Brian French, the sixth generation, is the latest to join a family history in the French Paper company which began in 1871.
Prior to that, “my great-great-great-grandfather was running a paper mill for another company,” French said, which led him eventually to Three Rivers and to Michigan Pulp and Paper.
“He eventually took it over and purchased it,” he said. And in 1871, J.W. French started French Paper Company in Niles, Michigan.
Fast forward 140 years and one might expect the era of email, text messages and Facebook to have hit the paper-making industry pretty hard.
The company itself acknowledges the changes in industry in a special promotional printing that gives a brief history on the business.
“While other mills are closing, selling and merging, we’re still family-owned and operated,” it states. And still growing.