Athens Paper Company, Inc. is a privately-owned company, founded in 1952, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. The two principal owners, M.H. (Bud) Chamberlain, Jr. and W. Donald (Don) Jenkins, Jr., were previously executives for Champion Papers International, Bud being Vice President of merchandising and Don as Director of Operations.
Their travels and mill connections led them throughout the United States in the area of responsibility which involved 52 paper merchants from coast to coast. Tired of this extensive traveling and anxious to settle in one location, Chamberlain and Jenkins purchased Athens Paper Company in Nashville and opened for business on January 1, 1968.