Tissue Manufacturer Sofidel and Muscogee Creek Nation to host job fair to fill openings at new Inola tissue plant

Pictured: Sofidel America tissue plant in Circleville, Ohio.(Photo: Sofidel America)

Company seeks additional 150 entry- and mid-level workers

News Release

Sofidel America

Sofidel, one of the global leading manufacturers of tissue paper for hygienic and domestic use, and the Muscogee Creek Nation will co-host a job fair on Monday, July 29 for candidates interested in working at Sofidel’s new manufacturing plant opening soon in Inola, Oklahoma.

The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 29 at Sofidel’s current tissue paper facility at 420 South 145th East Ave. in Tulsa. The media is invited to attend – interviews will be available with Sofidel and Muscogee Creek Nation officials.

Candidates should bring copies of their résumé, be prepared to fill out an application and interview with Sofidel officials about open entry- and mid-level positions that are currently available. Technical or manufacturing experience is preferred but not required. 

Sofidel is hiring an estimated 150 additional employees to work at the Inola plant, about 30 miles east of Tulsa. The integrated greenfield plant will feature a mill that transforms pulp into paper, a converting plant that produces bathroom tissue and kitchen towels, and a state-of-the-art warehousing facility. 

The $360 million investment facility will significantly expand Sofidel’s operations in Oklahoma by moving existing operations to Inola, which reflects the company’s long-term commitment to the region and state. The plant will be Sofidel’s second largest greenfield investment built from the ground up in the United States. The first, in Circleville, Ohio, opened in October 2018. 

“We are extremely proud of this new facility and the opportunity it gives us to be an even stronger member of the business community,’’ said Jose Zarandona, Sofidel’s Regional Operations Manager. “We are especially excited to partner with the Muscogee Creek Nation to raise awareness about the plant and provide job opportunities to our local residents.’’ 

The Oklahoma plant will serve the South-Central and Central-Western United States, a market where Sofidel has had a presence since 2012 and where it has grown rapidly, year after year. It will have two papermaking machines – for a total output of 120,000 metric tons a year – and a minimum of 11 converting lines to make the finished products using the most advanced and sustainable technology available in the industry. 

“We are very fortunate to have this major employer in our backyard bringing good, stable jobs that will have a lasting impact on the community,’’ said Jessina McBee, Workforce Development Coordinator for the Muscogee Creek Nation. “We are happy to partner with Sofidel to spread the word about the facility and find jobs for our Nation’s members.’’ 

Construction of the plant began in March 2018 and will be completed by mid-2020. Sofidel is currently installing two converting lines and has already transferred some employees from the Tulsa facility. Once fully operational, the plant will employ about 300 people. 

In addition to the Muscogee Creek Nation, Sofidel has partnered with the Cherokee Nation and the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology to attract and recruit job candidates. 

Sofidel America Factsheet July 2019

Sofidel America 

Sofidel America is a subsidiary of the Sofidel Group. It was established in 2012 through the acquisition of the Cellynne tissue company which was founded in 1988 with two converting plants in Green Bay (Wisconsin) and Henderson (Nevada) – the latter moved to Las Vegas in 2018, and one integrated plant in Haines City (Florida). The company is now active in 7 states – the original three already listed, as well as Oklahoma (Tulsa), Mississippi (Hattiesburg), Ohio (Circleville) and Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) where the company has its American headquarters. Furthermore, a new integrated plant is currently under construction in Oklahoma (Inola). 

Sofidel Group 

The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturers of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. Established in 1966, the Group has subsidiaries in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the USA - with more than 6,000 employees, net sales of 2,016 million USD (2018) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,308,000 tonnes in 2018). “Regina”, its most well-known brand, is present on almost all the reference markets. Other brands include: Softis, Le Trèfle, Sopalin, Thirst Pockets, KittenSoft, Nalys, Cosynel, Yumy, Volare, Lycke, Forest, Nicky, Papernet. 

A member of the UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers program, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic factor with regards to growth and is committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible development. 

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