Who We Are
Athens Paper Company, Inc. is a privately owned company founded in 1952 with headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. W. Donald Jenkins, Jr. and M.H. (Bud) Chamberlain, Jr. purchased the company in 1968 and managed the company together until Mr. Chamberlain’s death in 2005. Mr. Jenkins remains active in the business serving as chairman of the board. He and his family are now 100% owners of the company.
The company has grown from one office in Nashville to twelve warehouse locations in seven states today. Athens is now one of the largest privately owned paper distributors in the Southeast. From its inception Athens has been built on a foundation of experienced, knowledgeable sales representatives, broad inventory lines with the finest paper manufacturers in the world and a single-minded dedication to world class customer service.
Athens Paper consists of four distinct business segments-fine paper, wide format products, industrial and packaging, and publishing. The business is organized into two operating divisions, Merchant and Publishing. The Merchant Division includes 12 warehouse locations supporting the local print community and other businesses throughout the Southeast. In most of these locations, Athens has the largest local inventories of any distributor in the area enabling its customers to quote any size job with confidence knowing that the paper will be available, on time whether the job calls for a carton or a truckload of paper.
The Publishing Division specializes in the development of paper programs with a focus on a national customer base. This Division functions as a separate business from the Merchant Division and has its own sales force and a dedicated sales service center with sales offices located in Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, and New York.
The growth of Athens Paper Company has been a story of success built on a philosophy of great service to its customers and doing things the right way for its suppliers, employees and financial partners. The leadership and people that comprise Athens Paper are totally committed to this path as it seeks even more ways to be of service and support in the future.