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Book highlights history of AND Company, Abitibi Bowater

Resolute Roots, a History of Resolute Forest Products and its Predecessors recounts the history of a large player in the pulp and paper industry.
Resolute Roots, a History of Resolute Forest Products and its Predecessors recounts the history of a large player in the pulp and paper industry.

A former employee has penned a book about the company that once was the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company.

The former pulp and paper mill in Grand Falls started up in 1909 as Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company and closed 100 years later as Abitibi-Bowater. That name later changed Resolute Forest Products.

The book on the history of Resolute and its predecessors was recently written by ex-Resolute employee Martin Fairbank, now an independent consultant based in Montreal.

The book goes back to 1820 when the William Price Company was established to export lumber to Great Britain from Canada. Over the next two centuries, the company evolved into a producer of pulp, paper and lumber, selling products around the world.

The pathway was not a smooth one; the impact of fierce competition, world wars, government regulation and the emergence of the internet threw many challenges at the business.

The book tells the story of Resolute's family tree, which includes names such as Abitibi, Consolidated Bathurst, CIP, Bowater, Ontario Paper, Donohue and Price. Several mergers and acquisitions brought them together over the last century.

In parallel, the technology of pulp and paper production has undergone a huge evolution, and the book describes, in simple language, the technical developments that led to the survival or closure of many paper mills, a press release from the author noted. The 21 pulp and paper facilities that Resolute operates in 2016 are the legacy of a family of over 80 facilities that were once in operation.
Resolute provided many of the archival photos included in the book, and employees, retirees and others in the forest products industry have been praising the book, the release added. “A must read for those of us who were employed at Resolute, or its predecessors, or anyone who is interested in the industry itself”, said one reviewer.
The 232-page paperback book, featuring 70 historic photos and an index of past and present pulp and paper facilities in the Resolute family, can be purchased at www.martinfairbank.com, where further information and reviews can be found.

 

The former pulp and paper mill in Grand Falls started up in 1909 as Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company and closed 100 years later as Abitibi-Bowater. That name later changed Resolute Forest Products.

The book on the history of Resolute and its predecessors was recently written by ex-Resolute employee Martin Fairbank, now an independent consultant based in Montreal.

The book goes back to 1820 when the William Price Company was established to export lumber to Great Britain from Canada. Over the next two centuries, the company evolved into a producer of pulp, paper and lumber, selling products around the world.

The pathway was not a smooth one; the impact of fierce competition, world wars, government regulation and the emergence of the internet threw many challenges at the business.

The book tells the story of Resolute's family tree, which includes names such as Abitibi, Consolidated Bathurst, CIP, Bowater, Ontario Paper, Donohue and Price. Several mergers and acquisitions brought them together over the last century.

In parallel, the technology of pulp and paper production has undergone a huge evolution, and the book describes, in simple language, the technical developments that led to the survival or closure of many paper mills, a press release from the author noted. The 21 pulp and paper facilities that Resolute operates in 2016 are the legacy of a family of over 80 facilities that were once in operation.
Resolute provided many of the archival photos included in the book, and employees, retirees and others in the forest products industry have been praising the book, the release added. “A must read for those of us who were employed at Resolute, or its predecessors, or anyone who is interested in the industry itself”, said one reviewer.
The 232-page paperback book, featuring 70 historic photos and an index of past and present pulp and paper facilities in the Resolute family, can be purchased at www.martinfairbank.com, where further information and reviews can be found.

 

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