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    Planting Trees for Earth Day — and a Renewable Future

    Jacob Holm’s Sontara® facility in Old Hickory, Tennessee, sits on the shores of Old Hickory Lake. In honor of Earth Day 2020, we planted trees throughout our property, including magnolias, green giants, cherry trees and oaks. It’s one way to honor not just the Earth, but the history of our company and the Mikkelsen family’s profound connection to forestry. We hope our new trees serve as symbols to our commitment to the sustainable growth of middle Tennessee.

    Planting Trees for Earth Day — and a Renewable Future

    Jacob Holm’s Sontara® facility in Old Hickory, Tennessee, sits on the shores of Old Hickory Lake. In honor of Earth…

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    Meeting our Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

    Through concerted efficiency measures aimed at increasing our overall environmental sustainability, Jacob Holm’s Sontara® plants in Old Hickory, Tennessee, and Asturias, Spain, are on track to meet their annual greenhouse gas reduction targets. Set as part of our commitment to global emissions reduction of fifteen percent by 2025, these greenhouse gas targets showcase our ambitious innovation in sustainable manufacturing. We specifically appreciate the valuable efforts of our production teams in Tennessee and Spain, led by Lee Guthrie and Jose Maria Rodriguez Infanzon. From our board room to the production floor, Jacob Holm is committed to a more sustainable future, all over the globe.

    Meeting our Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

    Through concerted efficiency measures aimed at increasing our overall environmental sustainability, Jacob Holm’s Sontara® plants in Old Hickory, Tennessee, and…

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    Our First Ingredient is Pure Water

    Without water, Jacob Holm wouldn’t be in business. In fact, it’s the main ingredient in our products. That’s why we make water quality central to our sustainability goals, working intimately with the local municipalities where our plants are based to ensure rigorous standards are maintained. As part of those standards, we closely monitor every single production run for chemical, biological and physical contamination in our in-house laboratories.

    Looking toward the future, we know our standards will be impossible to achieve without pure and abundant water, so we’re acting now to ensure it will be available. In addition to recycling up to 90% of our water at some plants, we’ve committed to reducing our global water consumption by five percent by 2025. That’s a goal we can meet through our innovative technology and continuously improving production efficiency, driven by our conscious dependence on our most precious resource.

    Our First Ingredient is Pure Water

    Without water, Jacob Holm wouldn’t be in business. In fact, it’s the main ingredient in our products. That’s why we…

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    Celebrating 20+ Years with Our Suppliers

    Jacob Holm proudly celebrates the fact that our relationships with our suppliers have lasted, on average, twenty to twenty-five years. These relationships form an integral part of our business ecosystem, enabling us to create our innovative products. As such, we deeply value our suppliers and continually endeavor to support supply chain security, a top concern of many of our customers, for whom consistency and quality are paramount. When possible, we shop local: Many of the suppliers to our American facilities are themselves located in the US. While we’re always open to new partnerships, Jacob Holm continues the legacy reliability and dedication that has kept us growing with our suppliers for so long.

    Celebrating 20+ Years with Our Suppliers

    Jacob Holm proudly celebrates the fact that our relationships with our suppliers have lasted, on average, twenty to twenty-five years….

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    Quality of Life at Work: The Wellness Challenge

    On two continents, Jacob Holm fosters a work environment that supports our employees’ health. Business and social sustainability depend on nurturing the physical well-being of our workers. In our plants in Soultz, France, and across our three plants in the US, our employees are offered workshops and challenges to improve their own physical health. Specifically, in Soultz, workshops are offered on themes of smoking cessation, achieving quality sleep and a balanced diet, and physical wellness practices such as yoga and pilates. At our Candler plant, employees may choose to participate in the annual Wellness Challenge, engaging in fun competition toward the goals of healthy eating, increased exercise and creating a work environment that supports healthier habits. 

    “We spend many hours of the day together,” says Candler Human Resources Manager Amy Taylor. “That’s why I want to make sure that our workplace helps us maintain and even improve our health.”

    Quality of Life at Work: The Wellness Challenge

    On two continents, Jacob Holm fosters a work environment that supports our employees’ health. Business and social sustainability depend on…

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    Every Employee is Bonus-Eligible

    Jacob Holm believes that social and business sustainability are not competing goals. In fact, they’re complimentary. In both a profitable business and a sustainable society, workers are paid well. That’s why every single Jacob Holm employee — everywhere on the globe, whether in production or administration — is eligible for an end-of-year performance bonus. Based on key performance indicators at the plant level, and individual accomplishment, we hope these bonuses are just one way we let our workers know how highly they’re valued.

