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National Tissue Company

Celebrate 365 Accident Free Days


National Tissue accomplished several goals over the past 365 days and one was to have 365 days accident free.  In January 2013, 12 people from the mill and office stepped forward volunteering for a special NTC Safety Committee. The committee met and continues to meet periodically to discuss ways of making the work area safer. In past safety meetings, suggestions were made and then implemented including adding stop signs to doorways, new mirrors in doorways, additional safety signage. A Safety Ambassador Program was also initiated. On each shift an employee is chosen to walk around the mill looking for anything that appears unsafe to them. Anything mentioned is looked at and if needed is corrected.

Safety had been upper most in everyone’s mind. Each day in the production meeting, the first topic of discussion focuses on safety. Each month, all of the employees participate in a safety training session. The training varies from how to lift safely, electrical safety, to first aid.

Upon reaching their safety goal, National Tissue decided to have a steak dinner for all of their employees. Three shifts were provided a dinner of grilled steak, baked potato, salad, dinner roll, beverages, and cake. Julie Graverson, General Manager of the Wisconsin Converting, met with each employee and shook hands to say a personal thanks for all employees efforts in taking personal responsibility for their selves and others.



June 7, 2013

Julie Graverson wins the "Annual Women of Influence Award!"


Friday, June 7, 2013, Julie Graverson, General Manager-WI Converting was honored at the Milwaukee Delta Center for winning in the "family category" the prestigious Annual Women of Influence Award.

This program profiles Milwaukee-area women who are leaders in their field and are making an impact on their profession and community.


January 18, 2012

National Tissue Announces Purchase of Merfin Systems



Mike Graverson, President of National Tissue Company LLC, announced today the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire the assets and on-going business operations of Merfin Systems from its parent company, Buckeye Technologies, Inc. 

National Tissue Company is a privately owned converter located in Cudahy, Wisconsin. National Tissue markets and sells its broad product line of away from home products primarily to distributors concentrated in the Midwest.

Merfin Systems is located in King, North Carolina. It's proprietary and standard products are sold primarily to distributors concentrated in the eastern US and Canada. 

Graverson has appointed Kristy Leonard, a five year Merfin Systems employee as the King location General Manager. Graverson said, "Merfin is an excellent fit and will complement National Tissue's core business. Merfin brings their proprietary dispensing systems and other product extensions to our basic offering. Adding a second and expandable operating location is a big step in our strategic roadmap." 

Buckeye’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Crowe said, "We are pleased that our employees in King are now partnered with a strategic industry player. While not part of our core business profile, we have been pleased with our 15 year ownership of Merfin Systems. We believe this opens up new horizons for this fine company". 

Kristy Leonard said, "We appreciate the support of Buckeye over the years.

Our new relationship with National Tissue creates great opportunities for our business and our people. We are poised to bring value and growth to our combined businesses".


 2011, 2008, 2006



Future 50 Award Winner
National Tissue
appears in
"Milwaukee Biz News"

The September 16-29, 2011 issue of the “Milwaukee Biz Times” showcased National   Tissue Company, LLC as a recipient of the 2011 MMAC/COSBE Future 50 Award.

From the article:

What has fueled your company’s growth?
Our ability to offer products other suppliers aren't willing or interested in making—special sizes and private labeled products.

What is the biggest obstacle to your company's growth?
Raw material costs.

Do you plan any changes in your company in the upcoming months? 
We are continually upgrading our equipment to be faster, more efficient, and more reliable.

 Letter from Milwaukee Mayor, Tom Barrett

 Excerpt from Tom Barrett’s letter dated 9/9/2011:

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to recognize and congratulate you and all the staff at National Tissue Company LLC on being named one of  this year’s MMAC/COBE Future 50 recipient. I appreciate your ongoing efforts to enhance business and employee success throughout the City of Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin. Your presence on this list is a reflection of your commitment to provide clients with high-quality products and excellent customer service. Thank you for your part in making Wisconsin a leader in workplace effectiveness and employee relation practices."

Future 50 Award - Details

Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) Council of Small Business Executive (COSBE) began the Future 50 program in 1980 to recognize the outstanding achievements of local fast- growing entrepreneurs. Milwaukee Future 50 Program recognizes privately-owned companies in the seven county region that have been in business for at least three years and have shown significant revenue and employment growth.

