MEMPHIS, Tenn., – The International Paper Beaverton Bag Plant, which began production on Sept. 16, 1961, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of producing high-quality, environmentally friendly paper bags for its customers. "Our bags are a great environmental choice as they are recyclable, reusable and produced using renewable resources," said Ron Gale, plant general manager.
The Portland City Council has recognized the benefits of paper and recently passed legislation limiting the use of plastic bags within city limits. The move is designed to lessen the impact on the environment. "Paper recycling is an environmental success story not only in the state of Oregon, but throughout the country. Paper bags are recycled at a rate between 50 percent and 72 percent, compared to 10 percent to 14 percent for plastic bags," said Craig Williams, general manager of International Paper's Kraft Bag business. "This is an exciting time for the families and team members of the Beaverton Bag Plant to celebrate 50 years of service to the greater Oregon area, and to assist current and new customers with the transition from plastic," Gale said.
International Paper employs more than 800 workers in the state of Oregon. The Beaverton Plant will recognize 50 years of excellence with a celebration to congratulate the team members and families that have worked at and supported the facility and its customers.