Soon after its founding in 1921, the Allied Paper Mills company quickly became one of the highest suppliers of book paper in the country and soon began employing hundreds of people. At the height of the company’s success, the Allied Paper Mills employed around 1500 people and had produced 2725 railroad carloads of paper in that year. (www.wikipedia.org)
With as much production and promise the company showed during its first few years, many expected Allied Paper Mills to remain a leader in the paper industry for years to come. Yet despite the initial successes of the company and being one of the biggest employers in Kalamazoo, the next 30 years of busiess for the Allied Paper Mills were not as noteworthy.