Appleton creates product solutions through its development and use of coating formulations, coating applications and microencapsulation technology. The Company produces carbonless, thermal, security papers and Encapsys® microencapsulated products. Appleton was founded in 1907 on the site of its current headquarters in Appleton, Wisconsin. The company has manufacturing operations in Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania, employs approximately 2,000 people and is 100 percent employee owned.
We envision Appleton as the global leader in specialty papers. We have defined specific growth and revenue targets, and we strive for the number 1 or 2 position in every market. Every day, we get closer to achieving that vision. Our path to success? Four strategic operating platforms that drive everything we do: Customer Focused Quality, Operational Excellence, Growth, and People Development and Diversity.
Technical Papers Division Appleton is the world’s largest producer of carbonless paper and the only producer of the NCR PAPER* brand carbonless paper, a product Appleton helped introduce in 1954. Carbonless paper is used to make multipart business forms such as invoices and purchase orders.
Appleton is North America’s largest producer of direct thermal media and the segment’s original and leading innovator. Appleton offers a wide range of thermal papers and related substrates for the transaction and item identification markets --- and we do not use bisphenol A (BPA) to produce any of our products. Our thermal products are routinely used for point-of-sale receipts and coupons, entertainment and transportation tickets; lottery and gaming tickets; engineering, medical and industrial charts; tags for airline baggage and retail applications; and labels for shipping, warehousing, medical and clean room applications. Appleton’s security products developed from our carbonless check business which continues to offer products with basic security features that resist forgery, tampering and counterfeiting. From that foundation we are developing additional products that incorporate security technologies such as watermarks, taggants, embedded threads and fibers, and machine-readable technologies. We focus on developing products for checks, business and government documents.
As part of our technical papers business, we also produce coated products for specialty displays and other design and print applications. We offer custom coating solutions and the potential for strategic partnerships through our engineered manufacturing solutions program. That program focuses on our ability to apply barrier and/or printable coatings to substrates. Appleton sells its carbonless and thermal products into more than 70 countries. Encapsys® Appleton’s Encapsys® business unit applies Appleton’s extensive knowledge of the microencapsulation process in creative and collaborative ways to develop and deliver better products to our customers.
We sell carbonless sheet products to merchant distributors that stock and redistribute those products globally. We sell most of our carbonless roll products directly to printer and converter customers worldwide. We sell thermal paper directly to converters who cut and rewind large rolls into smaller rolls, print and otherwise further process the paper based on end-user needs. We sell our security products to merchants and to security printers who print checks, titles, certificates and other secure documents.
Appleton is headquartered in Appleton, Wis. We operate a pulp and paper mill at Roaring Spring, Pa.; a paper mill with recycling operations at West Carrollton, Ohio; a converting plant at Appleton, and a capsule plant at Portage, Wis.
We operate distribution centers in Appleton, Wis., Camp Hill, Pa., Hebron, Ky., Edwardsville, Kan., Portland, Ore., Ontario, Calif., McDonough, Ga., and Peterborough, Ontario, St. Helens, England, and Utrecht, Netherlands.
Our Company On November 9, 2001, Appleton's employees collectively invested $107 million of their retirement funds to provide the equity portion of an $810 million buyout of Appleton from its Paris-based owner. It was one of the largest employee buyouts ever.
As employee owners, we are also responsible for, and benefit from, the success and growth of our company. We invested in Appleton and share a vision of what are company will become, the global leadership in specialty papers. Focusing on our core strengths in coating technology is the surest formula for achieving that goal.