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Week of 19 August 2019: Pulp Rats 2019--Third Week:  Fos in the Supply Room

Week of 19 August 2019: Pulp Rats 2019--Third Week: Fos in the Supply Room

In our mill, all the workers wear uniforms and have badges, that is a picture of themselves on a piece of plastic that has their name on it. I found one of these one day and tried to eat it. Not very good and it gave me a tremendous stomachache. Anyway, there is this large room where parts and supplies are kept. Most of the time, an employee is stationed at the door, and this employee retrieves materials for other employees that ask for them. This employee usually eats their lunch there, so the place is guarded all the time. This happens on all three shifts.

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Week of 12 August 2019: Pulp Rats 2019 - Second Week

Week of 5 August 2019: Pulp Rats for 2019--first week

Week of 29 July 2019: Rebuttal to column of 8 July 19, "Thoughts on the Environmental Dialogue"

Week of 22 July 2019: Other Regulatory Impacts

Week of 15 July 2019: Remember this about Regulators

Week of 8 July 2019: Thoughts on the environmental dialogue

Week of 1 July 2019: The Environment and Regulations

Week of 24 June 2019: Purchasing in the future

Week of 17 June 2019: Fine tuning the procurement function

Week of 10 June 2019: What should be the scope of the procurement function?

Week of 3 June 2019: Procurement 2019

Technology

Airmaster Aerator praised in newspaper feature

Hang a right at the fork and go over the levee on East Martin Street in West Monroe, and what you find might surprise you. A large building sits on a rise, then the gravel drive loops around two giant ponds with outbuildings and aerators. Egrets dot the edges, and a family of ducks swims by. With a heat index over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the breeze off the water is cool and inviting. You might be tempted to take a dip. Do not do that -- under any circumstances. The ponds smell deceptively, well, normal. But that's raw sewage.

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Latest IDC Survey: Customers Are on the Move to SAP S/4HANA

Business innovation goes hand in hand with business process innovation. Intelligent enterprises connect business processes end-to-end for better outcomes.

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Jim's 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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Devon Barnes (L) and Jim Thompson
Devon Barnes (L) and Jim Thompson

A visit to Advanced Coil Technology

I just love to visit our clients. Today (13 May 2019), I was visiting Devon Barnes, President of Advanced Coil Technology, LLC in Owatonna, Minnesota. Advanced Coil makes liquid-to-air coils for any application.

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Successful Road Trip to Louisiana and Texas

Jim Thompson asked to speak at Georgia Tech

Industree 4.0

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Fire at Appvion mill

Crews are responding to a possible fire Aug. 19 in Roaring Spring at the Appvion paper mill, officials confirmed.

Fire at Pratt facility

A dozen units and 60 firefighters battled smoke and flames at Pratt Industry Paper Mill.

First paper rolls off the press at reopened mill

The first paper rolled off the press Friday morning, at the site of the former West Linn mill. It has reopened as Willamette Falls Paper Company, a branch of the Vancouver-based Columbia Ventures Corporation.

Shift reductions coming to Tolko facilities in B.C. as market remains volatile

Tolko says its Armstrong, Lumby and Heffley Creek operations in British Columbia will see shift reductions as volatile conditions continue to plague the province's lumber industry.

Domtar Plymouth Paper Mill to stay in Martin County, N.C.

The company must invest $90 million into the Domtar mill, but 70 percent of the taxes on the investment will be reimbursed.

Quad to Close Retail Insert Printing Plant in Minnesota

Quad recently announced plans to close its Shakopee, Minn., retail advertising insert printing facility on or about Sept. 14, impacting approximately 140 employees. Work performed there will be consolidated into other Quad lo...

ANDRITZ acquires KEMPULP

ANDRITZ has acquired the Swedish company KEMPULP, a specialist provider of process technologies for the chemical pulping industry.

Finch Paper and French Paper Company Announce Partnership

French Paper, based in Michigan, manufactures premium custom paper for graphic arts, printing, packaging, writing, text, cover, specialty, and gift applications.

Leading Stories

Fire at Appvion mill

Fire at Appvion mill

Crews are responding to a possible fire Aug. 19 in Roaring Spring at the Appvion paper mill, officials confirmed.

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Fire at Pratt facility

Fire at Pratt facility

A dozen units and 60 firefighters battled smoke and flames at Pratt Industry Paper Mill.

