FutureMark Paper


Frequently Asked Questions


  • How many people work for FutureMark Paper Group?
    Approximately 300 people work within the FutureMark Paper Group: 160 are employed at the coated paper company in Alsip, Illinois, and 140 are employed at the uncoated paper production company in Manistique, Michigan.
  • Is FutureMark Paper Group a single company or a collection of companies?
    FutureMark Paper group is a shared brand for two independent companies: FutureMark Alsip and FutureMark Manistique. Both companies go to market under the FutureMark Paper Group brand. The two companies have distinct executive management teams and board of advisors. Each company is financially independent and have separate banking relationships.

  • FutureMark™ Alsip has announced plans to idle the Alsip mill. Will this affect FutureMark Manistique?
    FutureMark Paper group is comprised of two independent  companies-FutureMark Alsip and FutureMark Manistique-who participate in joint marketing activities to build the FutureMark brand. The FutureMark Manistique mill will be unaffected by the Alsip shutdown.


  • What products do you sell?
    FutureMark Paper Group sells high-quality printing and packaging papers that are 90% to 100% recycled.
    • Our coated publication papers, which come in a variety of basis weights and finishes up to 85 bright, are typically used to print magazines, books, catalogs and advertising circulars. FutureMark coated products average more than 90% recycled fiber content.
    • Our uncoated printing papers are offered in a variety of colors and basis weights, with brightness ratings of up to 85. FutureMark uncoated products are made of 100% recycled paper and are used in books, restaurant and retail applications and office papers such as writing pads.
    • Our packaging papers are made from 100% recycled materials.  Our container label paper, a C1S (coated on one side) sheet, is more than 80% recycled.

    FutureMark™s papers contain the highest percentage of recycled fiber for products of their type made in North America.  For more information about our products, please visit our Products page or contact us at 866.580.8325 or sales@futuremarkpaper.com.
  • Do you make 100 percent recycled paper?
    Yes.  Our uncoated printing and packaging papers are made from 100% recycled fibers. Our coated printing papers average more than 90% recycled fibers.  Several products in our popular Future Connection® family of coated papers are 100% recycled.
  • Why aren't all your products 100% recycled?
    All of our uncoated papers and some of our Future Connection coated papers are 100% recycled.  While we could make all our products from 100% recycled fiber and we're probably the only manufacturer in North America with such broad capabilities in recycled paper, we need to help our customers balance their environmental commitments with their practical, commercial printing needs. The 5% to 10% virgin kraft (new wood pulp) we put into our coated papers gives them extra brightness and strength, which most customers want and value. 
  • How much waste paper do you recycle each year?
    FutureMark typically recycles about 600 million pounds of waste paper annually, much of it collected from the Midwest, near our two production facilities.  This quantity is the equivalent of about 15 football fields buried 1 story high in paper. 
  • Does your recycled paper cost more?
    No, our high-recycled papers cost the same as similar products made with no or lower percentages of recycled content. We can do this without a recycled content "up-charge" because our manufacturing facilities are purpose-built for recycling paper. 
  • Do you use certified kraft?
    Our uncoated papers are 100% recycled and do not use any virgin kraft (fresh wood pulp). The small amounts of kraft used in our coated papers come from sustainably managed forests.  Please see our Sustainable Forestry Policy for more detail.

  • Do you publicly report your environmental data?
    Not yet, but we are preparing to do so.  In the meantime, we do provide our environmental performance data directly to qualified prospects/customers and through the Environmental Paper Assessment Tool. www.epat.org


  • Who are some of your customers?
    We work with some of the largest publishers, corporations and paper merchants in North America.  Here's a partial list:

    Burger King
    Dell Computer
    Eddie Bauer
    General Mills
    Harcourt Houghton Mifflin
    JPMorgan Chase
    L.L. Bean
    Old Navy
    Office Depot
    Outside Magazine
    Salvation Army
    Sierra Club
    Taco Bell
    Whole Foods Market

    You can find statements from some of our customers on our website’s testimonials page.