A History of Innovation
We trace our history back to 1926, when the Rainier Pulp & Paper Company began operation in Washington State. With three companies merging in 1937 to form Rayonier, we became the single largest manufacturer of dissolving pulps in the world.
In 1931, when DuPont sought a new process to purify hemlock pulp for use in the production of rayon, they turned to our Research & Development team, planting the seeds for a partnership that led to new innovations and fueled Rayonier’s growth. In the years since, we’ve built and maintained our position as a world-leading provider of high-purity performance fibers.
During World War II, we played a major role in the war effort, producing nitrocellulose. 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.
A Business Built on Innovation
In 2014, Rayonier Inc. divided its land resources business from its performance fibers business, creating two independent publicly-traded companies.
Completion of the acquisition of Tembec in 2017 represents the opening of yet another chapter for our company. We are now a global forest products company that creates sustainable solutions from renewable resources. Our products range from sustainable paperboard and environmentally-efficient high-yield pulp, to high-purity cellulose products and a growing array of BioSolutions. Our international footprint now includes operations in the U.S., Canada and France.
History of Innovations
Sustainable from the Start, Sustainable for the Future
RYAM is uniquely positioned to support growing global demand for sustainable products. Increasingly, manufacturers and consumers insist on sustainable inputs and more environmentally-friendly supply chains. RYAM’s remarkable solutions—sourced from renewable resources—are often the answer.
Our products include more environmentally-friendly alternatives to fossil-fuel based plastics and gasoline. Our second-generation biorefineries create a renewable fuel-source that will help the world meet greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets.
RYAM is an innovation engine, supplying sustainable solutions to help power a more circular economy. That’s why we invest in research and development, continuously improve our operations, and work to reduce our environmental footprint.
We pride ourselves in aligning our sustainability goals with our customers’ needs and putting the “sustainable” in their business.