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American Eagle Paper Mills launches new antimicrobal paper

TYRONE — American Eagle Paper Mills of Tyrone is launching a new line of antimicrobial paper to help minimize the transmission of communicable diseases.

Paper products in the Eagle Armour suite are treated with Biomaster silver ion technology to provide antimicrobial protection for the lifetime of the paper.

“To address the need for cleaner surfaces, American Eagle Paper Mills is proud to have successfully manufactured a paper that incorporates an antimicrobial agent,” said Scott Igoe, president of American Eagle Paper Mills, in a statement. “What’s especially great about Eagle Armour antimicrobial paper is that it inhibits the growth of bacteria without sacrificing paper performance or appearance.”

Laboratory testing conducted by the Rochester Institute of Technology showed no noticeable difference in print quality between the antimicrobial treated paper versus the untreated control paper.

According to Biomaster­USA LLC, supplier of the EPA registered antimicrobial silver technology used in the Eagle Armour branded papers, silver is an element found naturally in the environment and has long been regarded as a versatile antimicrobial agent. The silver ions interact with the molecular processes within microorganisms resulting in inhibition of growth, loss of energy production,and prevention of DNA replication and new cell formation.

“Additional testing performed at an independent microbiology laboratory on the antimicrobial-treated paper demonstrated a 99.9% reduction in nonpathogenic bacteria,” said Igoe. “These papers are ideal for use in hospitals, clinics, doctor offices, dental offices, long-term care and assisted living facilities, restaurant and food service facilities, schools, offices and more.”

American Eagle Paper Mills is the leading U.S. producer of recycled uncoated freesheet papers, including office, printing and converting grades. The mill employs more than 230 people who transform 300 tons of waste each day into premium recycled papers.

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