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First paper rolls off the press at reopened mill

First paper rolls off the press at reopened mill

The first paper rolled off the press Friday morning, at the site of the former West Linn mill. It has reopened as Willamette Falls Paper Company, a branch of the Vancouver-based Columbia Ventures Corporation.

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Shift reductions coming to Tolko facilities in B.C. as market remains volatile

Shift reductions coming to Tolko facilities in B.C. as market remains volatile

Tolko says its Armstrong, Lumby and Heffley Creek operations in British Columbia will see shift reductions as volatile conditions continue to plague the province's lumber industry.

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 Domtar Plymouth Paper Mill to stay in Martin County, N.C.

Domtar Plymouth Paper Mill to stay in Martin County, N.C.

The company must invest $90 million into the Domtar mill, but 70 percent of the taxes on the investment will be reimbursed.

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Quad to Close Retail Insert Printing Plant in Minnesota

Quad to Close Retail Insert Printing Plant in Minnesota

Quad recently announced plans to close its Shakopee, Minn., retail advertising insert printing facility on or about Sept. 14, impacting approximately 140 employees. Work performed there will be consolidated into other Quad locations.

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ANDRITZ acquires KEMPULP

ANDRITZ acquires KEMPULP

ANDRITZ has acquired the Swedish company KEMPULP, a specialist provider of process technologies for the chemical pulping industry.

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Finch Paper and French Paper Company Announce Partnership

Finch Paper and French Paper Company Announce Partnership

French Paper, based in Michigan, manufactures premium custom paper for graphic arts, printing, packaging, writing, text, cover, specialty, and gift applications.

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Georgia Pacific puts Green Bay expansion plans on hold

Georgia Pacific puts Green Bay expansion plans on hold

Georgia-Pacific's plan to expand its operating footprint in Green Bay has been put on hold.

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Crews called to chemical fire at King's Lynn Palm Paper mill

Crews called to chemical fire at King's Lynn Palm Paper mill

A Palm Paper spokeswoman declined to comment on the matter.

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Fire Chief debating contacting Ministry over 'dangerous fires' at Cascades paper mill

Fire Chief debating contacting Ministry over 'dangerous fires' at Cascades paper mill

Quinte West Fire Chief John Whelan says ongoing fires at Trenton's Norampac paper mill are dangerous and he is contemplating calling the Ministry of Labour.

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Former pulp and paper mill in Fort Frances, Ont., could produce cannabis, packaging

Former pulp and paper mill in Fort Frances, Ont., could produce cannabis, packaging

The former Resolute pulp and paper mill in Fort Frances, Ont., could produce cannabis or even specialty packaging materials, according to the site's new owner.

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UFPI acquires Northwest Painting

UFPI acquires Northwest Painting

Universal Forest Products, Inc. announced that one of its affiliates has acquired the operating assets of Northwest Painting, Inc.

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Have you tried the Paperitalo Supplier Directory lately?

Have you tried the Paperitalo Supplier Directory lately?

If you are looking for goods and services in the pulp and paper industry, you need to check out the Paperitalo Directory!

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Nearly 4 Years After Closing, Old Town Pulp Mill Reopens Under New Ownership

Nearly 4 Years After Closing, Old Town Pulp Mill Reopens Under New Ownership

On Tuesday, hundreds of workers and executives gathered at the Old Town pulp mill to formally recognize the site's reopening after it closed for more than 3 1/2 years.

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Document reveals sold Resolute mill can't be restarted

Conifex Announces Curtailment of El Dorado Sawmill

Georgia-Pacific considers expansion at Broadway Mill in Wisconsin

Governor announces $200M investment by Phoenix Paper in west Kentucky

Billionaire Pattison Seeks to Take Canfor Private

Mixed-use development eyed for shuttered paper mill

Industry News

Battle Over Nova Scotia Pulp Mill's Future Reflects Wider Debate About The Environment

Battle Over Nova Scotia Pulp Mill's Future Reflects Wider Debate About The Environment

For filmmaker David Craig, a new documentary depicting the fraught emotions over the future of a rural Nova Scotia pulp mill is not solely a local story.

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Smurfit Kappa Listed on FTSE4Good Index for 6th Consecutive Year

Smurfit Kappa Listed on FTSE4Good Index for 6th Consecutive Year

The FTSE4Good indices are used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products.

