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As with PM 6 that was converted from fine paper to tissue production and started up in 2013, PM 5 will retain the headbox and the fourdrinier forming
section, with only minor modifications.

with startup of the rebuilt PM 5 scheduled
for sometime in December, before the end
of this year.
ST Tissue operations at Franklin are
owned and operated by TAK Investments of
Gaithersburg, MD, headed by entrepreneur
businessman Sharad Tak. The group also owns
the ST Paper mill in Oconto Falls, WI, which
it acquired in 2007. The Oconto Falls mill also
uses recycled fiber to produce some 70,000 tpy
of tissue parent rolls for the AfH market. It
operates two tissue machines and has nearly
100 employees.
Current operations at the Franklin mill
employ approximately 85 people. When the
PM 5 project comes online later this year, it
will employ another 50 full-time employees,
raising the total employee count at the complex
to around 135.
To gather more information about the PM 5
expansion project at Franklin, Tissue360o
magazine recently met with three of the mill's
management staff, including VP Sahil Tak;
Chris McGrath, FRP process area leader; and
D. Kasavaraman, plant engineer. The highlights of these discussions are included here.

FORMULA FOR SUCCESS
The rapid success at ST Tissue began with
the purchase of the Oconto Falls mill in 2007,
during what has been described as "troubled
times" for the mill. The ST group invested
in the mill and the people of Northeastern
Wisconsin and turned the facility around
by 2009, while growing its employee base to
some 100 full-time employees today.
Currently, the Oconto Falls mill operates
two high speed tissue machines, a recycled
fiber plant, and its own wastewater treatment
facility. It produces tissue parent rolls for
conversion to mainly bleached bath tissue,

along with some napkin and towel grades.
The mill has the capability to use 100 percent
recycled wastepaper and virgin fiber.
ST Tissue acquired its Franklin operations
in 2012 from IP after the fine paper mill
shut down in 2009. After about 10 months
of construction, it started up the PM 6 tissue
machine, producing parent rolls for towel
and napkin grades, and later this year will
be bringing PM 5 online to produce parent
rolls mainly for conversion to lightweight
towel and napkins, effectively doubling
the mill's tissue production capacity, and
taking the company from "scratch" to a

Local and State Incentives
Play Critical Role
ST Tissue's new PM 5 project will be supported by several local and state of Virginia incentives. As one key incentive, Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Isle of
Wight County and the City of Franklin to secure the project for Virginia. Virginia Governor
Terry McAuliffe approved a $167,500 grant from the Commonwealth's Opportunity Fund
to assist Isle of Wight and Franklin with the project.
ST Tissue also is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program,
administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The
company also will be eligible to receive sales and use tax exemptions on manufacturing
equipment. Funding and services to support the company's employee training activities
will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
The City of Franklin, which usually gets 17.8 percent of gross tax revenue from the facility,
has agreed to take that same percentage after the county and state's investments have
been applied, meaning that Franklin has agreed to take less in taxes.
"Virginia is one of the most forward-thinking states in terms of cultivating its business
ecosystem," said VP of ST Tissue Sahil Tak. "We witnessed it first-hand as we built our
mill in Isle of Wight in 2013 - the location, the workforce, the incentives from the state and
local communities - it all adds up to a big advantage for Virginia when vying to attract new
business. The state, and especially the community in Isle of Wight and Franklin, welcomed
this opportunity with open arms and ushered this project forward against some very tough
odds. Together we have proven that we can create manufacturing jobs here in the county,
given there is broad level support from the state, local communities, and entrepreneurs
willing to make it happen."

Sahil Tak, vice president, ST Tissue

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017

Setpoint
Tissue Industry News
ST Tissue Launches PM 5 Conversion to Tissue at Virginia Mill
Global Survey Shows Trends in Yankee Dryer Deliveries
How Will the Tissue Connection Between Europe and North America Continue?
St. Croix Tissue: The Strong Newcomer in the US Tissue Business
Sustainability is Central for Sofidel
RISI and TAPPI to Co-Produce Key Tissue Event in 2017
Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - intro
Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - cover1
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Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - 5
Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - Setpoint
Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - 7
Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - 8
Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - Tissue Industry News
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Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - ST Tissue Launches PM 5 Conversion to Tissue at Virginia Mill
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Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - Global Survey Shows Trends in Yankee Dryer Deliveries
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Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - How Will the Tissue Connection Between Europe and North America Continue?
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Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - St. Croix Tissue: The Strong Newcomer in the US Tissue Business
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Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - Sustainability is Central for Sofidel
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Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - RISI and TAPPI to Co-Produce Key Tissue Event in 2017
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