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Voters Pick Domtar Fluff Pulp as ‘Coolest Thing Made in Arkansas’

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Voters have selected Domtar Corp. fluff pulp, which is made at the company’s mill in Ashdown, as the winner of the 2023 “Coolest Thing Made in Arkansas” contest.

Fluff pulp is the absorbency material that goes into baby diapers, feminine hygiene products, bed pads, meat packaging and a variety of other products. Wood chips from Arkansas loblolly pine trees are cooked to break down into wood fiber, and those fibers are cleaned, bleached, and manufactured into finished rolls that are shipped all over the world.

Once received, the rolls are run through a machine that “fluffs” the fiber sheet into individual fibers.

Voters picked fluff pulp as the “Coolest Thing Made in Arkansas” from a field of 16 products made by companies across the state.

The final four nominees included:

  • Alliance Rubber Co. of Hot Springs rubber bands, which have countless uses, from holding together U.S. military parachutes to food packaging
  • Hytrol Conveyor Co. of Jonesboro’s sliding shoe sorter, which is used by a variety of businesses to sort products
  • Southern Aluminum of Magnolia swirl tables, which are used at many venues for meetings, banquets, buffets and more

Domtar’s fluff pulp will be featured at the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce annual meeting in November.

Last year’s winner was Lockheed Martin’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, which is made at the company’s defense facility in Camden.

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