    Every Employee is Bonus-Eligible

    Jacob Holm believes that social and business sustainability are not competing goals. In fact, they’re complimentary. In both a profitable…

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    Investing $150M in Minority-Owned Businesses

    As part of our conscious effort toward social sustainability, Jacob Holm tracks every penny we spend, making sure we contribute to the diversity of the marketplace by investing in minority-owned businesses. In 2018, this number amounted to $ 150 million — from our Candler, NC, plant alone!

    The majority of that money was invested in woman-owned ARM Trucking, a small transfer company based in neighboring Waynesville, NC, but we’re also tracking our investments in Hispanic, Native American, African-American and other communities.

    Since 2018, Jacob Holm has created a new position called Vice President of Sourcing. The current Vice President, Erik Lomholdt, leads the charge to increase transparency in our supply chain, tracking diversity in supply chain, at all plants, with an eye toward sustainability. This is in addition to our already-rigorous assessment of our suppliers, equipment, training, safety and end-product quality. 

    While we’re known for taking care of our workers, Jacob Holm believes that sustainability requires more: Caring not just about our own employees, but every person in the marketplace.

    Investing $150M in Minority-Owned Businesses

    As part of our conscious effort toward social sustainability, Jacob Holm tracks every penny we spend, making sure we contribute…

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    Recycling 90% of our Main Ingredient

    Sustainability begins with your ingredients, and it’s even more crucial when your main ingredient is pure water. Our proprietary process for creating our nonwoven fabrics, called hydro-entanglement, uses only water and fiber and is free from all other binders and chemical additives.

    Of the Jacob Holm manufacturing plants, the Soultz facility boasts the lowest environmental impact, leading the way within our corporate family and across our industry. From sustainably sourcing our water to re-using almost all of it, we’re pushing continuously toward both environment and business sustainability at all of our manufacturing facilities.

    Recycling 90% of our Main Ingredient

    Sustainability begins with your ingredients, and it’s even more crucial when your main ingredient is pure water. Our proprietary process…

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    Caring for our Workers – Both On and Off the Job

    Jacob Holm aims to provide our employees worldwide with a sustainable working environment. In the US, we work hard to provide the best possible healthcare coverage to all of our employees, and we’re proud to say that more than 90% of our US workers have chosen to participate in our healthcare benefits program.

    While most employers contribute only 82% for their workers’ employee-only plans, and only about 71% for family plans, Jacob Holm pays between 85% -95% of our employee premium, providing a meaningful benefit for our employees.

    In addition, we offer two outstanding options for both medical and dental plans, allowing our employees the opportunity to find the best fit for their needs. Jacob Holm covers our health reimbursement plan 100%, giving our workers peace of mind. Employees choose between dental plans: We cover 65% -70% of one option and 100% of the other. 

    Caring for our workers means valuing their safety and wellbeing in all aspects of life. This is why, in addition to healthcare coverage, we also provide monthly physical and financial wellness programs. In Europe and the Americas, we offer activities that provide employees with opportunities to become more financially aware, so they can be happier and more comfortable with their finances in the future. In addition, we provide financial counselors to help our employees improve their overall financial well-being.

    “Our new team members are always surprised by and pleased with our benefits package and say their employee cost is much less than what was paid at previous jobs” says Robin Devlin, Regional Benefits Specialist. 

    We value our people. Our investment in their physical and financial well-being is one way we have invested in caring for them and their future.

    Caring for our Workers – Both On and Off the Job

    Jacob Holm aims to provide our employees worldwide with a sustainable working environment. In the US, we work hard to…

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    Upcycling For Childrens’ Happiness

    Community outreach is a key pillar of the Jacob Holm social sustainability strategy. As part of these initiatives, we seek sustainable solutions for our production waste that benefit our local communities. We’re proud to say that one of our solutions is the donation of fiber and fabric from our converting site in Madison, Tennessee, to a local company that up-cycles the materials for use as stuffing in teddy bears.

    Upcycling For Childrens’ Happiness

    Community outreach is a key pillar of the Jacob Holm social sustainability strategy. As part of these initiatives, we seek…

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    Replacing Old Technology with LED Lighting

    Even on a global scale, small changes matter. As part of our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing, Jacob Holm has begun a process of replacing the high-pressure sodium bulbs in our facilities with LED bulbs. While it may not sound as bold as our other sustainability initiatives, we’ve seen a substantial benefit. For example, our warehouse and converting facility in Madison, Tennessee, has achieved a 30-35% reduction in its energy expenditure due to this change alone. Real change happens in small steps, and Jacob Holm is dedicated to reducing our impact in every way possible.

