Finch Paper Names Alexander Rotolo President of Finch Waste Co

Finch Expands Leadership Team to
Grow Its New, Strategic Platform Business

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – August 4, 2016 - Finch Paper Holdings LLC, a leading vertically integrated high-bright uncoated freesheet paper manufacturer, today announced the appointment of Alexander Rotolo as Business Unit President of Finch Waste Co and Vice President of Corporate Development for Finch Paper.  Mr. Rotolo will be responsible for leading the strategy and execution of Finch Waste Co’s growth initiatives and will report to Finch Paper Holdings Chief Executive Officer, Debabrata Mukherjee.

“Alex’s track record of developing, leading and executing key strategic initiatives for Finch Paper was integral to maintaining Finch Paper’s status as one of the most sustainable manufacturers of high-quality uncoated freesheet paper in North America.  As a testament to Finch’s ability to creatively drive value, our newly launched solid waste business is undergoing tremendous growth and is poised for significant development under Alex’s leadership,” said Dr. Mukherjee.

Finch Waste Co operates a solid waste disposal facility in the Town of Northumberland, New York, acquired in partnership with Saratoga County in 2014.  This acquisition expanded Finch’s capabilities as Finch has responsibly owned and operated paper residual disposal facilities in New York for decades.  In addition to handling paper residuals, Finch Waste Co accepts residential and commercial waste from communities across New York and New England.

Mr. Rotolo brings ten years of experience in finance and operations to his new role.  Most recently, he served as Finch Paper’s Director of Corporate Development.   In this position, he was responsible for strategic projects and acquisitions including overseeing the modernization of Finch’s Woodyard operations which significantly improved the integrated paper mill’s cost structure. The Woodyard investment had a wide-reaching positive impact on the Northeast forest economy.

Prior to joining Finch, Mr. Rotolo worked with the company’s majority owner, Atlas Holdings, as a member of its Field Analyst Program.  This program embeds talented emerging leaders at portfolio businesses, allowing them to support the senior leadership team in developing and executing upon value creation initiatives. 

Mr. Rotolo received his Bachelors Degree in Biological Sciences and Economics from Connecticut College.

About Finch Waste Co

Finch Waste Co LLC, a business unit of Finch Paper Holdings LLC, is a waste management facility that accepts municipal solid waste (MSW) and construction & demolition (C&D) materials. Built by Saratoga County and purchased by Finch in 2014, this centrally located facility is ideal for businesses and communities in New York and New England.

About Finch Paper

Finch Paper is one of the largest privately-owned pulp and paper companies in the United States. Finch Paper specializes in uncoated papers and offers customer-tailored substrates for digital and conventional print applications. Finch’s promise is simple: affordable products, made with environmental integrity and delivered with the type of personal service customers remember and respect.

 

Finch Paper Debuts revolutionary Market-Optimized Solutions at 2016 Inkjet Summit

Glens Falls, NY – April 12, 2016 – As the inaugural keynote sponsor, Finch Paper has believed in the Inkjet Summit from its inception and will debut its latest inkjet substrate, Mailstream One,  during this year’s conference. Finch’s unique Inkjet Portfolio is optimized for each of the major print segments: direct mail, books, and transactional printing. Finch’s market-segment approach aligns with inkjet business’ needs--and contrasts with the “one size fits all” phenomenon in legacy paper markets. “Finch Paper has garnered valuable insight from Inkjet Summit executives,” said Greg Maio, vice president of sales and marketing. “Finch’s product design and marketing expertise makes it easier for inkjet printers to optimize their own systems.”

Finch sets itself apart by providing domestic product and service solutions to help printers capitalize on their inkjet investments. Finch’s comprehensive inkjet portfolio (link to website) features innovative opacity along with proprietary surface treatments for dye-based and pigment inkjet web systems.  Beyond maximizing ink density and dry time, Finch Paper has designed inkjet products with features best suited for the specific market application: 

·         Commercial Printing: Finch Inkjet Pi

·         Direct Mail: Finch Mailstream

·         Transactional: Finch Mailstream

·         Books:  Finch Smartbook Jet

The Finch Mailstream family includes Finch Mailstream DS, Mailstream XP96 and Mailstream XP92 in an expansive range of 40 lb. text to 9 pt. reply. “Finch Mailstream One a premium, treated sheet boasting higher ink densities for dye-based transactional applications” noted Greg Maio. “While market disruptions are expected to continue, Finch is expanding our position as a sustainable, supply chain partner.”

