New State Capital Partners has made a majority investment in Wilmington Paper, an intermediary and processor of production scrap and post commercial use recovered fiber waste. No financial terms were disclosed.
LARCHMONT, NEW YORK – November 12, 2021 – New State Capital Partners (“New State”) today announced that an affiliate has made a majority equity investment in Wilmington Paper Corp. and its related affiliates (“Wilmington Paper” or “the Company”), a value-added services provider in the recovered paper-based fiber space. Stuart Lurie, Chief Executive Officer and son of the Company’s founder Harvey Lurie, and other members of the management team will remain with the Company and have retained a substantial minority stake in the business. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“Wilmington Paper has a differentiated niche in fiber waste given its broad reach, longstanding relationships, and industry expertise and is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the growing worldwide demand for recycled fiber content,” said Kurt Lentz, Senior Principal at New State. “We are delighted to be working with Stuart and his team as we seek to further extend the Company’s reach within the fiber scrap and waste management sector through both organic initiatives and via add-on acquisitions.”
Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Pine Brook, NJ, Wilmington Paper acquires scrap and post-commercial use fiber from a network of over 2,000 converting and waste hauling suppliers across the U.S. The Company utilizes on-premise assets at its suppliers’ sites, in-house logistical and brokering capabilities, and eight strategically-located recycling centers across the eastern and southern U.S. to collect, transport, process, and market premium recycled fiber grades globally into the growing recycled corrugated, tissue, and folding carton production end markets.
Wilmington Paper and its suppliers and customers continue to benefit from increasing recycling rates driven by government regulatory requirements, consumer sentiment, and a near doubling in global demand for recycled fiber over the last 20 years. According to the American Forest & Paper Association, the U.S. paper-fiber recycling rate has increased over 65% since the early 1990s.
Mr. Lurie commented, “New State will be an invaluable partner as we embark on the next chapter of Wilmington Paper’s growth. Their resources will help us invest in the people, innovative technology, and logistical equipment and solutions that will enhance our capabilities and maintain our competitive position in the years to come.”
About Wilmington Paper
Wilmington Paper (www.wilmingtonpaper.com) is a leading global intermediary and processor of production scrap and post commercial use recovered fiber waste. The Company is a trusted and reliable service provider that leverages its network and operations to assist thousands of suppliers in maximizing the value of their fiber scrap and waste streams while providing a steady supply of recovered fiber to producers of corrugated, tissue, and paperboard products. The Company’s Wilmington Paper division is known for its unique on-premise supplier service model, The Program, a proprietary audit, logistics and revenue management platform, while its Recycling Management Resources division (www.recyclingmr.com) operates eight specialty recycling centers throughout the eastern and southern U.S.