Tissue360 - Fall/Winter 2015 - (Page 19)

feature Lincoln P&T Turns Adversity into Opportunity Company makes parent rolls for tissue and towel converters, but its strength is unique deep-dyed tissues and bonded products TEXT AND PHOTOS BY ROBERT PUHR TM8 at Lincoln Paper & Tissue. This started out to be a story about a tissue producer running a trial forming fabric and experiencing great results. But how the fabric got on the machine in the first place is also an interesting story - and tells more about this unique mill. The tissue producer is Lincoln Paper & Tissue (LP&T) in Lincoln, Maine, USA, a small independent that, like many, has been buffeted by the economic winds of the past decade. But, turning adversity into opportunity is a hallmark of successful companies. LP&T is no exception. The adversities were notable. The mill was purchased out of bankruptcy in 2004. New financing was put in place in 2005, and a new tissue machine was ordered in 2006. As Keith Van Scotter, president and CEO of LP&T, explains, "Restarting the mill required cultural and operational changes. We've taken some body blows on our journey." Van Scotter is an industry veteran, having participated in the production of all grades of paper during his years at MeadWestvaco, Fraser Papers, Boise Cascade, Union Camp, and Weyerhaeuser. One of the body blows that Van Scotter refers to was the November 2013 smelt explosion in the pulp mill's recovery boiler. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but the outcome was the closure of the pulp mill, requiring LP&T to purchase its kraft pulp. Two uncoated freesheet paper machines were also shut down. This would be enough to throw any management team off its game. But LP&T seized the opportunity to start anew, revamping its fiber procurement program, taking advantage of pipeline natural gas and rebuilding its power plant to utilize biomass, and building on its strengths in tissue and toweling. "We focus on continuously improving at a faster rate than our competition," Van Scotter says. RELYING ON SUPPLIER-PARTNERS "We try to select niches where the barrier to entry is substantial," says Dan Ludden, tissue mill manager. "Our barriers are created Tissue360º FALL / WINTER 2015 19

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Tissue360 - Fall/Winter 2015

Tissue Industry News
St. Croix Tissue Ready to Start New Mill in Maine
Lincoln P&T Turns Adversity into Opportunity
Second iT’s Tissue Attracts 1,000-Plus Visitors to Italy
Resolute’s Tissue Announcement a Sign of the Future in Tissue?

Tissue360 - Fall/Winter 2015