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Metsä Board participates in paperboard cup collection initiative in France

Metsä Board participates in paperboard cup collection initiative in France

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is one of the founding members of Alliance Gobelet Carton that was founded in the spring to organise a pilot for the collection and recycling of paperboard cups in France. The first collections with partnering restaurants will start soon.

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Ministers Agree to Work Together to Promote Canadian Forestry

Ministers Agree to Work Together to Promote Canadian Forestry

At the close of the 2019 annual meeting of the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) in Northern Saskatchewan, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) announced its support for the Ministers' commitment to work together to promote Canadian forestry and forest products to the country and the world.

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Education group urges U.S. Justice Department to block textbook merger

Education group urges U.S. Justice Department to block textbook merger

An education group seeking to increase access to college textbooks and research materials on Wednesday asked the U.S. government to block the proposed merger of textbook publishers McGraw-Hill Education Inc and Cengage Learning Holdings II Inc.

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Ottawa will not commit to federal assessment of Northern Pulp plan

Ottawa will not commit to federal assessment of Northern Pulp plan

The federal government is not committing to an environmental assessment of Northern Pulp's plans to pump treated effluent from their plant into the Northumberland Strait.

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PaperWorks Celebrates Its Growth With A Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 57-inch Seven-Color Press With Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

PaperWorks Celebrates Its Growth With A Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 57-inch Seven-Color Press With Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Capital equipment investment made at the Baldwinsville, NY facility for North American growth.

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Kruger renews lease for Gatineau paper mill

Kruger renews lease for Gatineau paper mill

The Kruger company has signed a new lease with the National Capital Commission to keep running its paper mill in downtown Gatineau, Que., and a new public park is part of the deal.

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Forest2Market, Fisher International acquired by Battery Ventures

Forest2Market, Fisher International acquired by Battery Ventures

Battery Ventures, a global technology-focused investment firm, announced that it has acquired two companies: Forest2Market, Inc. a firm supplying data, analytics, supply chain expertise and strategic consulting services to the global forest products industry; and Fisher International, Inc. a firm supporting the pulp and paper industry with business intelligence and strategy consulting services.

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Universal Forest Products announces structure change to promote growth

Universal Forest Products announces structure change to promote growth

As of Jan. 1, 2020, the Company will be known as UFP Industries, Inc. The Company will seek to ratify the name change at its April 22, 2020, shareholder meeting.

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AF&PA Statement on Uncoated Free Sheet Paper Anti-circumvention Petitions

McGraw-Hill Continues to Rapidly Expand Access to Affordable College Course Materials for Millions of Students in the 2019-20 School Year

Norske Skog Saugbrugs granted CO2 compensation

Kohlberg closes on acquisition of Bemis Healthcare Packaging Europe; Merges with Nelipak

Sonoco Completes Acquisition of Corenso Holdings America

Pixelle to close Glatfelter Chillicothe, Ohio Family and Medical Center to all

Greif Awarded Gold Rating in EcoVadis CSR Assessment for Second Consecutive Year

UK CMA Says It Could Accept Undertakings For Liqui-Box, DS Smith Deal

Pregis Joins Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier (APASS) Network

Tax board changes mind on Expera appeal

Sonoco Releases Corporate Responsibility Report

Academic Spotlight

Q&A with N.C. State Paper Science and Engineering Junior Michael McKenzie

Q&A with N.C. State Paper Science and Engineering Junior Michael McKenzie

Close to 200 students are enrolled in the N.C. State Paper Science and Engineering program, and Paperitalo Publications was able to catch up with Michael McKenzie, a junior in the program and we asked him a few questions about his experiences at N.C. State.

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Paper Science Students Explore Personal Care Career Opportunities

Paper Science Students Explore Personal Care Career Opportunities

Paper science and engineering students from North Carolina State University saw more than just pulp and paper mills on this year's Paper International Experience (PIE) trip to Domtar's Personal Care operations in Toledo, Spain.

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UMaine, U.S. Department of Energy launch $20M wood-fiber research initiative

UMaine, U.S. Department of Energy launch $20M wood-fiber research initiative

The University of Maine and the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced a new research collaboration to advance efforts to use wood fiber in 3D printer manufacturing.

