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China's scrap ban roils U.S. recycling markets, and that could be a good thing

China's scrap ban roils U.S. recycling markets, and that could be a good thing

By the start of next year, China is expected to ban imports of 24 types of recycled materials, including mixed paper and various plastics. Beijing notified the World Trade Organization about the ban in July, an announcement that has shaken up world recycling markets and triggered fears of leftover scrap being dumped in U.S. landfills.

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Smurfit Kappa Celebrates Half-Century Milestone at Dublin Plant

Smurfit Kappa Celebrates Half-Century Milestone at Dublin Plant

Smurfit Kappa's Dublin Plant is celebrating the 50-year anniversary of opening its doors. The site was the first purpose-built corrugated plant for Smurfit Kappa.

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Domtar Paper receives Governor's Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health

Domtar Paper receives Governor's Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has awarded Domtar Paper with the Governor's Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health.

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University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point sustainability proposal recognized in national contest

Rayonier Advanced Materials Completes Acquisition of Tembec

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tembec Inc.

Fire crews to remain at scene of Sofidel tissue factory blaze in Leicester all weekend

Fire crews will remain at the scene of a tissue mill blaze in Leicester throughout the weekend.

Former employee charged with arson in connection with Lincoln paper mill fires

A Lincoln man has been charged with arson in connection with fires Wednesday that destroyed a scale shed and a vacant storage warehouse at the former Lincoln paper mill.

Tolko commits to rebuild fire-damaged facility in Williams Lake

Tolko Industries Ltd. said it is committed to rebuild its Lakeview Division sawmill where a fire damaged offices in the building earlier this month, but confirmed the sawmill could remain closed until next May.

Appvion sorts out job loss details in Appleton, Wisconsin

Appvion and United Steelworkers Union representatives met Wednesday to begin discussing details of the paper company's consolidation plan that will eliminate 200 jobs in Appleton.

Columbus printing plant closing, impacting 120 jobs

Quad/Graphics Inc. is permanently closing a Columbus printing plant on Dec. 9, ending about 120 jobs.

WestRock to Upgrade Florence, S.C. Mill

Investment in new kraft linerboard machine will create state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

Solaris Paper to open in former Clearwater facility in Oklahoma

Solaris Paper Inc. is moving into the former Clearwater Paper Corp. facility. Clearwater Paper closed in November 2016.

Leading Stories

Rayonier Advanced Materials Completes Acquisition of Tembec

Rayonier Advanced Materials Completes Acquisition of Tembec

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tembec Inc.

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Fire crews to remain at scene of Sofidel tissue factory blaze in Leicester all weekend

Fire crews to remain at scene of Sofidel tissue factory blaze in Leicester all weekend

Fire crews will remain at the scene of a tissue mill blaze in Leicester throughout the weekend.

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Former employee charged with arson in connection with Lincoln paper mill fires

Former employee charged with arson in connection with Lincoln paper mill fires

A Lincoln man has been charged with arson in connection with fires Wednesday that destroyed a scale shed and a vacant storage warehouse at the former Lincoln paper mill.

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Tolko commits to rebuild fire-damaged facility in Williams Lake

Tolko commits to rebuild fire-damaged facility in Williams Lake

Tolko Industries Ltd. said it is committed to rebuild its Lakeview Division sawmill where a fire damaged offices in the building earlier this month, but confirmed the sawmill could remain closed until next May.

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Appvion sorts out job loss details in Appleton, Wisconsin

Appvion sorts out job loss details in Appleton, Wisconsin

Appvion and United Steelworkers Union representatives met Wednesday to begin discussing details of the paper company's consolidation plan that will eliminate 200 jobs in Appleton.

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Columbus printing plant closing, impacting 120 jobs

Columbus printing plant closing, impacting 120 jobs

Quad/Graphics Inc. is permanently closing a Columbus printing plant on Dec. 9, ending about 120 jobs.

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WestRock to Upgrade Florence, S.C. Mill

WestRock to Upgrade Florence, S.C. Mill

Investment in new kraft linerboard machine will create state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

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Solaris Paper to open in former Clearwater facility in Oklahoma

Solaris Paper to open in former Clearwater facility in Oklahoma

Solaris Paper Inc. is moving into the former Clearwater Paper Corp. facility. Clearwater Paper closed in November 2016.

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Canada launches NAFTA challenge of lumber duties on eve of talks

Canada launches NAFTA challenge of lumber duties on eve of talks

Canada is using a trade deal Donald Trump has threatened to scrap to formally challenge a U.S. decision to slap duties on softwood lumber.

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Paradise Papers leaks take aim at Indonesian paper firm APRIL

Paradise Papers leaks take aim at Indonesian paper firm APRIL

The global Paradise Papers leak has accused Indonesian pulp and paper giant APRIL of unethically exploiting tax loopholes through offshore shell companies and weakening environmental clauses by lenders. APRIL has rejected these claims.

