Created as a partnership for forestry research in 2000 by WestRock (previously MeadWestVaco), International Paper and Rubicon (Fletcher Challenge), now produces the largest number of both conventional and advanced genetic tree seedlings in the world. ArborGen’s work represents the integration of many of forestry’s leading seedling research and production companies into a single company, providing seedling solutions to landowners of all sizes. The predecessor companies include International Paper, Champion, Mead WestVaco, CellFor, Carter Holt Harvey and Fletcher Challenge. With world headquarters in Ridgeville, S.C. housing world class forestry research, ArborGen has seven nurseries, six orchards and additional facilities to distribute seedlings throughout the southeastern United States. Current product development includes research to find improved growth rates, yields, stress tolerance, disease resistance and wood quality.