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Week of 19 February 2018: Transportation Optimization

Week of 19 February 2018: Transportation Optimization

I was introduced to "Just-in-Time" manufacturing concepts sometime in the mid-1980s--over thirty years ago. At that time, this meant that suppliers of paper products were supposed to keep warehouses full of product made to customers' specifications and deliver it to them on a moment's notice. We kept it on our books, assumed the liability for its potential damage or loss and owned the warehouses. Some savings! In the years since then, mills have clawed back some of the costs that were transferred to them by their customers during this trend...

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Week of 12 February 2018: Using Transportation Costs as a KPI

Week of 5 February 2018: Autonomous Closer

Week of 29 January 2018: Capital projects are often political

Week of 22 January 2018: Negotiation Enthusiasm

Week of 15 January 2018: Does converting old assets make any sense?

Week of 8 January 2018: Desperation in Procurement

Week of 1 January 2018: Capital Projects Month

Week of 25 December 2017: The never-ending misperceptions

Week of 18 December 2017: The Clean Energy Report

Week of 11 December 2017: Has the base case changed since 2010? Not by much if at all.

Week of 4 December 2017: A reminder

Technology

Mono Ammonium Phosphate usage in the tissue industry

Mono Ammonium Phosphate usage in the tissue industry

MAP can be very beneficial in protecting the yankee surface and establishing a good yankee organic coating.

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Tissue Technology

A three point stickies control strategy...

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Spotlight

Norpac draws ire of publishing industry over paper tariffs

Norpac draws ire of publishing industry over paper tariffs

Norpac has come under fire from the U.S. publishing industry for its trade petition against Canadian papermakers.

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As the world turns against plastic, paper giant Smurfit Kappa sees 'huge opportunity'

As the world turns against plastic, paper giant Smurfit Kappa sees 'huge opportunity'

In an interview, Mayer said: "I remember a time when a plethora of our clients' products were packaged wholly in cardboard, before the top half became a plastic sheet and the bottom half remained cardboard. In light of consumer, political and environmental pressure, those days are coming back and we eye an opportunity when it comes to meeting this demand."

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Stora Enso to supply wooden constructions for Finland's tallest wooden high-rise building

Stora Enso to supply wooden constructions for Finland's tallest wooden high-rise building

The launch of LineoTM by Stora Enso is another important step on the way to replacing fossil-based materials with renewable solutions. Lineo is available to companies seeking more sustainable, bio-based alternatives.

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Packaging Corporation of America: One year since catastrophic explosion in DeRidder killing three

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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One injured after Glatfelter workplace accident in Chillicothe, Ohio

One person is injured following a workplace accident at the Chillicothe Glatfelter Tuesday.

Worker's quick thinking saves Sofidel warehouse after toilet paper catches fire

A forklift operator's quick thinking saved a Sofidel warehouse from going up in flames...

International Paper worker killed in accident

Officials with the NC Department of Labor say a worker at International Paper in Riegelwood was killed after his vehicle hit a logging truck early Wednesday morning.

Potlatch and Deltic Timber complete merger

PotlatchDeltic Corporation announced the successful completion of the previously announced merger of Potlatch Corporation with Deltic Timber Corporation in an all-stock transaction, creating a leading domestic timberland owne...

Georgia-Pacific to build new $135 million mill east of Augusta, Ga.

Georgia‐Pacific is building a new $135 million lumber mill east of Augusta, Ga.

McKinley Paper puts retooling plans on hold at former Nippon Port Angeles mill

McKinley Paper Co. has put on hold plans to retool the Nippon Paper Industries USA paper plant it purchased almost a year ago for manufacturing cardboard linerboard, a company official said Monday.

Kimberly-Clark taking Wisconsin tax credit proposal "into consideration"

Kimberly-Clark says it is taking Wisconsin's job tax credit proposal into consideration after announcing plans to close two facilities in the Fox Valley.

Arsonists burn trucks, heavy machinery in southern Chile

The area is the heart of Chile's important forestry and paper industry, and the trucks and machinery used by local businesses have often been the target of arson attacks and hijackings.

Leading Stories

One injured after Glatfelter workplace accident in Chillicothe, Ohio

One injured after Glatfelter workplace accident in Chillicothe, Ohio

One person is injured following a workplace accident at the Chillicothe Glatfelter Tuesday.

