Background

Appleton Coated is a manufacturer and distributor of coated, uncoated, specialty and technical papers sold under the Ethos™, Utopia®, and other brand names. The company’s products are used in high-end commercial printing, textbook publishing, label papers, transactional printing and a variety of specialty and custom applications. Selling through a chain of highly respected paper distributors, the company serves corporations, publishers, printers, converters, and graphic designers in North America.

On December 19, 2014, Appleton Coated was purchased by Virtus Holdings, LLC, a new company formed by members of Appleton Coated’s management team. Virtus Holdings purchased the company from a subsidiary of Sequana SA, which had been the company’s ultimate parent. The company will continue to operate under the name Appleton Coated LLC.

Appleton Coated entered the North American coated freesheet market in 1996 with the introduction of its Utopia® brand and is currently the fourth-largest producer in that market. The company distinguishes itself in the coated freesheet market through focus on the premium end, superior service and flexibility, and leadership in environmental papers and coated papers for high-speed inkjet web printing technology. In recent years, the company has become known as an innovator in collaborative product development and partnerships, and has diversified into several uncoated, specialty and technical product segments. We take pride in our customer-driven organization that offers accessibilityand flexibilityto meet the demands of today's fast-paced, ever-changing market.

Appleton Coated’s corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility are located in Combined Locks, Wisconsin. The manufacturing facility has an annual production capacity of 400,000 tons on three paper machines, and an adjacent coating and finishing complex with processing capacity of 280,000 tons. The company employs about 570 workers, including approximately 400 employees represented by the USW Local 2-144.