Kinleith Mill has a production of approximately 330,000 tonnes of paper grades per year, plus 265,000 tonnes of predominantly bleached pulp. The site boasts its own cogeneration plant operated by Genesis Energy, which burns wood waste and generates approximately 40 MW used mainly on-site. The mill is Tokoroa’s largest employer, with some 450 employees and 280 additional subcontractors, mainly from ABB.
Kinleith was established as a sawmill community and dedicated timber forests serving it were planted from 1924 on, with a rail link reaching the facilities in 1952 (Kinleith Branch), and the mill itself starting work in 1953. Tokoroa was at that time mainly a service/dormitory town to the mill facilities. Kinleith was built by New Zealand Forest Products and named for the Kinleith paper mills, on the Water of Leith, Scotland by Sir David Henry KBE, who worked there during his papermaking apprenticeship.