Thursday, June 20, 2013

Gorham Appoints Commercial Paper Agents as Exlusive European Distributor

Targets International Growth of Specialty Packaging Papers

Gorham, New Hampshire, June 20, 2013 – Gorham Paper and Tissue announces the appointment of Commercial Paper Agents (CPA) as its exclusive distribution partner in Europe for its specialty packaging products.

Targeting European packaging converters and end users, CPA will focus on selling Optix™, a comprehensive line of specialty papers for food packaging engineered with grease resistance, wet strength and other functional properties.

“We are pleased to partner with Tom Radtke and the CPA team. They bring a tremendous amount of experience and insight about the needs of the European market,” said Brian McAlary, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Gorham. “The response to our packaging papers domestically has been phenomenal. With the guidance of CPA, we anticipate the same reception in Europe.”

CPA was recently launched by paper industry veteran, Tom Radtke. Headquartered in Dresden, Germany, CPA is centrally located to service Central, Eastern and Western Europe. The CPA team has a network of highly trained technical and sales professionals in place targeting markets that require specialty papers.

“With decades of experience, we know the packaging segment. Given the recent market dynamics, our customers are looking for new sources of high quality technical papers,” added Tom Radtke. “We look forward to introducing the Gorham products to customers in Europe.”

Optix is offered in bleached and natural options in 30 – 90 g/m2 (18-55 lb., 24 x 36/500) with grease resistance and wet strength. The line is ideal for a range of Quick Serve Restaurant (QSR) and other food packaging including wraps, pouches, bags and liners. Gorham also makes various bases used for waxing, coatings and laminations. All products are FDA compliant for direct and indirect food contact and meet ISEGA and BRC/IoP standards. SFI, FSC and PEFC chain-of-custody fiber certification is available upon request.

About Gorham Paper and Tissue
Gorham targets niche technical markets with broad portfolio of custom-engineered products including high-quality Specialty Packaging, Converting, Engineered and Printing Papers, Tissue and Towel. Using scale and leanness as an advantage, the company challenges industry convention in the areas of manufacturing flexibility, product development lead times and its go-to-market strategy.

In May 2011, the Gorham facility was acquired with support from investment funds managed by Patriarch Partners, LLC (Patriarch). Patriarch is a private equity firm and holding company managing 75 companies across 14 industry sectors with revenues in excess of $8 billion. Founded by Lynn Tilton in 2000, Patriarch focuses on the acquisition and invigoration of undervalued iconic American brands where time, capital and sound strategy can rescue a business and restore its value, creating and preserving jobs in America.

About CPA:
CPA is committed to providing converters and end users with a full spectrum of specialty papers from reliable, high quality sources; responsive technical support; product innovation through mill relationships; and supply chain management for raw materials throughout Europe. With decades of global experience, CPA delivers customers unprecedented market knowledge combined with a level of personalized service unmatched in the industry. The CPA technical team will work with mill partners to develop new paper grades that target specific technical applications and meet daily demands in various markets.

Pam Miller
Director of Marketing
Gorham Paper & Tissue
72 Cascade Flats
Gorham, NH 03581