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Every story has a beginning. Ours began in 1848.

Back then, a fellow named Henry Potter Burt founded Burt, Boulton Holdings Ltd. in England. His company specialized in treating lumber from decay, and boomed as demand for railway ties and wharf pilings grew in Europe and North America. This steady growth led to the founding of a new company, Dominion Tar and Chemical Company, Ltd., in 1903. Dominion Tar’s first venture was a coal tar distillation plant in Nova Scotia. As Canada’s economy industrialized, the plant produced more products and the company grew rapidly.

Shortly after the First World War started in 1914, the company established its head office in Montreal, Quebec. In 1929, Dominion Tar and Chemical Company, Ltd. was incorporated as a Canadian company and offered shares for public sale.

Over the years, it grew to become one of Canada’s largest companies, with widely diverse business interests, including chemicals, consumer products, construction materials, kraft and fine paper, newsprint, containerboard and packaging.

In 1965, Dominion Tar and Chemical Company, Ltd. became known as Domtar Ltd. In 1977, sales in the company passed $1 billion (CDN) for the first time, and the company continued operating as Domtar Inc.

In the 1990s, Domtar made pulp and paper its core business and grew through acquisitions in the United States and Canada.

In 2007, Domtar combined operations with the fine paper business of Weyerhaeuser to form Domtar Corporation, which became the largest integrated manufacturer and marketer of uncoated paper in North America and the second largest in the world.

Looking for innovative ways to build growing businesses, Domtar created its Personal Care division through multiple acquisitions and investments between 2011 – 2014. The division manufactures, sells and distributes absorbent hygiene products across the globe.

Nearly two centuries after those humble beginnings in 19th century England, Domtar currently employs nearly 10,000 dedicated people around the world and is a proud member of the Fortune 1000. The rest is not only history, but history in the making.


  • 1848: Burt, Boulton Holdings, Ltd. founded
  • 1903: Name changed to Dominion Tar and Chemical Company, Ltd.
  • 1914: Head office established in Montreal, QC
  • 1929: Dominion Tar and Chemical Company, Ltd. incorporated in Canada as a public company
  • 1965: Company became known as Domtar, Ltd.
  • 1977: Company continued operating as Domtar, Inc.
  • 1990’s: Domtar made pulp and paper its core business
  • 2007: Combined with Weyerhaeuser to form Domtar Corporation
  • 2011 - 2014: Strategic acquisitions of Attends, Attends Europe, AHP, Indas and EAM to form the Personal Care division
  • 2016: Acquired Home Delivery Incontinence Supplies Co. (HDIS) to join the direct-to-consumer market in Personal Care

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