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Week of 30 March 15: Stop doing Maintenance!

Week of 30 March 15: Stop doing Maintenance!

Sometimes we get so caught up in doing maintenance on an existing asset that we cannot see that there is a better way. Sometimes we are trapped by the accountants and finance department--the old assets are still on the books at a ridiculously elevated value and cash is too tight to do things right. Nevertheless, you should raise a stink...

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Week of 23 March 15: Do we need ladders and platforms?

Week of 16 March 15: Maintenance Malfeasance starts at the Top

Week of 9 March 15: Do we require Managers or Technicians? Part II

Week of 2 March 15: Maintenance Month

A random walk with Gene

'Saving' trees

'Saving' trees

The other day one of my church colleagues handed out a paper. He said he printed on two sides to save trees. Some hot air dryers in bathrooms have a similar tree saving statement. I chuckled because it's like saying you're not eating corn to save a corn plant.

Headlines and safety

Personal observations of a coffee drinker

A good idea?

Headlines

Eagle Industries closes transaction of Kotkamills Oy

Eagle Industries closes transaction of Kotkamills Oy

Company appoints Markku Hämäläinen as its new CEO.

MeadWestvaco to acquire International Paper's Carolina Coated Bristols Brand

MeadWestvaco to acquire International Paper's Carolina Coated Bristols Brand

International Paper's decision to sell the Carolina brand was a result of its plans to convert the Riegelwood N.C., Mill to 100 percent fluff and softwood pulp production, thereby eliminating the manufacturing capability to produce the brand.

Worker dies after accident at QuadGraphics

MeadWestvaco and RockTenn announce executive leadership team for combined company

Federal authorities investigating chemical leak, explosion at Menasha SCA mill

Mill Town News

Company announces plans to close paper mill in Manistique, Michigan

Company announces plans to close paper mill in Manistique, Michigan

FutureMark Manistique confirmed Wednesday 18 March 2015 the company is shutting down the paper mill. FutureMark says due to large cash needs to fully reposition the mill, it will close on or around 24 March 2015.

Lawsuit considered over Glatfelter odors

Lawsuit considered over Glatfelter odors

Residents in Chillicothe, Ohio have started receiving letters from a Columbus, Ohio-based law firm that is considering bringing legal action against Glatfelter in connection with complaints of odors from the mill.

Georgia-Pacific receives local incentive to support mill improvements

Kimberly-Clark will transfer $2.5B in pension payments

R.R. Donnelley to close Nashville plant, idle 133 workers

Nip Impressions to Go

February 2015

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December 2014

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Energy & the Environment

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Perspectives

Uncoated Freesheet in Freefall

Uncoated Freesheet in Freefall

Australia manufactures about 0.6% of the world's uncoated freesheet (UFS) paper, an amount almost insignificant in the more than 53 million metric tons globally consumed each year. It was therefore surprising to see Australian Paper (owned by Nippon Paper) named and shamed as one of the companies accused of dumping into the US market.

Maintenance from a Papermaker's Perspective

Maintenance from a Papermaker's Perspective

When I began my career in the paper industry, maintenance time was viewed essentially as a mill cost which should be minimized. After all, the time spent in making repairs reduced the output from the paper machines, and the same jobs often were repeated over and over, due to incorrect procedures or the use of makeshift materials. In fact, some mill superintendents refused to shut down the machines unless absolutely forced to do so by equipment failures.

Changing Times in Canada's Pulp and Paper Industry

Changing Times in Canada's Pulp and Paper Industry

I do not have a crystal ball, but by rubbing my glass paperweight and considering the foregoing, I think that the next couple of years will see a considerable improvement in the fortunes of the Canadian pulp and paper industry.

Jim's and Steve's Book & Film Club

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Steve Roush and Jim Thompson share their literary and arts experiences...

Jim's upcoming travels

Where is Jim this week?

As I travel, I am always looking for someone to go to dinner with, share a barbeque sandwich lunch and so forth.

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