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Supporting the Community
It takes a team effort to build a company’s reputation in the community, and few do it better than the employees of Domtar’s Marlboro mill
omtar’s Marlboro mill is the largest employer in the rural Pee Dee region of South Carolina. Its bread-and-butter products have traditionally been copy paper, envelope and tablet grades, but today it is transitioning a large part of its production to light weight base paper as part of a recent agreement with Appleton. From the day the mill was built 22 years ago, its management and employees have understood how many direct and indirect jobs rely on the mill and just how important it is to be a good neighbor. “The mill has always been a huge part of the community,” says current VP/Mill Manager, Bill Edwards who arrived in 2006 and today oversees 340 employees, a third of whom have been at the mill since start-up and who continue to find creative ways to give back.
The Community Care Committee at Domtar, Marlboro, (l-r) Katherine Schulz, Robert Walker, Bettie Fleming, Amber Bowen, Bill Edwards, Tammy Bullock, and Kolby Stockton.
Under Edwards’s leadership, the Marlboro Mill has set records for community service as well as for safety, productivity, quality, and stewardship. Edwards minimizes his own role in these efforts and takes great pains to point out that it is the employees, not him, who deserve the credit. “I like to get involved, but what I do Bill Edwards is only a reflection of the mill and the value that these employees put on their community, and in reverse, the community is a huge supporter of the mill,” he says. According to Edwards, some activities have just grown over time while others have been added as different people become passionate about different things. “We want to keep raising the goals while making sure we don’t take on more than we can handle,” he says. Since arriving, Edwards has made a special effort to address concerns of health and wellness, education, and the arts as well as other pressing issues within the community. Employees have followed his lead which has resulted in record donations for charities such as the United Way and the American Heart Association. A large number of mill employees support the fundraising efforts of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life program, the South Carolina Department of Social Services Christmas present buying program for needy families, and the quarterly American Red Cross Blood Drive for which employees have donated more than 600 units of blood since 2007. The mill’s annual monetary donations are significant, but the amount is greatly surpassed by mill fundraising activities and individual giving, as well as through the time and talents donated by employees to different organizations.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - November/December 2012
Over the Wire
Achieving Zero Landfill of Fiber
Creating a Monument to Safety
Keeping the Paper Flowing
Transforming an Industry
Supporting the Community
David Paterson Takes the Reins at Verso
New Tissue Fabric, Felt, and Roll Cover Technology
TAPPI JOURNAL Summaries
Protecting Your Mill Against Cyber Threats
TAPPISafe Takes a Page from Other Industries
Paper360° Online Exclusives
Paper360 - November/December 2012