Tissue360 - Fall/Winter 2015 - (Page 19)
Lincoln P&T Turns Adversity
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
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
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