Mill Tour Brings 60 Members Together

Over 60 attendees participated in the 2023 AICC Southeast Summit last week in Kingsport, TN, touring Domtar’s mill, playing in the annual golf tournament, and strengthening their industry relationships.

AICC members, including several first-time Summit attendees, saw Domtar’s venerable, now modernized, Kingsport Mill. Originally opened in 1916, the mill is a downtown landmark on the Holston River. Through extensive renovation, Domtar converted the facility into the company’s first 100% recycled containerboard facility. It is expected that the mill will be able to produce and market about 600,000 tons of recycled linerboard and corrugated medium annually, making it the second-largest recycled containerboard machine in North America. Domtar sells its output to independents. 

The attendees received a tour that began with the historical aspects of the mill and progressed through the renovations and upgrades that have made the mill a showcase of the most modern paper-making technology. The mill utilizes 50,000 tons of recycling residuals and other by-products that otherwise would enter landfills.

AICC President Mike D’Angelo said, “AICC appreciates Domtar opening the facility for our members. It is impressive to see one of the widest, fastest, paper machines in the world creating 100% recycled product. It is the cleanest paper mill that I have ever visited.”

The golf tournament was held on the Cattails Golf Course at the MeadowView Marriott Resort, one of the top public golf courses in the state. The winning team included Gregg Diethorn, Longreach International; Greg Jones, SUN Automation; James Moncure, J.M. Fry; and Chris Neighbors, Cumberland Container.

AICC thanks the platinum sponsor, Domtar, along with Haire Group, AG Stacker, Bobst, SUN Automation, Independent Corrugator, American Corrugated Machine, Independent Paperboard Marketing, Baysek Machines, EAM Mosca, and TranSouth Logistics for sponsoring the event. 

Save the date for the 39th Annual West Coast Golf Tournament, October 17, at the Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine, CA. Learn more at

For more information about AICC Summits, contact Laura Mihalick, Senior Meeting Manager, at or 703.836.2422.