage of the nature programs and the many hiking trails that are available. This Memorial Day weekend, we want to share this experience with others in the community as we continue to celebrate our 100–year anniversary in Kingsport.”

Throughout 2016, the Kingsport mill is commemorating its milestone anniversary with local activities and events that reinforce the operation’s longstanding dedication to the Kingsport community. To date, the mill has provided 5,000 pounds of copy paper to local non-profits, donated $10,000 to Healthy Kingsport, and planted 100 trees along both sides of Fort Henry Drive, beginning at Memorial Park and ending near Center Street.

“Domtar is a strong environmental and community steward,” says Rob Cole, operations coordinator for Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium. “We are grateful that Domtar’s Kingsport mill is making this opportunity available, and we know that our guests will appreciate Domtar’s generosity.”

Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium is one of the nation’s largest city-owned parks. A 3,550-acre nature preserve featuring a Nature Center with a state-of-the-art planetarium, the park also offers a 44-acre lake, 40 miles of trails approved for hiking and mountain biking, native animal habitats, and an adventure ropes course facility with a 300-foot zip line.

About Domtar 

Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products, including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 9,800 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.6 billion and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.

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For more information, contact Kezia Murphy,

human resource advisor at Domtar’s Kingsport mill,

at 423-392-2710.

Domtar’s Kingsport Mill Celebrates Centennial by Donating 100 Trees to City of Kingsport

Representatives from Domtar and Keep Kingsport Beautiful announced the contribution at a dedication ceremony Thursday morning at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium.

“As we celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2016, it is important for Domtar’s Kingsport mill to honor and support the community that has contributed to our success,” says Bill MacPherson, Kingsport mill manager. “Our longstanding support of Keep Kingsport Beautiful has been a natural outgrowth of our shared interest in the environment. It is our hope that when people travel along Fort Henry Drive, lined with these majestic and thriving trees, they will see them as a reflection of the vibrant community that makes up the city of Kingsport.”

Throughout 2016, the Kingsport mill is commemorating its milestone anniversary with local activities and events that reinforce the operation’s longstanding dedication to the Kingsport community.

Over the years, the mill has been diligent in fostering a culture that supports and promotes the importance of giving back to the local community. The Kingsport mill was a key proponent of the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing and the Kingsport Higher Education Center. In addition, the mill has contributed more than $5 million to the community in the form of land, financial donations and labor for numerous recreational and social efforts.

“We are honored to celebrate 100 years with a company that has a longstanding tradition of giving back to its community,” states Kingsport Mayor John Clark. “Thank you, Domtar, for making Kingsport a greener place to live now and for the next 100 years.”

Thursday’s tree donation is one of several activities in which the Kingsport mill has been engaged this week, also known as Earth Week, a time dedicated to increasing environmental awareness. On April 16, more than 50 mill employees participated in Keep Kingsport Beautiful’s Clean Sweep Kingsport. The group was responsible for areas adjacent to the mill, including about a half-mile section of The Greenbelt.

“Keep Kingsport Beautiful has enjoyed a long partnership with Domtar, which has been an active sponsor of Arbor Day and the Notable Trees of Kingsport for many years,” says Robin Cleary, director of Keep Kingsport Beautiful. “We are thrilled to be able to participate in the Kingsport mill’s centennial celebration, and we are excited to see how these trees will help transform Fort Henry Drive.”

Domtar’s Kingsport operation began in 1916, when local businessmen constructed the mill, known as the Kingsport Pulp Co., to process fiber from a wood alcohol extract operation. Although the mill changed hands multiple times over the years, each of its owners made continuous investments in the facility and its operations.

In 1972, under the Mead Corporation name, the Kingsport plant operated five paper machines, one of which was considered the fastest in the world. After being acquired by Willamette Industries, the mill underwent an upgrade in 2000 to make it more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient. In 2002, new owner Weyerhaeuser invested $475 million to install a new uncoated free-sheet machine, recovery boiler, and bleached hardwood pulp line ― essentially rebuilding the mill, and making it the newest and most modern paper facility in North America.

In 2007, Domtar took over the Weyerhaeuser Fine Paper group. Today, the plant has the capacity to produce nearly 420,000 tons of paper and more than 300,000 tons of pulp annually.  The Kingsport mill has an estimated regional economic impact of $190 million per year.

About Domtar 

Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products, including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 9,800 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.6 billion and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.

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For more information, contact Roger Smith,

director of public affairs and manufacturing support at Domtar’s Kingsport mill,

at 423-392-2738.