Total Fiber Recovery of Chesapeake (TFRC) has begun construction of its $80 million recycled pulp production plant in the city of Chesapeake, Virginia. This will be the first of several such pulp mills by Total Fiber Recovery. The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority authorized the issuance of $65 million in green bonds for the facility which was sold earlier this month to Alliance Bernstein.
TFRC is a joint venture between Oregon-based Total Fiber Recovery and Sweden’s CellMark Inc. The project will be supplied by CellMark’s recycled fiber division and all pulp produced will be marketed by CellMark’s pulp division. Bulk Handling Systems, a subsidiary of Total Fiber Recovery, supplies the equipment for the installation. Crowder Industrial Construction of Charlotte, North Carolina is the EPC.
“Total Fiber Recovery’s innovative operation will produce in-demand recycled fiber that will reduce our environmental footprint and position Chesapeake as a major player in this important industry,” Governor Youngkin said. “This project helps demonstrate that clean air, clean water and a strong economy don’t have to be mutually exclusive. We thank the company for investing in our Commonwealth, creating new jobs, and supporting Virginia’s conservation efforts.
TFR will begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2023 and will process up to 300,000 tonnes of mixed paper and old corrugated containers (OCC) annually from material recovery facilities (MRFs) in the region. The company will increase the region’s capacity to process recycled fiber and produce clean recycled pulp for consumption in paper mills. With domestic and international take-off agreements in place, pulp product created by TFR in Chesapeake will be transported to paper mills to become new products.
“We are thrilled that Total Fiber Recovery chose the city of Chesapeake for its first recycled pulp production plant because of the region’s workforce and global access through the Port of Virginia,” said Chesapeake Mayor Dr. Richard “Rick” W. West. “TFR’s pulp export revenues, in addition to the creation of 68 new jobs, will provide a positive economic boost to the City of Chesapeake and the Commonwealth. The opportunities this facility provides for new jobs, capital investments and environmental stewardship will pay off for years to come.We look forward to having TFRC in Virginia.
“The paper industry demands recycled pulp to make new products, and North America is home to some of the world’s most advanced MRFs producing high-quality recycled fiber,” said Steve Miller, CEO of Total Fiber. Recovery. “From consumers recycling at home to lawmakers and regulators developing creative waste management plans to MRF operators dedicated to sorting materials, Americans have shown that we care about recycling. All that’s missing here is the ability to achieve our goals, and that’s what TFR provides. We couldn’t be more excited to be part of the solution and start here in Chesapeake, and we thank the local leaders for helping us to achieve our vision. We are grateful for the support of Governor Youngkin, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Port of Virginia, Mayor West and the Chesapeake City Council.”
“We are excited about this exciting new opportunity to commercialize this rapidly growing pulp segment. The market welcomes new entrants and the Chesapeake project has all the essential elements to succeed: experienced partners, abundant recycled raw material, a sophisticated cleaning process, and excellent logistics,” said Doug Smith, President of CellMark’s Pulp Division.
“TFR is the latest example of Virginia’s expanding manufacturing base leveraging the Port of Virginia’s global reach,” said Steven Edwards, CEO and Executive Director of the Virginia Port Authority. “The manufacturing business sector is growing and we are working closely with its members to ensure they have effective access to global markets. To that end, the port is making significant investments in infrastructure to ensure cargo can move through our terminals safely, reliably, and We welcome the TFRC to Virginia and look forward to working with their team. .
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Chesapeake Department of Economic Development and the Port of Virginia to secure the project for Virginia.