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Shortly after the War of 1812, Paper Mill opens on the banks of the Contoocook River in Bennington, New Hampshire
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
Due to a shortage of linen rags, a pulp mill is built on the property
The railroad extends its routes to Bennington, and new machinery is purchased considerably increasing the capacity of the mills
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.
Monadnock begins using renewable energy by powering the plant using the Contoocook River.
Colonel Pierce purchases Monadnock Paper Mills, constructs a new brick mill building, and greatly expands production capacity.
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
Gilbert Verney purchases Monadnock Paper Mills and begins manufacturing specialty papers
Quality offset and opaque papers are developed and refined using modernized stock preparation processes for consistency and uniformity
Monadnock installs package boilers for steam production
Premium text and cover grades augment Monadnock’s product mix
Monadnock donates 30 acres of land for conservation as a WWII memorial park
Technical specialty and converting papers are developed. First non-integrated mill to install beta-scanning gauges
Ecology Flag first flown at Monadnock Paper Mills
The Mill’s wastewater treatment facility begins operation improving the water quality of the Contoocook River
Enhanced process control systems are installed improving quality and increasing production
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
Number One paper machine capacity is increased via installation of a sectional electric drive
Monadnock develops and begins using new groundwater well to reduce burden on the river
Cross machine computer controls are installed on both machines to improve paper consistency. We are America’s oldest continuously operating paper mill
Powder Mill Pond, the holding basin for Monadnock’s hydroelectric power, is designated as a sport fish & wildlife site
Monadnock becomes ISO 9001 certified
Monadnock acquires a nonwoven melt blown manufacturing facility, expanding capabilities to include air and liquid filtration
Monadnock receives the first Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention. Assists in designation of the Contoocook River under the NH Rivers Protection program
Monadnock announces PC 100, setting the standard for premium 100 percent recycled content printing paper
Monadnock reduces fresh water consumption by half over the past 10 years
Monadnock becomes Sustainable Forests Initiative program participant
Monadnock recycles 100 percent of short paper fiber waste as compost for agriculture
Monadnock becomes EPA WasteWise Partner
Monadnock Non-Wovens opens new facility in Mount Pocono adding significant operating space and room for extra calendaring processes
Monadnock installs steam turbine generator producing energy from excess steam
Monadnock gains FSC certification, increases internal recycling rate by 70 percent, begins development of Environmental Management System
Monadnock commits to Energy Star “Change a Light, Change the World” program
Monadnock attains ISO 14001 certification for its Environmental Management System, wins Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention, becomes an EPA Performance Track company
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
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
Monadnock Non-Wovens earns site specific ISO 9001 certification
Monadnock awarded New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility Cornerstone Award and Business NH Magazine Lean & Green Award
Monadnock Non-Wovens starts installation of fourth meltblown machine and major factory expansion
Monadnock becomes State of NH Green Leader, receives commendation from Governor for commitment to renewable energy
Monadnock Non-Wovens extends range of surgical face mask media to support global efforts to control Swine Flu and H1N1 Flu
Monadnock becomes EPA SmartWay Transport Partner
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
Monadnock creates Envi Card Stock – a fiber-based alternative to PVC gift cards
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
Monadnock receives Environmental Business Council of New England John A.S. McGlennon Environmental-Energy Award for Corporate Leadership
Monadnock receives Manufacturing Leadership “Sustainability Leadership Award” for Envi Card Innovation
Monadnock Publishes the fourth edition of it’s renown Field Guide for Eco-Friendly, Efficient and Effective Print.
Monadnock Awarded the 2017 FSC Leadership Award for its commitment to responsible forestry.
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Pounds of solid waste
BTUs of energy
Pounds of wood saved
Net pounds of GHG CO2
Gallons of wastewater
Pounds of carbon emissions
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