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Worker's quick thinking saves Sofidel warehouse after toilet paper catches fire

Worker's quick thinking saves Sofidel warehouse after toilet paper catches fire

A forklift operator's quick thinking saved a Sofidel warehouse from going up in flames...

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International Paper worker killed in accident

International Paper worker killed in accident

Officials with the NC Department of Labor say a worker at International Paper in Riegelwood was killed after his vehicle hit a logging truck early Wednesday morning.

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Potlatch and Deltic Timber complete merger

Potlatch and Deltic Timber complete merger

PotlatchDeltic Corporation announced the successful completion of the previously announced merger of Potlatch Corporation with Deltic Timber Corporation in an all-stock transaction, creating a leading domestic timberland owner and top-tier wood products manufacturer.

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Georgia-Pacific to build new $135 million mill east of Augusta, Ga.

Georgia-Pacific to build new $135 million mill east of Augusta, Ga.

Georgia‐Pacific is building a new $135 million lumber mill east of Augusta, Ga.

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McKinley Paper puts retooling plans on hold at former Nippon Port Angeles mill

McKinley Paper puts retooling plans on hold at former Nippon Port Angeles mill

McKinley Paper Co. has put on hold plans to retool the Nippon Paper Industries USA paper plant it purchased almost a year ago for manufacturing cardboard linerboard, a company official said Monday.

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Kimberly-Clark taking Wisconsin tax credit proposal "into consideration"

Kimberly-Clark taking Wisconsin tax credit proposal

Kimberly-Clark says it is taking Wisconsin's job tax credit proposal into consideration after announcing plans to close two facilities in the Fox Valley.

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Arsonists burn trucks, heavy machinery in southern Chile

Arsonists burn trucks, heavy machinery in southern Chile

The area is the heart of Chile's important forestry and paper industry, and the trucks and machinery used by local businesses have often been the target of arson attacks and hijackings.

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Report speculates Sofidel will build facility in Oklahoma

Report speculates Sofidel will build facility in Oklahoma

Officials have declined to disclose the name of the company, but Public Service Company of Oklahoma last month sold 240 acres of the site it proposed decades ago for the Black Fox nuclear power plant to Sofidel America Corp., an Italy-based company that specializes in tissue paper production, land records show.

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Fire at WestRock facility in Virginia

Fire at WestRock facility in Virginia

Firefighters spent hours Friday morning putting out a pesky fire at a WestRock facility in Hopewell when bales that caught fire at about 5 a.m.

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Fibria confirms talks with Suzano over 'alternative strategies'

Fibria confirms talks with Suzano over 'alternative strategies'

Fibria Celulose SA said Suzano Papel e Celulose SA representatives have contacted its controlling shareholders to discuss "alternative strategies" for the companies, according to a securities filing on Monday.

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Wisconsin governor: 'Hard to tell' whether Kimberly-Clark will take tax deal to keep facilities open

Verso to restart Jay, Maine paper machine, hire 120 people

Appvion workers learn their employee stock is likely worthless

Wisconsin lawmakers announce bill aimed at saving Kimberly-Clark jobs

Federal judge rules in favor of state of Wisconsin in Fox River cleanup case

American Greetings announces new majority owner

Klabin acquires interest in Israeli startup

Lawsuit: Woman fired for drawing attention to scheme allowing RR Donnelley to short USPS millions

Andritz successfully starts up tissue machine with the world's largest steel Yankee dryer in Brazil

Company Says It Will Bring 100 Jobs To Former Millinocket Paper Mill Site

Industry News

Boise Paper launches new digital papers program

Boise Paper launches new digital papers program

Boise Paper, a division of Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), announced a new program to deliver rolls and sheets specifically intended for use in commercial grade digital printers.

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RAPP Steps Up Measures to Prevent Forest Fires

RAPP Steps Up Measures to Prevent Forest Fires

Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper, the company that produces PaperOne office paper, sold in more than 70 countries, at its 1,750-hectare manufacturing complex in Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau, is stepping up measures to prevent and control forest fires in its concession area.

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Håkan Larsson to leave Södra

Håkan Larsson to leave Södra

Håkan Larsson, Director of Strategy, has decided to start his own consulting business and will therefore be leaving Södra on 1 March.

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Businessman who tried to buy Old Town mill continues lawsuit

Businessman who tried to buy Old Town mill continues lawsuit

A Cape Elizabeth businessman who tried unsuccessfully to purchase the Old Town mill wants compensation for his efforts to line up the failed deal.

