Sofidel is expanding in the United States with its second major plant opening in three years - a sprawling new facility in Inola, Oklahoma. With a focus on sustainability and innovation, the 1.8-million-square-foot, $360-million facility represents one of the largest manufacturing investments in Oklahoma in recent years. The plant enhances Sofidel’s supply chain and helps us provide customers around the country with sustainable hygiene solutions in a time of heightened demand for cleanliness and infection prevention.
Integrated and Expansive
Operationally, the plant is an integrated facility, meaning it serves as a traditional paper mill by transforming pulp into paper and converts the result to a finished product. The plant will produce over 120,000 tons of tissue paper products annually and employs more than 350 workers, providing a boost to the local economy. Built on 280 acres of land, the Oklahoma facility is now our largest North American investment and its inauguration marks a milestone in our growth trajectory in the U.S.
The leading-edge Inola facility follows the 2018 opening of our plant in Circleville, Ohio, and further expands our capability to serve the Midwest, Southwest and South-Central United States. Since initiating our presence in these regions in 2012, we have continually helped deliver hygienic improvements to businesses in new regions across America. Sofidel now has a direct presence in seven states: Nevada, Florida, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
As the pandemic continues to impact businesses and their customers, we feel a responsibility to equip organizations and end users with hygiene solutions that will minimize the risk of infection. The plant in Inola enables us to more easily and quickly meet the new expectations around cleanliness. Restroom hygiene can play a critical role in reducing the spread of pathogens, and we are uniquely positioned to help improve it nationwide.
Simone Capuano is Executive Vice President, Operations & Supply Chain at Sofidel.