Founded in 1992, the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame (PIIHF) has honored and recognized more than 139 giants in the paper industry from around the world, whose accomplishments have truly revolutionized civilization. The PIIHF is the only one of its kind in the world and was created to foster a greater understanding of the paper industry - its values, heritage and its influence on our quality of life.
The idea of a Hall of Fame for the paper industry began when a group of current and former paper industry executives met to discuss how the giants of the industry and the importance of paper could be recognized.
In 1992, formal meetings were held with the Neenah Historical Society in Neenah, Wisconsin, to develop the concept and format for the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame, Inc. It was formally registered with the Bureau of Patents and Trademarks in Washington, D.C. in 1993.
Annual ceremonies for inducting individuals to the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame began in 1995 with six honorees. In 1999, the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame, Inc. was offered Kimberly-Clark Corporation's former Atlas Mill in Appleton, Wisconsin to serve as its home. A portion of the renovated Atlas Mill opened in March of 2005 as the Paper Discovery Center, a paper-related science and technology museum. Inside is housed the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame, which honors the esteemed paper industry honorees.
Today the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame, Inc., a non-profit organization, continues to recognize people who have made preeminent contributions to the paper industry worldwide by inducting them into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame.
The Paper Industry International Hall of Fame is always looking for qualified people who have made their mark on the paper industry.