 

About Finch Paper
Finch Paper LLC is a leading, privately-owned and vertically integrated paper manufacturer specializing in high-bright, uncoated papers for North American printing and converting markets. Using advanced manufacturing systems, Finch produces a broad portfolio of opaque, text and cover and digital papers for multi-press environments, including recognized brands such as Finch Fine®, Finch Opaque, Finch ThruPut Wove and Finch Inkjet Pi.

Finch Paper was the first integrated paper manufacturer in the United States to receive both the Forest Management and Chain-of-Custody certifications from the Forest Stewardship Council® and Sustainable Forestry Initiative®. Finch is one of only a few paper companies that continues to manage forests. Finch papers are made using two-thirds renewable energy produced by on-site hydroelectric and cogeneration facilities and has been a responsible, sustainable New York State manufacturer for more than a century. To learn more, visit www.finchpaper.com.

Finch Paper and New Leaf Paper Announce Strategic Partnership for Leading Recycled Uncoated Paper

Contact:
Beth Povie
Marketing and Communications Director

(518) 793-2541; ext. 5482

Finch Paper becomes the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of 100% PCW recycled New Leaf Ingenuity.

Glens Falls, NY – February 15, 2016 – New Leaf Paper signed a partnership agreement with Finch Paper to manufacture and distribute New Leaf Ingenuity, its market-leading 100% PCW recycled uncoated paper. According to New Leaf founder, Jeff Mendelsohn, “by streamlining the supply chain with Finch, our customers will gain improved availability and service, enabling us to best support the rapid growth in demand.”  

New Leaf Paper markets commercial printing papers that carry the highest-level of environmental certifications. Founded in 1998, New Leaf Paper has built a market for 100% recycled papers among corporations, universities and other institutions wishing to showcase their environmental stewardship. “Ingenuity and Ingenuity Digital are receiving top marks from our design and print customers across the country,” said Jeff Mendelsohn, New Leaf Paper Founder and Chair.

As a recognized environmental steward, Finch Paper produces a broad range of value-driven uncoated printing and converting papers including New Leaf Ingenuity made with 100% pcw fiber. “We co-developed this remarkable printing grade with New Leaf in 2014 and are pleased to offer easy and affordable access through our distribution partners” said Greg Maio, Finch Paper Vice President Sales and Marketing. Effective February 22, 2016, all sales orders for New Leaf Ingenuity will be handled directly with Finch Paper and its distributors.

New Leaf Ingenuity is a premium uncoated printing grade featuring 100% post-consumer fiber, 96-brightness and an outstanding print surface with high ink holdout for vivid colors and detail. With a complementary Digital line, New Leaf Ingenuity is stocked and sold by Finch Paper in a full-line of 60 lb. text to 130 lb. double-thick cover. New Leaf Ingenuity carries the FSC® Recycled label, is Green-e certified, and made process chlorine free.   
 

About Finch Paper
Finch Paper LLC is a leading, privately-owned and vertically integrated paper manufacturer specializing in high-bright, uncoated papers for North American printing and converting markets. Using advanced manufacturing systems, Finch produces a broad portfolio of opaque, text and cover and digital papers for multi-press environments, including recognized brands such as Finch Fine®, Finch Opaque, Finch ThruPut Wove and Finch Inkjet Pi.

Finch Paper was the first integrated paper manufacturer in the United States to receive both the Forest Management and Chain-of-Custody certifications from the Forest Stewardship Council® and Sustainable Forestry Initiative®. Finch is one of only a few paper companies that continues to manage forests. Finch papers are made using two-thirds renewable energy produced by on-site hydroelectric and cogeneration facilities and has been a responsible, sustainable New York State manufacturer for more than a century. To learn more, visit www.finchpaper.com.

Finch Paper, visit www.finchpaper.com, call (800) 833-9983 or contact your local Finch Paper merchant.

About New Leaf Paper

Jeff Mendelsohn founded New Leaf Paper in 1998 with the mission of leading a shift toward sustainability in the paper industry. The company developed a unique approach to business, embedding its social and environmental values into every product line and every business relationship.

New Leaf Paper's innovative strategy solved the classic "chicken or the egg" dilemma between the supply side and demand side of the paper industry which had previously inhibited change. Leveraging a collaborative business model and the strength of the company's mission, New Leaf Paper achieved an unrivaled track record of leading product innovation and developed the market for truly environmentally responsible papers in North America.

