The Rothschild Mill: A History of Service

Since 1909, the Rothschild Mill has played an integral role in philanthropic efforts throughout the community of Rothschild and surrounding areas. The mill has contributed both product and support to a wide variety of projects and events benefitting the quality of life in the community, strengthening educational and training opportunities, and increasing public understanding of issues relevant to the industry. No matter what corporate name the mill has operated under, available resources have gone to support programs that cultivate growing minds and promote a sustainable community.

Education is one of the main areas of focus. The Rothschild Mill has provided a number of scholarships to allow people, young and old, to acquire knowledge. Product and funds have been provided to support a wide variety of educational and sporting activities in all the local school districts. Each year, a classroom is sponsored to attend Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River. This is an accredited specialty school focusing on natural resource topics, and offers environmental education to students, teachers and adults in the heart of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Employees of the Rothschild Mill also donate their time to Junior Achievement (JA), a program that helps prepare students for the world of commerce through sharing first-hand knowledge and experiences from the “real” world.

Other projects the Rothschild Mill supports include Festival of Trees, The Relay for Life, and Fill a Backpack-Fill a Need. Locally, the mill participates in Ton of Food, in which a truckload of clothing and food items are collected for donation to United Way affiliate The Neighbor’s Place, an organization providing help to those in need.

The environment is also an area of focus for the Rothschild Mill, as indicated by its treatment of all leachate (liquid generated from decomposition of landfill materials and precipitation) from county landfills through its waste water treatment plant. The fact this is done by the mill at no cost results in significant savings for Marathon County, WI. Additionally, each spring Rothschild Mill employees volunteer to take part in and provide leadership to students participating in the Wisconsin River Cleanup, an organization whose goal is removing debris from over 24 miles of the Wisconsin River. Finally, Rothschild Mill employees remain active in hunter’s safety classes and numerous other conservation projects helping to benefit the environment.

The leadership and employees of the Rothschild Mill are proud of their community involvement, and will continue working hard to make a difference for those in their area.