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Rayonier Advanced Materials Announces Plan to Add Two New Independent Directors to Board

Rayonier Advanced Materials Announces Plan to Add Two New Independent Directors to Board

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. announced that the Company plans to add two new independent directors to its Board of Directors at the upcoming 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, to be held on May 21, 2018.

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Domtar pulp mill back up and running

Domtar pulp mill back up and running

Unifor says it's working with paper producer Domtar Corp. to find solutions to staffing levels that have forced a temporary shutdown of its pulp mill in northern Ontario.

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Suzano Pulp and Paper to acquire wood and land in São Paulo, Brazil, from Duratex

Suzano Pulp and Paper to acquire wood and land in São Paulo, Brazil, from Duratex

Suzano Pulp and Paper announced an agreement to acquire wood and land owned by Duratex in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.

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U.S. demand for Canadian softwood lumber expected to remain high

U.S. demand for Canadian softwood lumber expected to remain high

Growth in demand could outstrip increase in supply for next 18 to 36 months.

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Unifor: Staffing levels, safety concerns lead to Domtar pulp mill shutdown

Unifor: Staffing levels, safety concerns lead to Domtar pulp mill shutdown

Unifor says it's working with paper producer Domtar Corp. to find solutions to staffing levels that have forced a temporary shutdown of its pulp mill in northern Ontario.

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Furious Kimberly-Clark workers vent about planned mill closures in Fox Cities

Furious Kimberly-Clark workers vent about planned mill closures in Fox Cities

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin listened on Friday afternoon to Kimberly-Clark Corp. employees facing layoffs, and the group collectively shed some tears.

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Enviva Completes Acquisition of South Carolina Wood Pellet Plant

Enviva Completes Acquisition of South Carolina Wood Pellet Plant

Strategic investment will help Enviva meet growing demand for biomass energy, support manufacturing jobs in rural Southeast.

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Noteholder seeks bankruptcy examiner to investigate Cenveo

APP eyes India for possible mill

Fair Work Commission to rule on strike at Australian Paper

Cenveo Announces Management Appointments

School lunch contract boosts production at plate making Huhtamaki facilities

Wet end rebuild for Sappi Gratkorn Mill in Austria

DowDuPont to transfer up to 150 employees to Delaware

AF&PA "Encouraged" by EPA's Announcement Regarding Work on Carbon-Neutral Biomass Policy

Stora Enso launches bio-based lignin as renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials

International Paper Named One Of The 2018 World's Most Ethical Companies By The Ethisphere Institute For The Twelfth Year

Cooking plant rebuild and new brown stock washing equipment for Smurfit Kappa kraftliner mill in Piteå, Sweden

UPM Raflatac launches new white plant-based PE film for home and personal care applications

A random walk with Gene

I tell our 15 year old student: If you are only focused on athletics, your life is half over!

I tell our 15 year old student:  If you are only focused on athletics, your life is half over!

My biggest concern today is kids and parents who focus too sharply on athletics, as if their children's talents are going to carry them through the rest of their lives. The kids then assume this attitude at the expense of academics.

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Tricks of the trade

Irreconcilable?

Being a parent

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

PPRC Brings Concerns to Capitol Hill, Washington Decision Makers During Annual Fly-In

PPRC Brings Concerns to Capitol Hill, Washington Decision Makers During Annual Fly-In

As the saying goes, "If you're not at the table, you're probably on the menu." That's why we are here.

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Why We Need Millennials In Manufacturing Jobs Now

Why We Need Millennials In Manufacturing Jobs Now

The conventional wisdom seems to say that a traditional college education and an apartment in the city are the key ingredients for professional success in the modern economy. But that's not necessarily the case. Opportunity abounds in American manufacturing, especially outside the nation's biggest cities. America's young people should consider seizing it.

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Greenpeace: Your right to stand for forests is under attack -- again

Greenpeace: Your right to stand for forests is under attack -- again

"If it seems like we've been talking about lawsuits a lot lately, it's because we have."

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Renewal concerns every one of us

Renewal concerns every one of us

Over the past five years, Metsä Group's wood supply has developed from a purchaser of wood into Finland's best provider of forest services.

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January 2018

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December 2017

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November 2017

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Energy & the Environment

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