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In late September 2006, I received a congratulatory call
from a good friend who found out that I had accepted the position to
head TAPPI. During our conversation he asked if I thought I'd still
be at the helm when TAPPI celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015.
I didn't know how to answer him. I didn't even know where the
coffee or the restrooms were, let alone what I had truly signed on for.
Today, I can answer my friend's question easily and without hesitation: I'm still here, and loving every minute!
Soon after I joined TAPPI, I realized that I had only a superficial
understanding of the association. It was a place where standards
were set, courses were taught and conferences and trade shows were
Today, I have an infinitely greater appreciation of and respect for
our organization, which throughout its history has grown through
the efforts of terrific and talented people, great leadership and a
charter that is as relevant today as it was in 1915, when 30 individuals
decided it was time to form a group to address the technical aspects
of the pulp and paper industry.
TAPPI has come a long way over the past 100 years, and my hat
goes off to all the hard-working board and staff members who have
sailed this great ship in both good times and bad.
I'm also in awe of the sacrifices made by a multitude of TAPPI
volunteers. These people have given of themselves to improve our
industry for others. They have to be the most dedicated and passionate
group of professionals I have ever encountered.
Watching TAPPI grow and become more effective has filled me
with pride. Some accomplishments over just the past decade include:
* An impressive financial turnaround-seven straight years in
* The introduction of two highly regarded print publications:
Paper360° and Tissue360°.
* The creation of TAPPISAFE™, the first industry-supported safety
orientation and verification program.
* The merging of PIMA into the TAPPI Management Division, and
the creation of new divisions for tissue, nanotechnology, and young
* The reestablishment of the largest annual pulp and paper technical
and management conference and trade show in North America:
* The creation of the TAPPI Consulting Council.
* The expansion of TAPPI student chapters to 31 schools, the newest
being Clemson, the Rochester Institute of Technology and Clark
* The expansion of the TAPPI scholarship program that provides
$140,000 in scholarships and awards every year.
* Growth in membership, particularly in the young professional
and student categories. We now have members in 66 countries,
and more than 20 percent of our members are located outside the
* TAPPI's involvement in the Technologically Advanced Workforce
Initiative, which serves as a catalyst for collaboration between
industry, government and academia.
* A website that hosts more than 30,000 unique visitors each month
(and which will be totally revamped by the end of this year), and
an online library that gives access to more than 20,000 documents.
* Providing management services to ASPI, PIMA, NAPIM, FPS and
I'm incredibly proud of our members
and our staff for all these efforts and
Happy birthday, TAPPI. I can't wait
to see what you accomplish in your
next 100 years!
LARRY N. MoNTAGUE | TAPPI PRESIDENT AND CEo
DESIGN Sunny Goel
Editorial Director/Associate Publisher
PUBLISHER Pam Blasetti
INTEGRATED MEDIA DIRECTOR
email@example.com (352) 333-3345
LARRY N. MONTAGUE, President & CEO, TAPPI
ERIC FLETTY, VP Operations, TAPPI
KEN PATRICK, Senior Editor
MONICA SHAW, Editorial Director, TAPPI Journal
SAMANTHA GEIER, Online Exclusives Editor
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - March/April 2015
Over the Wire
TAPPI's Centennial: A Celebration 100 Years in the Making
Precision Alignment of Winders
Single-stream Waste Processing
iRoll at Irving
Fully Automated Continuous Digester
Twin Roll Press Upgrade
TAPPI Journal Summaries
Microfibrils to Transform Paper Furnish
New Energy Windfall
Power from Waste
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