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Potsdam Specialty Paper Inc

Potsdam Specialty Paper Inc., located in St. Lawrence County has been manufacturing out of the same building since 1892. They have come to be recognized as a worldwide leader in researching, developing, and manufacturing specialty latex, acrylic, and other saturated base papers. Their products are shipped globally, with distributors in North America, Europe, Mexico, and China.

Historical St. Lawrence

Potsdam Specialty Paper Inc. has a long history in St. Lawrence County. Their plant’s location allows them to harness the Raquette River to power their paper mill. The county’s many colleges also offer a great resource to fill their workforce needs. The company regularly recruits from local universities such as SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, Clarkson and St. Lawrence University. Of their 75 current employees, the majority were hired locally.

We have been manufacturing since 1892 and we’ve been here in St. Lawrence County the whole time.

Kristen Basford, Environmental Quality and Security Manager for Potsdam Specialty Paper

Why has Potsdam Specialty Paper Inc. stayed in St. Lawrence County?

Financial resources in the County, such as the St. Lawrence IDA, have enabled Potsdam Specialty Paper Inc. to receive loans and financing to help grow their business. With additional machinery, such as a new coater line, Potsdam Specialty Paper Inc. transitioned to a 24/7 operation, aiming to hire more people from the county to build the business further!

I think St. Lawrence County is a great place to have a family and still have a business. At Potsdam Specialty Paper we are viewed as a family.

Kristen Basford, Environmental Quality and Security Manager for Potsdam Specialty Paper

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