Mohawk announces new multi-million-dollar envelope manufacturing facility

Mohawk, North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing, has announced plans to operate a new state-of-the-art envelope manufacturing facility in the town of South Hadley, Massachusetts to better serve its existing clients, including those in Canada. Mohawk entered into a seven-year lease agreement on the 112,342-square-foot facility January 1. Pending successful completion of the ongoing lease negotiation, construction is scheduled to begin this month, and the facility is expected to be fully operational by the end of April.

Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Mohawk Fine Papers.
Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Mohawk Fine Papers.

“Our plan to create a new envelope converting facility in South Hadley, Massachusetts represents our commitment to further growth of Mohawk’s envelope business,” said Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Mohawk. “Since January of this year, we have committed to investments of nearly $5 million in new envelope converting equipment and facility upgrades, and the creation of 100 new jobs for skilled envelope workers. Our envelope business is vibrant, rapidly growing, and we are uniquely positioned to serve our customers with fast delivery, exceptional integrity, and the highest quality envelopes available in the industry,” he added.

Mohawk will invest up to $2 million to retrofit the facility, including upgrades to electrical systems, installation of air and vacuum lines, and the purchase and installation of envelope converting and manufacturing equipment. Mohawk expects to produce over 500 million envelopes annually at the new facility. The site will also feature warehouse space to service the company’s customers along the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic regions, as well as its overseas businesses. Approximately 40 new employees will be hired and the facility will operate five days a week, with three shifts per day. Mohawk also owns and operates a one-million-square-foot, state-of-the-art paper and envelope converting facility in Ashtabula, Ohio, which produces 1.5 billion envelopes a year.

Mohawk is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business based in Cohoes, New York, with global sales and operations located throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.