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Our roots run deep

We trace our history back to 1926, when the Rainier Pulp & Paper Company began operation in Washington State. Eleven years later, we emerged as a global leader. With three companies merging in 1937 to form Rayonier, we immediately became the single largest manufacturer of dissolving pulps in the world.

In 1931, when DuPont sought a process to purify hemlock pulp for use in the production of rayon, they turned to us, planting the seeds for a partnership that led to innovation and fueled Rayonier’s growth. In the years since, we’ve built and maintained our position as the leading provider of high-purity performance fibers.

When our country went to war in the 1940s, we played a major role in the war effort, producing nitrocellulose. And our enduring commitment to continuously improve our research and manufacturing operations has made us a leader in innovation, driving growth and attracting customers in 20 countries around the world.

Unlocking the potential for future growth

In 2014, Rayonier Inc. divided its land resources businesses from its performance fibers business, creating two independent publicly-traded companies. Now, as Rayonier Advanced Materials, we’re focused on the production of cellulose specialties products and are positioned with the flexibility to pursue growth and diversification strategies.

Company Timeline

1926

Rainier Pulp & Papers founded in Shelton, Washington

1931

Rainier Pulp & Paper teams up with DuPont to produce purified hemlock cellulose for use in the production of rayon fibers

1937

Company begins public trading on the New York Stock Exchange after three mills in Washington merge to form Rayonier, a combination of the words Rayon and Mt. Rainier

1939

Rayonier completes construction on its first cellulose specialties plant in the Southeast in Fernandina Beach, Florida

1942

Company aids the war effort by producing nitrocellulose, a common explosive found in military munitions during WWII

1954

Rayonier’s largest cellulose specialties plant, and second in the Southeast, opens in Jesup, Georgia

1974

Jesup plant expansion makes it the largest kraft pulp production facility in the world

1996

Rayonier moves its research division to a new state-of-the-art facility in Jesup

2013

Rayonier invests more than $385 million to expand cellulose specialties production at its Jesup plant, adding 190,000 metric tons of new production capacity

2014

Rayonier separates its land resources businesses from its performance fibers business, creating two independent, publicly traded companies. The performance fibers business becomes known as Rayonier Advanced Materials