Not even the oil boom could flush Orchids Paper Products from the best performing stocks in this year's Oklahoma Inc.
The Pryor-based maker of bathroom tissue, paper towels and napkins is No. 3 — the third-best performing publicly traded stock in the state in 2012. It was No. 28 last year. The company has landed in the top five as often as not since debuting on the list in 2007. This year, it's one of just two non-energy companies in the top 15.
Orchids Paper is on a roll again — mostly in the private label end of the tissue paper business. It makes products sold as store brands in Walmart, Dollar General and other discount chains from huge “parent rolls” of paper also made on site in Pryor's Mid America Industrial Park. Its products also are sold under the brand names Colortex and Velvet.
Robert A. Snyder, president and CEO, just returned from Italy, where manufacturers of papermaking equipment honored Orchids Paper with an award.
In September, Dollar General awarded Orchids Paper its 2012 Pride Award for Private Label Vendor of the Year “in recognition of its innovation, dependability and excellence in its partnership with Dollar General” — chosen from all vendors, not just suppliers of paper products.
“Dollar General is a leader in its field and we are honored to be a long-term supplier to their organization,” Snyder said. “The award is a testament to the dedication of our team in achieving world class service and innovation to our customers.”
In October, Orchids Paper reported “new understandings with several retailers,” new customers as well as existing ones, that were expected to result in increased orders in the fourth quarter.
Combined with previously reported plans, shipments in the last quarter of this year should be 17 percent higher than in the second quarter and will be reflected in results in the first quarter of 2013, Snyder said.
“The addition of this new business is primarily the result of continued success in our new product and market development efforts to further penetrate mid-tier market opportunities,” he said.
Those successes came this fall. Orchids Paper's spot at No. 3 in Oklahoma Inc. was based on a year's worth of data ending June 30.