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History

For more than 150 years, we have remained committed to enriching lives through continuous innovation.

From the purchase of our first mill in 1864 to multiple facility expansions, strategic acquisitions and industry innovations, Glatfelter has emerged as a global leader in the manufacturing of engineered materials.

Throughout these decades of growth and evolution, our Core Values have remained unchanged: integrity, mutual respect, financial discipline, customer focus, and environmental stewardship and social responsibility. They are the center of our culture, and the key to our sustainability.

As our world continues to evolve, so will Glatfelter. In the words of Dante Parrini, Chairman & CEO, “We are committed to advancing our efforts and our thinking in the pursuit of building a best-in-class, sustainable business.”

See how we’ve grown and changed over the years.

2020

Global Headquarters

Glatfelter announces it will relocate its Global Headquarters to Charlotte, North Carolina.

2018

Airlaid Expansion

Glatfelter opens a new $90 million state-of-the-art airlaid facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas, expanding its airlaid capacity by 20 percent. Glatfelter also acquires Georgia-Pacific’s Steinfurt, Germany nonwovens business.

2018

Divestiture of Specialty Papers

In October 2018, Glatfelter completes the sale of the Specialty Papers business unit. The divestiture is a significant milestone in the Company’s strategic transformation to become a leading global engineered materials company.

2014

Abaca Fiber Expansion

Glatfelter opens an abaca harvesting and processing operation in Costa Rica.

2013

Wallcover

Glatfelter acquires Dresden Papier GmbH from Fortress Paper Ltd., becoming a leading global supplier of nonwoven wallcover base materials.

2010

Airlaid

Acquisitions in Gatineau, Canada and Falkenhagen, Germany established Glatfelter as a leading global manufacturer of airlaid products for the personal care and hygiene segments.

2007

Metallized

Glatfelter acquires the Caerphilly, UK mill from Metallised Products Limited, making Glatfelter a leading supplier of metallized papers for labeling and packaging.

2006

Wetlaid Expansion

Glatfelter acquires the production facility at Lydney, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom from J.R. Crompton Ltd.

1998

Wetlaid

Glatfelter acquires Schoeller & Hoesch GmbH in Gernsbach, Germany, which begins Glatfelter’s transformation into a global leader in wetlaid nonwoven filtration materials.

1998

NYSE

Glatfelter moves from AMEX to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol GLT.

1983

Stock Listed

Glatfelter is listed on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX).

1977

Water Conservation

The Audubon Society honors Glatfelter with an environmental achievement citation for the company’s pioneering efforts in process water conversion.

1963

Dam Construction

After a bad drought, Glatfelter provides the community and its facilities with a more reliable supply of clean water. Glatfelter and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania construct the P.H. Glatfelter dam, which leads to the creation of Codorus State Park.

1955

Glatfelter Goes Public

Glatfelter issues its first Initial Pubic Offering (IPO) to fund a $12.5-million sustainability project that includes the expansion of the Spring Grove, Pennsylvania mill, and a project to supply the community with over a billion gallons of water.

1930’s

Reforestation

Glatfelter establishes the first sustainably managed tree farms in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and implements a statewide reforestation program.

1922

World Leader in Technology

Glatfelter installs a new fourdrinier paper machine which is capable of making rolls of fine paper up to 170 inches wide. This giant paper machine, designed by Glatfelter engineers and housed in a new building, was the world’s largest fourdrinier, and first to have an easily replaceable wire belt.

1906

Incorporation

P.H. Glatfelter Company, Inc. appoints one of the country’s first industrial foresters to help Glatfelter educate farmers in the practice of sustainable forestry.

1880’s

Fine Paper

Glatfelter is an early adopter of a new chemical method called the soda process, which enabled high-quality paper to be made from wood fibers. In 1881 Glatfelter builds a giant soda-process mill. With its new pulp-processing method, the company in 1892 was able to make one of its most important changes – the suspension of newsprint production and the subsequent focus on high-quality paper for books, lithographs, and business forms.

1864

Where it All Started

On December 23, 1863, Philip H. Glatfelter I purchases the Hauer Paper Mill in what is now Spring Grove, Pennsylvania for $14,000. The Spring Forge Mill begins operations in July 1864.