Blandlin Paper Company was founded 1901 in Grand Rapids, Minn. Blandin became UPM-Kymmene s first North American paper milling company in October 1997. Blandlin is a subsidiary of UPM-Kymmene North America. The UPM company, which is based in Finland, is the parent to UPS-Kymmene and Blandlin. Blandlin s two paper machines have an annual capacity of about 370,000 short tons (336,000 metric tones). All paper manufactured by Blandin is lightweight coated, named for its clay-based, glossy coating that makes it attractive as a publication paper. Blandlin owns and manages approximately 194,000 acres of forest land. In 1999, Blandin earned Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification in acknowledgement of progressive environmental practices on its forest.