Mohawk Fine Papers receives New York Water Environment Association Industrial Achievement Award, recognized for commitment to instill environmental, water quality management goals

COHOES, New York , March 16, 2012 (press release) – Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. has been presented with the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) 2011 Industrial Achievement Award. This award honors New York State industries that have made a corporate commitment to instill effective environmental and water quality management goals. Mohawk joins a distinguished list of past award winners including IBM Corporation, Xerox Corporation, and Eastman Kodak.

Mohawk has a longstanding history of boldly pursuing and practicing sustainable methods of manufacturing. Mohawk was the first in its industry to be Green Seal certified, the first to support windpower projects through the purchase of renewable energy credits and the first to manufacture coated paper with post-consumer waste.

“Environmental responsibility is not a new concept for us. We are constantly examining our operations, asking questions and seeking partnerships to help minimize our environmental impact. We’re proud to receive this award. Each recognition we receive supports the fact that we’re committed to being part of the solution,” said Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mohawk Fine Papers.

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About Mohawk

Mohawk is North America's largest privately owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes for commercial and digital printing. Signature brands include Mohawk SuperfineÒ, StrathmoreÒ, InxwellÒ, and proprietary i-ToneÒ for digital presses. Mohawk papers are chosen for commercial printing, photo specialties and high-end direct mail. Products and samples are available through leading paper distributors and at

The company is leveraging connections in the digital, design and photo space to develop new web-based offerings: Pinhole Pro, a solution for professional photographers to create beautiful press products; Pinhole Press, a lifestyle brand for beautifully simple photo gifts; and Felt & Wire Shop, an online marketplace for social stationery, posters and prints.

This third-generation, family-owned business is constantly renewing its commitment to environmental stewardship. As the first U.S. manufacturer of commercial printing papers to match 100% of its electricity with windpower renewable energy credits and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon neutral production, its portfolio of recycled papers certified by Green Seal and the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) standards, continues to grow along with the rest of the company.


Founded in 1929 by professionals in the field of water quality as a nonprofit educational organization, NYWEA has 2,500 members statewide who historically have led the way toward state and national clean water programs. NYWEA hosts several technical conferences each year for environmental engineers, scientists, public officials and others who work in water and wastewater quality management. In addition, NYWEA sponsors a major scholarship program to encourage careers in science and engineering, publishes Clear Waters, a quarterly educational trade magazine, and supports humanitarian clean water projects. Headquartered in Syracuse, NY, NYWEA has seven regional chapters, 13 college student chapters and is a Member Association of the international Water Environment Federation (WEF). For more information, visit

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