National Tissue Company has won this prestigious award in 2011, 2008, and 2006. (click below link)

MMACCOSBE Future 50 Awards

Click:  View 2011 MMAC/COSBE Furture 50

Click:  View List of Past Future 50 winners
                          Click: 2011 winner   Click: 2008 winner    Click 2006 winner

 June 2011


 "Supplier of the Year 2011"

Awarded to National Tissue
By: Reinhardt Food Service (RFS)

“For outstanding & Distinguished Service to Reinhardt Food Service, LLC”

Mike Graverson and Jill Lambrecht-Hudson accepted, on behalf of National Tissue Company, the “Supplier of the Year 2011” award from Reinhardt Food Service (RFS).

From June 17th National Tissue Newsletter:

Both Mike and Jill thank everyone at National Tissue for the part they played in obtaining this outstanding endorsement from RFS.

As Jill explained, it truly is a group effort. It begins with the sales persons presenting the products to the customer in an interesting and compelling manner; our buyers, purchasing the necessary items and equipment for production; the machine operators producing it; maintenance keeping the machines running; shipping and customer service arranging for prompt and efficient deliveries; and of course it ends with our billing personnel. 

Congratulations to all at National Tissue!
 Mike & Jill

FEBRUARY 16, 2011

National Tissue Company Makes Donation
to Urban Day School

On February 16, 2011, Mike Graverson, President of National Tissue Company received a thank you letter from John W. Plantenberg, President of the Administrative Leadership at Urban Day School.

 In his letter, Mr. Plantenberg states, “We celebrate Black History month with grateful hearts for the generous National Tissue Company in-kind contribution of paper products valued at $1,982.

. . . Because of the support of the National tissue Company, Urban Day School is making a difference in the lives of central city student. Our gratitude for your support continues as we watch our student grow and learn and achieve.


FEBRUARY 9, 2011

Way to Go Fourth Graders!

Left to right:  Orlando Santiago, shipping; Mike Graverson, President;

Fourth Grader, Oostburg School; Julie Graverson, Customer Service

A fourth grader from Oostburg Elementary School sent a letter to National Tissue explaining they were collecting goods for Safe Harbor, a safe shelter for women and children. National Tissue offered to donate product to their charity drive. On February 9th, Chase, a fourth grader from Mrs. Holzer’s class, along with his grandparents arrived at National Tissue Company and filled their pick-up truck with product.


Mrs. Holzer, a fourth grade teacher at Oostburg Elementary School, called National Tissue Company and expressed her appreciation for the donation and explained how the children learned so much about helping others. Mrs. Holzer also added:     “National Tissue is a great example of how people can reach out and help others.”



NOVEMBER 9-12, 2010

Best Customer Service Award

November 9-12, 2010, National Tissue hosted a booth at the Orlando Florida ISSA tradeshow and was awarded the "Best Customer Service Award" in the "Disposable" category.

(See below details about the award)

ISSA Announces Best Customer Service Awards
November 17, 2010 ISSA is pleased to congratulate the companies that were voted by their customers as having provided the best customer service among all exhibitors at the ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2010 trade show, held in Orlando, FL’s Orange County Convention Center, November 9-12.

Distributors, building service contractors, and in-house service providers who attended ISSA/INTERCLEAN cast their ballots for the Best Customer Service Awards.

The program was expanded this year to include 10 companies with booths 300 square feet or less and 10 with booths 400 square feet or more. Companies were grouped in five product categories: Chemicals; Disposables; Power Equipment; Supplies & Accessories; and Other Products, Services & Technology. The winners were chosen out of this year's more than 600 exhibitors.

Voters were asked to write in their choices based on which companies’ staffs best met attendee needs, answered questions, offered solutions, or provided an outstanding interaction when attendees visited the exhibitors’ booths.


JANUARY 22, 2010

Milwaukee Center for Independence:

Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI):  a non-profit community-based organization, has been responding to the increasing and changing needs of the special needs population since 1938. More than 50 innovative programs and services, led by certified, experienced and professional staff, assist people of all ages - from infants to senior citizens - to reach their personal goals. Today MCFI's programs touch more than 10,000 lives each year.

"Certificate of Appreciation" from MCFI

January 22, 2010

National Tissue Company received the "Certificate of Appreciation" from MCFI.

National Tissue currently employees 10 MCFI achievers.


MARCH 19, 2010

"Business Person of the Year" Award Winners

Mike Graverson, President
National Tissue Company


Julie Graverson, Paper Procurement & Customer Service
National Tissue Company

Cudahy Chamber of Commerce:  is a nonprofit membership organization with a mission to attract, develop and retain business. The members are a diverse group with interesting business backgrounds and experiences that are shared to promote networking and growth.

In addition, they monitor, and have a voice in public policy to advocate a better business environment in Cudahy on state and local levels. The Cudahy Chamber of Commerce announced their choice for "Business Person of the Year" on March 19, 2010.



National Tissue Announces
New Royale Center Pull

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