225,000 t/a capacity
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.
225,000 t/a capacity
Coated magazine papers (LWC)
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℠ 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.
All certificates can be found from UPM’s Certificate finder
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.
Travel with us into the forest and follow papermaking from the woods into the paper mill.
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UPM Communication Papers
PO Box 101749
Tel.+49 821 31090