“The new expanded capacity recognizes the strength and growth potential of the dynamic wipes market, as well as Ahlstrom’s intention to invest in technically superior products for next-generation applications,” said Martin Davis, vice president and general manager of Ahlstrom’s global wipes business. “We continue to invest in capacity and capabilities that give our customer a competitive edge,” he said.
The Green Bay plant was acquired in 2004 and became a key production site for Ahlstrom’s wipes product line. Ahlstrom made a number of investments at the plant with the aim of broadening and diversifying its product offering to the growing wipes market. Investments include a new capability for the production of cotton-containing products, as well as increasing capacity of its spunlace line.
The investment on the new line started in May of 2006, and started up in December, two weeks ahead of schedule. In addition to producing rayon/polyester spunlace materials, the new machine enables hydro embossing, in-line printing, cotton blending and the design of composite structures.