A Storied History

Since its foundation in 1904, Kruger Inc. has never stopped reinventing itself and improving the way it operates. A strong entrepreneurial spirit, coupled with a long-term vision and an openness to new ideas and innovations has enabled the company to differentiate itself from the competition. As a result, Kruger Inc. has become one of the most diversified family-owned companies in North America.

1904<br />The Kruger Spark

1904
The Kruger Spark

At the turn of the 20th century, Joseph Kruger, a paper merchant from New York City, settled in Montréal with his family and founded Kruger Paper Company Limited in 1904.

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1950 – 1984<br />Integrated Operations

1950 – 1984
Integrated Operations

Under the second generation of Kruger family leadership, the Company grew exponentially thanks to the great ambition and bold strategic vision of the founder’s son, Gene H. Kruger. In 1950, Kruger acquired its first newsprint mill in Bromptonville, Québec, and would continue to expand its portfolio of industrial operations in Canada, including paper and containerboard mills, corrugated packaging plants and sawmills.

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1997 – 2009<br />Expansion and Diversification

1997 – 2009
Expansion and Diversification

Always on the lookout for growth opportunities, the Company expanded into diversified activity sectors such as the tissue products market by acquiring the Scott Papers Ltd.’s Canadian assets in 1997. The Company then created an Energy Division in 2004, and a Wines & Spirits Division in 2006.

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2010 – 2018<br />Courage and Innovation

2010 – 2018
Courage and Innovation

Emerging from one of the most challenging periods in the history of the global paper industry, Kruger valiantly forged ahead and continued to expand its operations in growth sectors including its tissue and energy operations. More recently, the Company announced massive investments to convert its traditional paper operations to manufacture new specialty products for growing markets, including next-generation lightweight linerboard, eco-friendly packaging and lightweight coated paper for digital inkjet printing. Kruger has also become a pioneer in cellulosic biomaterials, breaking new ground by creating tomorrow’s high-tech materials by harnessing the power of nature.

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