Resolute marks 200 years in business

Resolute Saint Felicien. Photo: Resolute Forest Products

Resolute marked its 200th anniversary on May 1, 2020. Resolute began as a small business in 1820, exporting lumber to England under William Price and with time bought 20 sawmills along the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec.

Today, the company has grown into a global leader in the forest products industry with over 40 pulp, paper, tissue, wood products and energy facilities across North America.

“This is an extremely important milestone in our company’s history. We’ve successfully weathered two centuries marked by technological revolutions; two World Wars; the Great Depression of the 1930s; globalization; several pandemics, including cholera, the Spanish flu and now COVID-19; and changing economic and social conditions,” said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer. “We’ve flourished because of the unwavering support of our employees, customers, investors, the communities in which we operate, as well as our partners in both the business world and Indigenous communities.”

For 200 years, Resolute and its predecessor companies have been transforming a renewable resource into products that consumers depend on in their daily lives. From the filter used to make their morning coffee to the lumber they buy to renovate their home – even the cucumbers in their lunchtime salad – all may contain a fair amount of Resolute.

“Resolute’s roots spread out across two centuries, over 20 predecessor companies, multiple countries and hundreds of communities,” said Bradley Martin, chairman of Resolute’s board of directors. “I am pleased that we continue to innovate and grow. Resolute is a sustainability champion, known globally for our strong forest management practices, industry-leading carbon reductions, transformative investments, and for our mutually beneficial business partnerships with nearly 40 Aboriginal communities. Our pioneering excellence continues as we forge new pathways with innovative green products and renewable energy options.”