Powering the Future

Glatfelter invests US$113 million in Spring Grove and Chillicothe operations.

Glatfelter is celebrating the completion of its largest environmental protection endeavor to date: a US$113 million upgrade to the boiler systems in Spring Grove and Chillicothe.

In the past, the company used readily available, affordable coal to power manufacturing operations at the two locations. Now, through careful stewardship and cooperation with regulatory guidelines, all coal boilers have been replaced or retrofitted with cleaner burning natural gas systems. Improvements were also made to air emission control systems.

“We’re investing in the future of our business and communities while protecting the resources we all depend on,” says Kathy Wiedeman, director of environmental, health, and safety for Glatfelter’s Specialty Papers Business Unit (SPBU).

Wiedeman notes that the boiler upgrades ensure compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations, which are referred to as “Best Available Retrofit Technology” (BART) and “Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology” (MACT).

In addition to meeting regulatory guidelines, the state-of-the-art boiler systems dramatically reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency. The improvements are expected to reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions by 90 percent and greenhouse gasses by 50 – 60 percent.

Glatfelter is committed to ongoing environmental and economic sustainability. As a result of this complex, multi-year project, Spring Grove and Chillicothe operations—including the 1,900 Glatfelter PEOPLE within the SPBU who run them—are better positioned for long-term success.