UPM Blandin Paper Mill Tours
Blandin Paper Mill Tour
Contact: Tour Office
Corner of 2nd Avenue NW and 3rd Street NW
Grand Rapids MN, 55744
Founded in 1901 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, UPM Blandin, a wholly owned subsidiary of UPM Corp. is one of North America’s leading producers of lightweight coated magazine and catalog printing papers and one of northern Minnesota’s largest employers. Its two paper machines have an annual capacity of about 408,000 short tons and manufacture No. 5 grade of publication paper with basis weights ranging from 28 to 50 pounds. All paper manufactured by Blandin is lightweight coated (LWC), named so for its clay-based glossy coating that makes it an attractive publication paper.
UPM – the Biofore Company: UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable.
In 2013, Blandin was awarded UPM’s Safety Frontrunner award. The objective of the UPM Safety Awards is to recognize and reward outstanding safety performance and commitment to reaching world class safety.
Blandin Paper Company Quick Facts: Employs about 450, annual papermaking capacity: 408,000 short tons; forest land owned and managed: 187,000 acres.
Free guided tours of Blandin’s Number 6 paper line are offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am to 3 pm, from the first Wednesday in June through the Friday before Labor Day. Tour guides escort small groups (10 or less in a group) through the mill on a continuous basis. The tour also includes a video presenting the history of the Mill and of the papermaking process. Children under the age of 12, open-toed shoes and cameras are not allowed. Please note that the ability to climb stairs is required, and the paper mill is very warm and humid.