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Georgia-Pacific restructuring Camas, Washington mill, eliminating 280 to 300 jobs

Suzano eyes acquisitions among tissue makers, CEO says

Sappi North America Invests $5.94 Million in Cloquet, Minn. Mill

Interfor plans to expand production at facility

Judge: KapStone illegally disciplined employee

Procter & Gamble making Puffs tissue products FSC-certified

Seven hospitalized following incident at Pratt facility

Appvion cutting 200 jobs at Appleton facility after bankruptcy

LSC Communications Acquires Quality Park Envelope Business from Cenveo

Neenah Paper Announces Corporate Name Change to Neenah, Inc. Effective January 1

Graphic Packaging Agrees to Acquire Seydaco Packaging Corp. and its Affiliates

Industry News

Legal dispute snags revitalization of Old Town mill

Legal dispute snags revitalization of Old Town mill

A prospective buyer, who hoped to sell wood-based energy to UMaine, sues over breach of contract and wants the sale to a third party blocked.

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Massive fire burns former Lincoln paper mill

Massive fire burns former Lincoln paper mill

Flames several stories high destroyed one large building and heavily damaged at least one more at the former Lincoln paper mill on Wednesday.

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Rayonier Inc. Celebrates Grand Opening of New Global Headquarters

Rayonier Inc. Celebrates Grand Opening of New Global Headquarters

Rayonier Inc. officially opened its new headquarters during a special Nassau County Economic Development Board meeting.

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Michelman Awarded Corporate Heroes Award by United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Michelman Awarded Corporate Heroes Award by United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Michelman, a global developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly advanced materials for industry recently announced donations totaling $163,886 to the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Not only is this an over 3% increase in donations from last year, it is nearly 3 times the region's average donation by company.

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Investment in Långasjö sawmill completed

Investment in Långasjö sawmill completed

Södra's investment of SEK 100 million in Långasjö has now been completed

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AF&PA Thanks Senate Finance Committee for Passing Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

AF&PA Thanks Senate Finance Committee for Passing Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued a statement regarding Senate Finance Committee passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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CR Meyer Earns Top Safety Honor

CR Meyer Earns Top Safety Honor

Oshkosh Firm Receives Highest Safety Award from Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin

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WestRock CEO Steve Voorhees Appointed to SunTrust Board of Directors

WestRock CEO Steve Voorhees Appointed to SunTrust Board of Directors

SunTrust Banks, Inc., today announced that Steve Voorhees has been appointed to its board of directors, effective January 1, 2018. Voorhees is chief executive officer of WestRock.

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Antitrust agency seeks details about Ingevity's buyout plan

Antitrust agency seeks details about Ingevity's buyout plan

Ingevity Corp. said the Federal Trade Commission asked for additional information and materials about the $315 million acquisition of a Georgia-Pacific Corp. subsidiary.

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Clearwater unveils new digester in Lewiston, Idaho

Clearwater unveils new digester in Lewiston, Idaho

Clearwater Paper in Lewiston is celebrating the culmination of two years and millions of dollars of work.

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Domtar: Report no secret

Domtar: Report no secret

Domtar says it has been forthcoming about mercury-contamination issues in the vicinity of its Dryden pulp mill as recently as last summer, contrary to some recent media and First Nation reports.

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Rottneros invests $14 million in CTMP line at its Rottneros Mill in Sweden

Smurfit Kappa opens new Experience Centre in Épernay, France

Huhtamaki invests in a new manufacturing facility in Hämeenlinna, Finland

Weyerhaeuser announces management change

AF&PA Statement on House Ways and Means Committee Passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Domtar names new mill manager

Upset paper mill workers threaten to jump in river

Cenveo Awarded 2020 U.S. Census Printing and Mailing Contract

Pampers Introduces First-of-its-Kind Flat Diaper for Premature Babies and Makes Donations to Support All US NICUs

Stora Enso delivers cloud-based intelligent packaging solutions enabled by Microsoft

Andritz to supply evaporation plant to Iggesund Paperboard in Sweden

Oil spills into Corner Brook Stream from paper mill power plant

A random walk with Gene

Tricks of the trade

Tricks of the trade

There are a lot of tricks in the auto trade, things dealers do to inexpensively improve the salability of a car. We can learn from these and apply them to our own vehicles either to improve longevity if you're keeping the vehicle or the attractiveness of the vehicle when you sell it. All it takes is a little effort.

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Random Thoughts About Teen Drivers

Irreconcilable?

Being a parent

TALOtech

Check out TALOtech groups on LinkedIn

Check out TALOtech groups on LinkedIn

The purpose of the TALOtech groups on LinkedIn is to provide a convenient forum for people working within the manufacturing part of this industry to share technical and operating related dialog to promote safe and competitive operations.

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Perspectives

Two Sides, Paperitalo Publications assisting AF&PA in raising awareness about misleading claims by Green America

Two Sides, Paperitalo Publications assisting AF&PA in raising awareness about misleading claims by Green America

We in the pulp and paper industry needs to have our voices heard, too.

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We Are American Manufacturing Jobs: My Story

We Are American Manufacturing Jobs: My Story

Every day, people around the U.S. and the world depend on our industry's products to help them communicate and inform; provide shelter and hygiene; package and deliver necessities; and capture life's memorable moments.

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Sustainable Manufacturing Produces Products People Depend On

Sustainable Manufacturing Produces Products People Depend On

Every day, people around the U.S. and the world depend on our industry's products to help them communicate and inform; provide shelter and hygiene; package and deliver necessities; and capture life's memorable moments.

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October 2017

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August 2017

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Energy & the Environment

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