New Leaf Paper was first to market with 100% post-consumer papers of unparalleled brightness and printing specifications, including the first-ever 100% post-consumer recycled coated papers, book publishing papers and more. Its product innovation and market success has caused major paper manufacturers to take notice and to enhance the environmental design of their products -- indirectly widening New Leaf Paper's environmental impact. Thus, the company's business activity both generates immediate environmental benefits and serves the company's greater mission by pioneering markets and shifting the behavior of its competitors.

New Leaf Paper also led the paper industry in quantifying the benefits of using post-consumer recycled fiber, with the New Leaf Paper Eco Audit. From 1998 through 2009, New Leaf Paper saved the following resources by manufacturing paper using post-consumer recycled fiber instead of virgin fiber.

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FINCH PAPER ANNOUNCES THREE INKJET PRODUCT FAMILIES DESIGNED FOR BOOK, DIRECT MAIL AND TRANSACTIONAL MARKETS

Finch Optimizes Inkjet Papers for Each Segment, With a Committed Focus on Tailored Solutions and Customer Satisfaction

Finch Paper has debuted Finch Smartbook Jet and Finch Mailstream for precision printing on production inkjet systems, making the announcement in concert with the company’s 150-year anniversary and long-standing commitment to the printing paper market.

Finch Smartbook Jet and Finch Mailstream expand the company’s digital line that already includes highly acclaimed Finch Fine iD and Finch Inkjet Pi substrates. “As technology evolves, Finch continues to invest where we can add value to our clients,” says Finch Vice President of Sales and Marketing Greg Maio. “We are the ideal partner for multi-press printing environments that need tailored product and/or service solutions to help them succeed.”

The Finch Smartbook Revolution
Paper manufacturers have been challenged with drying issues associated with lighter basis weights in the burgeoning on-demand book segment. Finch has solved the issue with a specially engineered paper formulation including a surface treatment to maximize ink density and absorption, resulting in instantaneous drying on its Smartbook Jet 606 PPI (50 lb. text), 750 PPI (45 lb. text) and 830 PPI (41 lb. text) grades.

The high pages-per-inch (PPI) achievement coupled with outstanding opacity and NASTA compliance makes Finch Smartbook Jet the ultimate uncoated paper solution. The silky smooth surface of Finch Smartbook Jet provides brilliant full-color images textbook publishers seek. Finch Smartbook Jet is engineered for pigment ink systems on Canon Colorstream, HP T-series, Kodak Prosper, Ricoh Infoprint and Screen TrueJet production inkjet presses.

Finch Mailstream Is a First-Class Product Portfolio for Transactional and Direct Mail
Finch is committed to developing new product solutions as technology evolves. Collaborating with leading-edge customers and inkjet press manufacturers, Finch Paper designed a portfolio of products specifically for transactional and direct-mail printers to improve response rates with lower total costs of operation. The Finch Mailstream includes the following:

Finch Mailstream DS (dual system) is a treated inkjet product optimized for both dye-based and pigment systems. Offered in 20 lb./74 gsm to 9 pt. reply/209 gsm, Finch Mailstream DS features a premium blue-white shade to accentuate color “pop,” and sets a new standard for duplex printing. The 20-lb. bond has a remarkable 95 opacity.

Finch Mailstream XP96 is surface enhanced to optimize inkjet and laser production environments. This cross-platform (XP) substrate boasts a 96-bright blue-white shade ideal for color logos and graphics.

Finch Mailstream XP92 also is surface enhanced for increased productivity and print fidelity. This cross-platform (XP) 92-bright white substrate is universally compatible to enhance graphics with minimal show-through.

The Finch Mailstream family of products feature:

  • Highest available opacity
  • Clean perfing, punching and inserting
  • Guaranteed paper performance in MICR applications
  • Broad range of basis weights including 7 pt. and 9 pt. reply card
  • 10% and 30% post-consumer waste (PCW) fiber options
  • Qualification on Canon, Kodak, HP, Ricoh and Screen inkjet presses
  • Finch MOCR Laser is an untreated, 92-bright choice that rounds out the offering for the transactional segment. Finch MOCR Laser is available in 20 lb., 24 lb. and 28 lb., with fast, flexible service in the Eastern markets.

Finch Inkjet Pi Dominates Direct Mail/Commercial Print Inkjet Applications
Finch Inkjet Pi is treated for pigment inks (PI) and is well-suited for “house sheet” status at direct mailers and commercial printers. Finch Inkjet Pi features a wide range of basis weights – 45 lb. text to 130 lb. text/9 pt. reply – and a 96-bright, balanced Alpine White shade.

