CATAWBA MILL — Catawba, SC

Established in 1959, New-Indy Containerboard’s Catawba, South Carolina operation, located on the Catawba River, is a world-class integrated virgin linerboard and market pulp manufacturing facility. We produce a lightweight linerboard used for the outer surfaces of corrugated packaging, and high-yield unbleached pulp for other paper applications.

Daily Air Emissions Report

New-Indy is continuously monitoring hydrogen sulfide in various locations both at the Catawba Mill and in surrounding neighborhoods. The report below shows hydrogen sulfide levels as reported by New Indy. The report is updated daily.

From May 13 – June 29, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported the results of hydrogen sulfide samplings from 10 different locations in York and Lancaster Counties, South Carolina, and Union County, North Carolina. In accordance with their issued Order, EPA discontinued their community monitoring program on June 30, 2021. The historical EPA monitoring results can be found here on our website.

Following the EPA’s conclusion of such, New-Indy and SCDHEC each began collecting data from their own monitoring stations surrounding the New-Indy Containerboard mill. New-Indy placed five of its monitoring stations in close proximity to the previous EPA monitors. In the interactive map above, you can see the location of each New Indy monitoring station and daily average values. The daily reports can be downloaded from the links below.

Notices

New-Indy will notify the public about operational activity that may result in changes in emissions from the Catawba Mill. Any such notices will be posted in this section.

  • New-Indy is a joint venture between The Kraft Group and Schwarz Partners. The company name is derived from being the Newest Independent manufacturer and supplier of recycled containerboard in the corrugated box industry. With nearly 2,000 employees from the Carolinas to California, we strive to be the supplier of choice for packaged products.
  • Number of local employees: 450
  • Property size: 1,800 acres
  • Facility size: 940,000 sq. ft.

Annual Economic Impact

($Million)

Payroll and benefits 62
Other operating costs 100
Cost of wood and recycled fiber 115
Energy purchase 25
Taxes 8
TOTAL impact $310 million

 
New-Indy is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen and promoting economic vitality throughout the region.

  • New-Indy purchases wood from 110 different regional suppliers: 85% in South Carolina, 14% in North Carolina & 1% in Georgia
  • Major operating costs:
    • Maintenance and repairs – $40 million
    • Supplies – $20 million
    • Outside services – $20 million
  • We are the largest single customer of Duke Energy and York County Natural Gas.
  • Taxes paid annually:
    • Real property – $300,000
    • Sales & Use – $700,000
    • Personal property – $7 million

Supporting Sustainability

The Catawba Mill:

Paper and Packaging manufacturing is one of the most sustainable industries we have in the United States today. New-Indy takes pride in being part of an industry that acts as stewards of our planet and the forests that occupy it.

  • New-Indy is ISO-certified in quality management and environmental management. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a global certification process for a variety of organizations and systems.
  • The mill sources wood fiber and maintains a chain of custody and controlled wood certificates under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
  • We derive 73% of the energy used from renewable sources, including hydroelectric power and an on-site cogeneration facility.
  • New-Indy helped develop and teach the South Carolina Best Forest Management Practices to landowners and suppliers who provide us wood. These practices set and monitor harvesting standards to protect forest water quality and ensure the sustainability of logging practices.
  • New-Indy generates 44 million watts of electricity on-site from carbon-neutral biomass.
  • New-Indy Has won numerous industry awards, including South Carolina Manufacturer of the Year and Top 10 Best North American Plants. Established in 1990, the IndustryWeek Best Plants program annually recognizes plants that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction and create rewarding work environments.

Community Support

Since 2019

New-Indy is committed to being a responsible member of the community. As a proud member of several local organizations, New-Indy also sponsors local events and donates to many local institutions.

Local Associations / Memberships
  • York County Chamber of Commerce
  • South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • South Carolina Manufacturers Association
  • South Carolina Energy Users
  • South Carolina Forestry Association
Community Donations / Sponsorships
  • Little Free Libraries (Cherry Park, Riverwalk, Manchester Park, The White Home, Lesslie Elementary, Olde Point Elementary, Northside School of Arts, Richmond Drive Elementary, Camp Canaan)
  • Rock Hill Schools Education Foundation
  • A local partner with elementary (Leslie, Belleview, Independence), middle (Sullivan) and high schools (Rock Hill)
  • Christmasville
  • Come See Me Festival
  • Lancaster Children’s Home
  • The Lancaster School District
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
Critical Needs
  • Covid PPE for partner schools
  • Covid vaccine clinic volunteers
  • Covid vaccine clinic donation
  • Special Olympics EE support
  • Partner elementary school benevolence fund donations

Other Resources

Contact Us

New-Indy has a dedicated phone line for reporting concerns or feedback about our operations. Please call 803.670.2001 and make sure to tell us your name, phone number and the reason for your outreach. If you have an odor complaint, also indicate where you live, the date and time of day, duration and any other details about the incident. Complete information will enable us to evaluate the issue thoroughly and follow up as needed.

DHEC also has established a website where area residents may provide odor observations: https://scdhec.gov/LancasterYorkOdorReports. Questions may also be submitted to LancasterYorkOdorReports@dhec.sc.gov.