by Dave Haviland •
COSMOPOLIS, Wash., Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Cosmo Specialty Fibers marked the third anniversary of a reborn pulp mill in Cosmopolis, Washington. Dormant for about half a decade, the mill was purchased by the Gores Group LLC and restored to commercial production capability as Cosmo Specialty Fibers in only six months. Two hundred well-paying jobs were added to an area where unemployment is typically the highest in the state.
Initially, the 140,000 tons of production capacity was almost exclusively viscose pulp. However, Cosmo is currently transitioning over 35% of its capacity to various specialty grades in support of a diverse customer base around the world. The mill was originally designed to make specialty grade dissolving pulp, developing a global reputation for producing the highest-quality softwood acetate for major chemical customers worldwide.
“The qualification process to sell acetate is never easy, but our mill has an excellent legacy reputation for acetate production, and we were able to bring back former employees who had built that reputation for product quality and reliability. We also carried out international recruitment for added technical strength,” said Mike Entz, CEO of Cosmo Specialty Fibers. “I am really proud of what we have accomplished during the 3 years since we purchased the mill.”
by Dave Haviland •
COSMOPOLIS, Wash – Chain-of-custody certification has been awarded to Cosmo Specialty Fibers from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). “PEFC certification allows us to ensure to our customers that the wood fiber we use comes from sources using sustainable forestry practices” says Mike Entz, CEO.
PEFC is the world’s largest, third-party certification system and incorporates both CSA and SFI sustainable forest management systems in its certification process.
“We chose PEFC because they managed to gather a number of really good sustainable forestry standards under one umbrella. Because we sell our products into a global market, we wanted to be able to assure our customers that our own chain-of-custody fiber processes met a number of regional sustainable forestry standards that would be recognized in their own markets. PEFC certification allows us to do that.”