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The Rise of Giants
In April, a number of talented individuals in our industry
received awards during a record-setting TAPPI PaperCon2015 conference in Atlanta.
Again this year, the awards spanned a wide range of achievements
and levels of experience, from scholarship winners just beginning
work, to individuals whose distinguished careers have done honor to
themselves and the industry. In the main article in this issue you'll find
a description of these individuals, including an interview with James
Hannan, CEO of Georgia-Pacific, this year's Executive of the Year.
In past award ceremonies I've often heard people, when accepting
awards, say in a self-effacing way, that they have succeeded by "standing on the shoulders of giants."
This expression, most often attributed to Isaac Newton, who in
1676 said, "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of
giants," suggests that an individual's achievements are only possible
because of the efforts of those who have gone before.
Recognizing the "giants" of the pulp and paper industry was
especially timely this year, as TAPPI was also celebrating its 100th
anniversary. While planning for this event, a number of us had the
opportunity to immerse ourselves in the history of our industry from
the formation of TAPPI in 1915.
As our group pored over old documents and photos, we read of the
exploits of a number of those "giants," many of whom were involved
with TAPPI during their careers; people like Charles Herty, who had
the novel idea of making newsprint from southern pine, and George
Tomlinson, who invented the single drum recovery boiler, which made
it possible to recover and regenerate most of the chemicals used in kraft
pulping, and Johan Richter, who invented the continuous bleaching
process and continuous digester, just to name a few.
Since those giants have trod the trails of our industry, many new
names have been added to the roster of exceptional individuals and
have been recognized by TAPPI with its annual awards.
Looking back is also an occasion to look forward. As the industry
looks for new directions driven by a changing society, new individuals
in brand new fields of endeavor, like bio and nano, begin to take the
stage. And in their hands they hold the hope of thousands.
In the U.S. alone, our industry employs about 900,000 workers
and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states.
That's a lot of people working to maintain the lifestyle we live today
and to develop new uses for cellulose-based materials in the future.
As we consider the giants of the past, it is comforting to know that
there are individuals working hard to become the giants of today
CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF ACHIEVEMENT
As part of TAPPI's centennial celebration, a coffee table book
was produced that chronicles TAPPI and the industry beginning in
1915, through war years and depressions, to the present and into the
future. To own this piece of history go
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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