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millwise | lIncOln PAPeR & tISSue Special Capabilities Help Lincoln Succeed Against the Majors the company produces standard white parent rolls for tissue and towel production, but its strength is its ability to produce unique deep-dyed color tissues and bonded products that converters love to run. TExT aNd PHOTOS by rObErT PUHr (l to r) Ron Herrin (AstenJohnson), Dan Ludden (LPT) and Ralph Lichtenberg (LPT) on TM8 forming section. 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, a small independent that, like many, has been buffeted by the economic winds of the last 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 it, "Restarting the mill required cultural and operational changes. We've taken some body blows on our journey." 32 Paper360º MAY/JUNE 2015 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 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 by our service, our niche expertise and our intellectual property." One niche is LP&T's specially-bonded white tissue. Created by gluing up to four plies together during rewinding, its Hi-Ply® tissue behaves as a single ply in the converting operation. LP&T's customers have been able to speed up their equipment by a factor of three due to this patented bonding process. Another niche is the production of deepdyed tissues in a rainbow of colors. These specialty products are sought by party goods producers and food service companies that convert the parent rolls into napkins, towels, table covers and other products. The production is well-suited for LP&T's two older machines - TM6 and TM7 (each 20,000 t/a).

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - May/June 2015

Over the Wire
Centennial Wrap-Up
An Interview with James Hannan
Hydraulic Accumulators
Special Capabilities at Lincoln Paper
TAPPI Journal Summaries
Dewatering Fibrous Sludge with Soy Protein
Consolidation Watch
Association News
Online Exclusives
Index of Advertisers

Paper360 - May/June 2015