    Replacing Old Technology with LED Lighting

    Even on a global scale, small changes matter. As part of our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing,…

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    Art Partnerships Reduce Waste

    Jacob Holm embraces sustainability on all levels – including the artistic. By partnering with French eco-designer Gérard Dumora, we’re able to contribute our non-woven fabrics to industrial and urban art projects through an initiative Dumora calls Vortex-X.

    Up-cycling Jacob Holm nonwoven fabrics, Vortex-X creates sculptures of intricate, gossamer strands. Our material is sliced ​​into strings, then stretched and tied in precise angles, gracing public spaces and industrial sites with sculptures called “wipe webs.” In this way, we’re not only providing raw materials for artists, but also finding value for the public in industrial waste.

    Through these art installations, Jacob Holm and Vortex-X hope to inspire viewers and encourage the practice of upcycling. To find out where you can view a Vortex-X exhibition, www.vortex075.com has information about all past and future sculptures.

    Art Partnerships Reduce Waste

    Jacob Holm embraces sustainability on all levels – including the artistic. By partnering with French eco-designer Gérard Dumora, we’re able…

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    Zero Landfill Waste at Jacob Holm France

    All of Jacob Holm’s production facilities continuously seek new and innovative solutions for processing waste. Our sustainability flagship plant in Soultz, France, is leading the way in the French cradle of textiles. Through thoughtful reuse and recycling of materials, as well as improved internal and external waste management processes, Jacob Holm Soultz reached a zero waste to landfill benchmark in 2013. 

    In addition, the Soultz plant continually implements processes that minimize our use of water— recycling ninety percent of our most precious resource — and energy.

    Soultz is an inspiration within the Jacob Holm family, setting an example for the rest of our facilities. And, we hope, for the rest of the industry.

     

    Zero Landfill Waste at Jacob Holm France

    All of Jacob Holm’s production facilities continuously seek new and innovative solutions for processing waste. Our sustainability flagship plant in…

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    Supporting Breastfeeding At Work

    Anyone with a newborn knows that family isn’t something you return to after work: Family is always with you. Jacob Holm values ​​family as an integral part of our business and our social sustainability efforts. This empathy comes from the top: CEO Martin Mikkelsen has four children and takes pride in the fact that Jacob Holm is a family-owned business. That’s why we have a global policy in place to support breastfeeding at work. We make accommodations for anyone who would like to breastfeed at work, for as long as they would like to breastfeed at work, because nothing is more important to sustainability than our children. 

    Supporting Breastfeeding At Work

    Anyone with a newborn knows that family isn’t something you return to after work: Family is always with you. Jacob…

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    Celebrating 225 Years in Business

    Jacob Holm values ​​the ability to adapt to changing business needs and has been doing so successfully for the last 225 years. What began in 1795 as a grocery store on the waterfront of Copenhagen evolved into a global nonwovens manufacturing venture today. This longevity testifies to Jacob Holm’s core values ​​of respecting our history and legacy while being young in spirit: Jacob Holm prides itself on the agility and nimbleness needed to meet customers’ needs.

    Find out more and download our historic timeline: https://www.jacob-holm.com/us/en-us/jacob-holm-nonwovens/news/2019/jacob-holm-225th-anniversary/

    Celebrating 225 Years in Business

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    Jacob Holm values ​​the ability to adapt to changing business needs and has been doing so successfully for the last…

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    Sontara® Old Hickory Donates Over 800 Items to Children in Need

    Social sustainability begins with a sense of community, and Jacob Holm takes pride in being a good neighbor. When the United Way of Middle Tennessee asked for help with their 2018 “Stuff the Bus” campaign, Sontara® employees stepped up. The campaign, which distributes donated school supplies to ensure at-risk students have the resources they need to start the school year, received 820 items from team members at our Old Hickory plant. 

    “We have a lot of success with supply drives,” says Amanda Murrah, Human Resources Manager at the plant. “Our workforce is deeply dedicated to the community we live in, and this shows in their ongoing generosity. I’m continuously impressed. “

    Sontara® Old Hickory Donates Over 800 Items to Children in Need

    Social sustainability begins with a sense of community, and Jacob Holm takes pride in being a good neighbor. When the…