Labor Day weekend is upon us and since the holiday pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers, it seemed like an appropriate time to spotlight our Rothschild Mill.


The Rothschild Mill is just one of Domtar’s 13 pulp and paper mills but it is the one and only mill that makes Cougar paper! So now for your reading pleasure here are some facts about the paper that many of you know and love and the mill that makes it.


Rothschild Mill Facts:

  • The mill is located on the east bank of the Wisconsin River in Rothschild, WI which is about five miles south of Wausau.
  • The birth of the Village of Rothschild was directly tied to the Marathon Paper Mill (a.k.a. Rothschild Mill), which was built in 1909.
  • Shortly before noon on November 18, 1910 (almost 106 years ago!!) the mill reeled off its first paper.
  • Many of the original employees were farmers who supplemented their farm income by working in the mill (later vice-versa).
  • The mill continued to run during the depression years and was one of the better paying places to work.
  • Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter requested a tour of the mill and in May of 1980 she and her secret service along with other White House staff were ushered around one of the paper machines and the Finishing Department.
  • Weyerhaeuser Company bought the Rothschild Mill in August of 1973 and Domtar and Weyerhaeuser merged in March of 2007 to create the Domtar that you are familiar with today.
  • The mill includes one paper machine and one pulp line.
  • Because of the forming and pressing section configurations, the sheet is very even sided. This results in a sheet very uniform side to side in all aspects (color, brightness, smoothness, and print quality).
  • Domtar is one of the largest employers in Marathon County, and its mill is the single largest employer in the village.
  • Domtar’s Rothschild Mill provides 407 local jobs and thousands of dollars in tax revenue.
  • The mill has an estimated regional economic impact of $297.7 million.
  • The Rothschild Mill beneficially reuses about 75% of its manufacturing waste.
  • As a public service, the mill treats all leachate (liquid generated from decomposing materials) from county landfills through its waste water treatment plant at no additional cost to the community.
  • The mill certifications include: Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™).
  • Each spring, a group of employees volunteer with the Wisconsin River Cleanup. The purpose of the event, which has been sponsored by the Rothschild Mill since it was initiated, is to beautify the river around Lake Wausau and the surrounding areas, while educating students and inspiring them to take on the responsibility of keeping our natural resources clean.


Cougar® Paper Facts:

  • Both Cougar and Husky were named after two different college mascots: Washington State University (Cougars) and the University of Washington (Huskies).
  • With almost 45 years in the marketplace, Cougar has continually improved. The Cougar paper you know and love today features two shades; 98 brightness, balanced white and natural and three finishes; super smooth, smooth and vellum.
  • In 2008, Cougar, the premium uncoated printing paper long revered for value and performance, evolved to be more environmentally responsible by adding 10% post-consumer recycled content to its mix and becoming FSC® certified.
  • Cougar paper is supported by the Rainforest Alliance; it is the flagship member of Domtar’s EarthChoice® family of papers.
  • The employees at the Rothschild mill take extreme pride in being the single manufacturer of Cougar Paper and they are all dedicated to the quality and consistency of the product.


Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!


For more information on the Rothschild Mill you can visit The Domtar Paper Trail website.