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Catching up with N.C. State Paper Science and Engineering Senior Brandon Long

Western Michigan University unveils paper manufacturing machine unique to North America

PCA CEO Kowlzan pledges $1 million, WestRock CEO Voorhees delivers keynote address at Miami University PS&E Foundation's 59th Annual Meeting

Thompson appointed Honorary Board Member, Miami University Paper Science & Engineering Foundation

Catching up with Miami University Senior Riley Docherty

Paper Science Engineers Are Always in Demand

Catching up with University of Maine Senior Elaina Gilman

A random walk with Gene

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

And how will all this affect the pulp, paper, and package industry?

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A passion for cars

TALOtech

Check out TALOtech groups on LinkedIn

Check out TALOtech groups on LinkedIn

The purpose of the TALOtech groups on LinkedIn is to provide a convenient forum for people working within the manufacturing part of this industry to share technical and operating related dialog to promote safe and competitive operations.

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Perspectives

Contributing to the Circular Economy:  The Paper and Wood Products Industry

Contributing to the Circular Economy: The Paper and Wood Products Industry

The paper and wood products industry's efforts to promote sustainable forest management, do more with less in the manufacturing process and recover products for recycling form the foundation of our contributions to the circular economy.

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Whole-tree harvesting could boost biomass production

Whole-tree harvesting could boost biomass production

This is a story of carbon choices: As societies around the world continue to move toward increased renewable energy portfolios, which energy sources do we choose?

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Putting America's forests to work on climate change

Putting America's forests to work on climate change

America's nearly 1.3 million square miles of forests absorb about 15 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions annually, storing carbon in growing trees, ecosystems and wood products.

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Paper Cups: A Responsible Consumer Choice

Paper Cups: A Responsible Consumer Choice

The first thing that sets paper cups apart from other cups: They are made from sustainably managed, renewable materials whose cultivation benefits the environment.

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July 2019

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June 2019

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May 2019

April 2019

Energy & the Environment

Energy & the Environment News

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Directed Search

Directed Search

Frustrated when you search for "pulp" and come up with "John Travolta"? This should help:

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People in the News

SCA appoints new General Counsel

Katarina Nilsson will take on her new position as of January 1, 2020.

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Changes in Huhtamaki's Global Executive team

Michael Orye, Executive Vice President, Fiber Packaging and a member of Huhtamaki Global Executive Team has decided to leave Huhtamaki to pursue other career opportunities.

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Magnus Björkman appointed President of Södra Cell

Magnus Björkman has been appointed President of the Södra Cell business area.

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Sappi appoints Mike Haws as President and Chief Executive Officer of its North American operations

Mike Haws succeeds Mark Gardner (63), a 38 year veteran of Sappi in North America, who will retire at the end of September 2019.

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Ilim Timber Germany names Michael Liche as CEO

After 9 years as CEO of Ilim Timber Bavaria GmbH and Ilim Nordic Timber GmbH & Co. KG, Carsten Doehring hands over his functions to Michael Liche and leaves the group.

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Supplier News

Kadant Black Clawson Achieve Sales Milestone with 10,000 FibreWall Screen Cylinders Sold

Kadant Black Clawson LLC, a subsidiary of Kadant Inc., announced the fabrication and sale of the 10,000th FibreWall screen cylinder.

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Voith Launches New Premium Polyurethane Roll Cover For Film Presses

With SupremeFilm, Voith is enhancing its product range for film presses with a new high-performance roll cover made from polyurethane (PU).

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ANDRITZ Launches New StrataPress SX Single-seam Press Felt Technology

International technology Group ANDRITZ has launched its new-generation "StrataPress™ SX" felt with patented, integrated single-seam technology.

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Andritz to supply PowerFluid Circulating fluidized bed boiler to TOYO in Japan

Start-up is scheduled in 2022.

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Archroma to acquire stilbene-based OBA business

Archroma India Private Limited and BASF India Limited (BIL) have signed an agreement for the acquisition by Archroma of BASF's stilbene-based OBA (optical brightening agents) business for paper and powder detergent applications.

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Andritz to rebuild OCC line in Italy

Andritz has received an order from the Italy-based paper company Cartiere del Polesine to rebuild an existing old corrugated container (OCC) line, including reject treatment, at its mill in Adria, Italy.

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