Keeping up with North American Demand for Wipes

Advanced airlaid materials are… helping Glatfelter customers produce the most advanced, trustworthy, and innovative personal care products on the market today.

Moms and dads around the world appreciate Alexandre Gosselin and his team of Glatfelter PEOPLE in Canada. They just might not know it.

That’s because the advanced airlaid materials manufactured there are used to make baby wipes as well as other often-used (yet rarely discussed) personal care products in the feminine hygiene, adult incontinence, and home care industries.

The demand for disposable wipes and other products that absorb better, absorb faster, and retain fluids longer has kept Glatfelter’s airlaid facility in Gatineau, Canada, running at or over capacity for the past two years. In response, the company invested $80 million and will hire 70 – 80 workers at a new facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

“It’s the first time we’ve built something from scratch,” says Gosselin, noting that previous Glatfelter facilities, including the original operation in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, purchased in 1864, were acquired from other businesses. The new operation in Fort Smith, Arkansas, will make Glatfelter the largest producer of airlaid materials in the world when production begins in late 2017/early 2018.