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MANUFACTURING

// Boise Paper's paper mills are located in
Jackson, Ala., International Falls, Minn., and
Wallula, Wash.

orders a few times a month then ship
directly to customers. Customers were
more willing to wait for delivery and
maintained their own inventory levels to
cover the time between when the order
was placed and the paper arrived.
That system no longer works in a
world where clients are unwilling to
incur inventory cost and require justin-time delivery. Boise Paper now must
maintain its own stockpiles to fulfill
customer demand. "We've gone from almost having no inventory to having large
amounts of inventory," he says. "But at
the same time, we're able to keep costs
down in the supply chain because we
ship to our 25 third-party [distribution
centers] by rail boxcar and we're able to
keep inventory there for our customers."

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A small amount of inventory is
still kept at Boise Paper's three paper
mills in Jackson, Ala., International
Falls, Minn., and Wallula, Wash., but
most of the company's stock is held at
third-party warehouses.
The company utilizes a sales, inventory and operations planning (SIOP)
process to project market demand and
determine what products each mill will
be responsible for producing.
Once the product arrives at the
third-party warehouse, Boise Paper
continues to oversee the inventory
remotely but the third-party provider
is responsible for picking, staging and
shipping the product out to customers.
Before a shipment goes out, Boise Paper
reviews the scan and ensures that it

matches the order to create a manifest
for the TMS system. Rail might be the
primary method to move paper over long
distances, but the immediate area surrounding mills and distribution centers
is reliant on truck transport. Boise Paper
utilizes an in-house fleet, called Boise
Trucking, at all three of its mills and at
some dedicated distribution centers.
Increasing Visibility
The acquisition of Boise Paper by
PCA has had a major impact on the
subsidiary's operations by improving
the reliability and quality of our paper
machines. PCA has been very supportive in helping Boise Paper maintain its
service levels to its key customers. "Our
supply chain has always been one of


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