In Ancient Greek folklore, a Phoenix is a long-lived bird that obtains new life from the ashes of its predecessor in a blaze of fire. Phoenix Paper has been re-born from the remnants of the Wickliffe Paper Mill, which was once a state-of-the-art mill built in 1969 where the Ohio and Mississippi rivers unite. It was fondly known for many years as a high-quality provider of paper products. The Wickliffe Mill went through various owners and closed in 2016, in a lesser state than its proud history. It was thought by many to be a permanent closure.
The Wickliffe Mill was reborn in September 2018 as Phoenix Paper Wickliffe, LLC, which has invested over $100M into the site. New life was breathed into the local community and it is once again providing employment for the families who reside nearby, some who are 3rd and 4th generation paper makers. The Phoenix Paper mill is producing paper that is in keeping with the heritage of manufacturing high quality products. Positioned for growth and creating additional opportunities, Phoenix Paper will continue to “spread its wings” to become the recognized leader in our industry.
Phoenix Paper Wickliffe LLC, is a subsidiary of Shanying International – a leading global pulp & paper company. Shanying is one of the largest industrial paper-making enterprises and extra-large packaging board manufacturers in China. Phoenix Paper is the first U.S. mill purchased by Shanying in September of 2018. Once fully optimized, the mill will produce approximately 300,000 tons of product per year.
Shanying has established subsidiaries in multiple Providences in China. It has companies in the USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, Australia, and Hong Kong. Shanying has an annual yield of 3,050,000 tons of paper and over 10 billion ft2 cardboard and paper carton, ranking it among the top within the industry.
Phoenix Paper is proud to be Shanying’s first paper mill in the United States, and we are excited to join the people of Kentucky and Ballard County in restarting the Wickliffe mill!
Coming soon in 2021 – The Wickliffe, KY mill will expand to include a new recycling facility! Our $200 million investment is projected to take approximately 18 months to build and once completed, will process recycled paper – creating an additional 150 jobs.