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1819

Shortly after the War of 1812,  Paper Mill opens on the banks of the Contoocook River in Bennington, New Hampshire

1835

The introduction of wood pulp to the paper manufacturing process. Fourdrinier papermaking machines installed at the Bennington Paper Mills where writing and blank book papers are produced

1865

Due to a shortage of linen rags, a pulp mill is built on the property

1870

The railroad extends its routes to Bennington, and new machinery is purchased considerably increasing the capacity of the mills

1880

Paper Mill renamed Monadnock Paper Mills (Monadnock) for region’s most prominent mountain.

Monadnock (m’ NAD nok): High point, one who stands alone [Algonquin]; portending a legacy of excellence and commitment to the environment.

1894

Monadnock begins using renewable energy by powering the plant using the Contoocook River.

1904

Colonel Pierce purchases Monadnock Paper Mills, constructs a new brick mill building, and greatly expands production capacity.

1922

Monadnock acquires ownership of hydro facilities and dams, at that time supplying enough energy to run the mill and serve as backup for the town’s electrical power supply

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Tail Race

1948

Gilbert Verney purchases Monadnock Paper Mills and begins manufacturing specialty papers

1958

Quality offset and opaque papers are developed and refined using modernized stock preparation processes for consistency and uniformity

1960

Monadnock installs package boilers for steam production

1962

Premium text and cover grades augment Monadnock’s product mix

1964

Monadnock donates 30 acres of land for conservation as a WWII memorial park

1967

Technical specialty and converting papers are developed. First non-integrated mill to install beta-scanning gauges

1972

Ecology Flag first flown at Monadnock Paper Mills

1974

The Mill’s wastewater treatment facility begins operation improving the water quality of the Contoocook River

1975

Enhanced process control systems are installed improving quality and increasing production

1980

Monadnock installs off-machine coating equipment for aqueous dispersion coatings, including coatings for offset, gravure and flexo, as well as adhesive, barrier, and non-skid coatings

1989

Number One paper machine capacity is increased via installation of a sectional electric drive

1990

Monadnock develops and begins using new groundwater well to reduce burden on the river

1990

Cross machine computer controls are installed on both machines to improve paper consistency. We are America’s oldest continuously operating paper mill

1991

Powder Mill Pond, the holding basin for Monadnock’s hydroelectric power, is designated as a sport fish & wildlife site

1995

Monadnock becomes ISO 9001 certified

1998

Monadnock acquires a nonwoven melt blown manufacturing facility, expanding capabilities to include air and liquid filtration

1998

Monadnock receives the first Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention. Assists in designation of the Contoocook River under the NH Rivers Protection program

1999

Monadnock announces PC 100, setting the standard for premium 100 percent recycled content printing paper

1999

Monadnock reduces fresh water consumption by half over the past 10 years

2000

Monadnock becomes Sustainable Forests Initiative program participant

2001

Monadnock recycles 100 percent of short paper fiber waste as compost for agriculture

2001

Monadnock becomes EPA WasteWise Partner

2002

Monadnock Non-Wovens opens new facility in Mount Pocono adding significant operating space and room for extra calendaring processes

2003

Monadnock installs steam turbine generator producing energy from excess steam

2004

Monadnock gains FSC certification, increases internal recycling rate by 70 percent, begins development of Environmental Management System

2005

Monadnock commits to Energy Star “Change a Light, Change the World” program

2006

Monadnock attains ISO 14001 certification for its Environmental Management System, wins Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention, becomes an EPA Performance Track company

2006

Monadnock Non-Wovens installs third meltblown machine doubling capacity, installs rail spur and siding with resin conveying system removing the equivalent of 50 trucks per year off local roads, saving energy and improving the environment

2007

Monadnock introduces Envi Portfolio of products, becomes Green-e certified and an EPA Green Power Leader, all graphic arts and packaging papers now made carbon neutral using 100 percent renewable electricity

2007

Monadnock Non-Wovens earns site specific ISO 9001 certification

2008

Monadnock awarded New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility Cornerstone Award and Business NH Magazine Lean & Green Award

2008

Monadnock Non-Wovens starts installation of fourth meltblown machine and major factor expansion

2009

Monadnock becomes State of NH Green Leader, receives commendation from Governor for commitment to renewable energy

2009

Monadnock Non-Wovens extends range of surgical face mask media to support global efforts to control Swine Flu and H1N1 Flu

2010

Monadnock becomes EPA SmartWay Transport Partner

2010

Monadnock Non-Wovens issues comprehensive media validation guide, completes 3-year facility expansion and output capacity; supplies media for sorbent media to help control oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico

2011

Monadnock creates Envi Card Stock – a fiber-based alternative to PVC gift cards

2013

Monadnock produces first Sustainability Progress Report; Monadnock’s entire product portfolio is now manufactured Carbon Neutral using 100 percent Renewable Electricity – a significant increase in investment in renewable electricity and carbon emission reduction

2014

Monadnock receives Environmental Business Council of New England John A.S. McGlennon Environmental-Energy Award for Corporate Leadership

2016

Monadnock receives Manufacturing Leadership “Sustainability Leadership Award” for Envi Card Innovation

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Using paper containing recycled fiber made carbon neutral with 100% renewable electricity results in the following impact reductions: Congratulations on the reduced environmental footprint of your project! The impact of your paper choice is equivalent to:

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8,483

Pounds of solid waste
not produced

Equivalent to: 0.4 garbage trucks of waste
92,683,125

BTUs of energy
not consumed

Equivalent to: powering 2 homes for a year
831,600

Pounds of wood saved

Equivalent to: 388 trees still standing
258,754

Net pounds of GHG CO2
not produced

Equivalent to: 4 cars
not driven for a year
1,338,060

Gallons of wastewater
not produced

Equivalent to: 0.27 Olympic swimming pools of water
150,708

Pounds of carbon emissions
not produced*

Equivalent to: Emissions produced by 15.8 barrels of oil
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