Most commercial inkjet presses that incorporate pigment inks are best matched with Finch Inkjet Pi. These include but are not limited to Canon ColorStream, HP T-series and Kodak Prosper. Finch Inkjet Pi does not require the use of bonding agents.

Finch Digital Web XP is an untreated complement to Finch’s Inkjet Pi. Finch Digital Web XP is engineered for offset, laser and inkjet web printing, and is suitable for all downstream finishing applications. Its 96-bright smooth printing surface is a step up from standard offsets, making a better impression for increased response rates.

Maio says, “Finch is proud to continue to serve the needs of the expanding digital printing marketplace. Our R&D team has produced a superior uncoated portfolio, giving printers the ability to deliver better color with lower total costs for print-on-demand books, transpromo printing and direct mail.”

Availability
Finch Smartbook Jet, Finch Mailstream DS, Finch Mailstream XP and Finch Inkjet Pi are commercially available in a variety of roll sizes to fit specific application and print engine needs. Finch’s inkjet grades also are available with up to 30% post-consumer recycled fiber and FSC® certification.

To learn more, please call (800) 833-9983 or visit www.finchpaper.com.

Finch Paper To Invest Over $20mm in Uncoated Paper Facility

Finch Paper receives an economic development grant from New York State that will strengthen the company’s competitive position in uncoated freesheet paper

Glens Falls, NY   December 11, 2014— Finch Paper LLC, manufacturer of uncoated papers including flagship Finch Opaque and Finch Fine®, has announced a plan to invest $20 million in its Glens Falls, NY, manufacturing campus. An important component of the plan includes funding from public-private partnerships, as awarded today by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo upon the recommendation of the state’s Capital Region Economic Development Council (REDC).

 

Finch Paper LLC is a leading Opaque paper manufacturer, whose investment strategy is designed to increase its reliability and flexibility in the paper markets it serves while sustaining and growing vital manufacturing jobs in the Capital District and Adirondack region of New York State.

During a time of rapid change in the industry, Finch Paper is planning to invest in these critical areas: its wood processing and converting operations, its pulp mill, and the company’s largest paper machine. State-of-the-art equipment and asset upgrades in the company’s woodyard operation will have many benefits including improvements in safety, chip quality and fiber yield. The new equipment will use much less fuel and electricity and is expected to stimulate additional investments among Finch’s wood suppliers.

Finch Paper will also upgrade the pulp mill’s distributive control system. Finch operates one of only two ammonia based bi-sulphite (ABBS) pulp mills in the country which produces an exceptionally high-bright pulp while minimizing odors at its downtown location.

Today’s announcement by New York’s Capital District REDC was also the critical component needed to engineer, build and install a new headbox on Finch’s largest paper machine. This major investment secures the company’s competitive position, improving both quality and efficiency while lowering the cost structure. “Finch and New York State have the ability to compete on a global scale,” Finch Paper President & CEO Debabrata Mukherjee said. “This investment is a celebration of our 150-year anniversary and will ignite the commitment we need to win for the next 150 years.”

Finch Paper is making additional investment in energy efficiency. Collaborating with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Finch’s goal is to make further reductions in gas and electric consumption and the company’s corresponding carbon footprint. Finch Paper produces two-thirds of its energy needs through on-site renewable resources with the balance coming from natural gas. Already Boiler MACT compliant, Finch is in an ideal position to invest in continuous improvement projects and assets that add value to their business and their customers’ businesses.

About Finch Paper

Finch Paper LLC is a leading, privately-owned and vertically integrated paper manufacturer specializing in high-bright, uncoated papers for North American printing and converting markets. Using advanced manufacturing systems, Finch produces a broad portfolio of opaque, text and cover and digital papers for multi-press environments, including recognized brands such as Finch Fine®, Finch Opaque, Finch ThruPut Wove and Finch Inkjet Pi.

Finch Paper was the first integrated paper manufacturer in the United States to receive both the Forest Management and Chain-of-Custody certifications from the Forest Stewardship Council® and Sustainable Forestry Initiative®. Finch is one of only a few paper companies that continues to manage forests. Finch papers are made using two-thirds renewable energy produced by on-site hydroelectric and cogeneration facilities and has been a responsible, sustainable New York State manufacturer for more than a century. To learn more, visit www.finchpaper.com.