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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."
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
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
An Interview with James Hannan
Special Capabilities at Lincoln Paper
TAPPI Journal Summaries
Dewatering Fibrous Sludge with Soy Protein
Index of Advertisers
Paper360 - May/June 2015