Domtar Employees in Nekoosa and Rothschild are a Crucial Tie to Their Communities

As one of the largest employers in central Wisconsin, Domtar has about 850 direct connections to the two communities where its active local mills are located. In fact, the largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America’s Nekoosa and Rothschild mills affect hundreds of local jobs – everything from support businesses and nonprofit organizations to suppliers and customers.

Presently, the ongoing project between with Wisconsin-based energy provider We Energies and Domtar’s Rothschild Mill serves as one of the company’s most vital local connections. The partnership between the two companies will result in the construction of a 50-megawatt biomass-fueled power plant at the Rothschild Mill and virtually eliminate the use of fossil fuels by the facility. Construction of the $255 million biomass power plant is moving forward, expected to help create 400 construction jobs, as well as 150 permanent jobs in logging, transportation, biomass supply chain, and plant operation.

Domtar continues to work closely with other the area businesses too, such as those that provide raw materials for papermaking – including wood, chemicals and the energy needed to combine these materials. This is a vital connection, as up to 100 railroad cars a month supply a mill with materials, which the company attempts to purchase as locally as possible. In fact, more than 7,000 trucks leave the Nekoosa mill each year with finished products that are delivered by mainly local carriers throughout North America.

Domtar’s community involvement, however, goes beyond efforts focused on the mills themselves. In order to benefit the communities in which they live, company employees partake in multiple volunteer opportunities and support a host of charitable causes. Many also serve on Boards of Directors for local nonprofits, including the United Way and the Chambers of Commerce. “The United Way and Domtar as a company and the employees have had a longstanding relationship through our workforce campaign as well as through volunteerism,” said United Way CEO Tari Jahns. “It’s really great for us to have supportive companies like Domtar.”