Anderson toilet tissue company to expand capacity by 70,000 tons.

Almost a year after buying sprees in the toilet paper section of grocery stores across the country, the executives of an Anderson towel and tissue manufacturer have yet to take a breather, with plans to install an additional through-air drying machine.

"First Quality remains committed to the ultra-premium category and we are focused, particularly during these challenging times, on providing our customers and consumers with the quality bath tissue and towel products they need and desire," First Quality's Kelly Wolff said in a news release. "Adding additional state-of-the-art manufacturing capacity will enable First Quality to meet the growing demands of our customers in a timely and efficient manner. We want to express our sincerest appreciation to the entire Anderson County community, and especially the economic development team, for their continued support and partnership which has made this expansion possible."

A new construction site and gate has popped up along Masters Boulevard in front of First Quality's total 2.9 million-square-foot tissue production, print and packaging facilities, and company representatives report that the project is expected to conclude in the third quarter of 2022.

According to Anderson County property records, First Quality purchased a 96-acre property adjacent to its Masters Boulevard campus for $2.4 million in October 2020.

The expansion will add an estimated 70,000 tons of paper products to the company's annual capacity, according to the news release. A through-air drying machine allows tissue to be dried without being compressed by running...

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