UPM Blandin

UPM Blandin is located in Grand Rapids in Minnesota, USA, some 150 miles from Minneapolis/Saint Paul. The mill was founded in 1901 and is one of North America's leading producers of high-quality lightweight coated magazine and catalog printing papers.

 
 
 
 

Grand Rapids

Minnesota, USA

240 employees

225,000 t/a capacity

Product types

Coated magazine papers (LWC)

 

 
 

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Mill technology & Sustainability

52 %
Solids to treatment plant reduction since 2009
81 %
Certified fiber
45 %
Wastewater reduction since 2009
 

 

Strategic Partnerships

The Blandin Sustainability Team has utilized strategic partnerships with the Grand Rapids Public Utility Commission and Minnesota Power to make energy and water improvements.  Over the past 10 years Blandin has taken several systemic actions - including process and equipment changes and workplace training.  This has resulted in a 52% reduction in total solids and 45% reduction in total wastewater sent to the treatment plant.  In addition, a 26% reduction in fossil CO2 emissions has been achieved at the Blandin/Minnesota Power Rapids Energy Center site over the last nine years.

 

 

Smart Forestry℠

Smart Forestry℠ is our unique forest management system that follows nature’s clues as a guide to match tree and plant species with the right habitat over the life cycle of the forest. UPM Blandin developed the Smart Forestry℠ method of using plant communities and ecological principles as a basis for silvi­culture practices and maintaining biodiversity. The aim is to grow the optimum quality and value forest by promoting trees that grow best in each plant community type. ​

UPM also applies a 'life cycle' concept, starting with initial establishment of young trees, survival checking, pre-commercial spacing, several commercial thinnings and regeneration harvests. Valuable habitats are identified and recorded as part of stan­dard operational planning. Forest certification is nearly universal in Minnesota. All UPM land in Minnesota is SFI® certified. 

 

Certifications

  • FSC® and PEFC™ Chain of Custody
  • Environmental Management System ISO14001
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management System OHSAS18001
  • Quality Management System ISO9001

All certificates can be found from UPM’s Certificate finder 

 
 
 
 

Blandin Forestry

UPM Blandin Forestry in the USA is responsible for supplying the UPM Blandin paper mill with the timber it requires and for sustainable management of the forests owned by UPM in the USA. The forestry unit is based at the mill in the town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. UPM owns and manages 187,876 acres of forest land making it one of the largest private owners in Minnesota.

Blandin Forestry

 

 
 

Contact us

UPM Blandin paper mill
115 SW First Street
Grand Rapids,
MN 55744-3699
USA

tel: +1 218 327 6200

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UPM Paper Terms and Conditions, North America

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Map of the Blandin Site

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