History

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASince 1913 IVEX Specialty Paper, LLC has been nestled along the banks of the Illinois River in Peoria Illinois. The mill was originally the Illinois Paper Company, built in 1912 by Judson M. Bemis, an Illinois farmer. Manufacturing began in 1913. The plant was built with a paper mill and a small bag factory to produce white coated flour sack paper and consumer size flour bags. In 2005, the mill began focusing on specialized service, allowing the customer the freedom to consider us part of their organization for their paper and specialty paper needs.

  Over the years, IVEX has been an industry leader in machine crepe papers used in multi-wall bags, in the production of silicone-coated base paper for the carpet industry and many other applications. The mill has also been utilizing recycled paper as a main fiber source long before the “green movement”. In fact, since it is a non-integrated mill, the pulp source can be changed per customer specs to meet desired levels of post-consumer, alternative fibers and more.

In February 2020, the mill began efforts on an exciting rebuild of the #2 Paper Machine in order to further improve capabilities and product offerings.