News - International Paper, Riverdale Mill



News - International Paper, Riverdale Mill

News - International Paper, Riverdale Mill

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International Paper to Convert Riverdale Paper Machine  (Company news)

Conversion will Support Customer Growth and Enhance System Flexibility

International Paper (NYSE: IP) announced plans to invest approximately $300 million to convert its No. 15 paper machine at the Riverdale Mill in Selma, Ala. from uncoated freesheet to high quality whitetop linerboard and containerboard. The conversion is targeted to be completed by mid-year 2019. The investment will add 450,000 tons of annual capacity, with flexibility to shift between containerboard products.

Converting Riverdale No. 15 will position International Paper to grow its Industrial Packaging business, continue to provide attractive jobs to Riverdale team members and remain a significant supplier of uncoated freesheet in North America.

"Our customers expect us to support their growth and this machine conversion will meet their needs," said Tim Nicholls, IP's senior vice president, Industrial Packaging the Americas. "Our Industrial Packaging business continues to focus on our customers in strategic channels including our box business, domestic and export containerboard and specialty grades."

Nicholls added its Industrial Packaging mill system allows the business to optimize product mix, increase service and reduce costs. "Our system runs most effectively when there is flexibility, and this conversion will also help us define a more streamlined and balanced system overall."

As a result of the machine conversion, the company will reduce its annual uncoated freesheet capacity by 235,000 tons. The remaining machine at the Riverdale Mill will continue to produce uncoated imaging paper products.

"International Paper's uncoated freesheet business remains a strategic part of the company and we are well positioned to support current and future customer demand," said Mike Amick, Jr., IP's senior vice president, Paper the Americas & India. "This investment proactively repositions Riverdale No. 15 to serve our growing packaging business, while enabling us to optimize our North American Papers business."
(International Paper)

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International Paper to Pilot TAPPISAFE Program  (Company news)

International Paper will pilot the TAPPISAFE Program at its Selma, Ala., mill.
TAPPISAFE is a standardized safety orientation and verification program developed “for and by the industry,” and offered in partnership with the Alliance Safety Council and governed by an Advisory Committee consisting of representatives from major pulp, paper and packaging companies.
The program ensures that contractors and suppliers achieve a standard level of safety awareness before arriving at a mill.
The use of the TAPPISAFE program at the IP facility demonstrates how the industry is beginning to embrace the program. In addition, more than 20 companies have demonstrated their support for improving contractor safety.
(TAPPI Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry)

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IP Announces 100% Recycled Paper for North American Customers   (Company news)

Great White® 100 is newest product in the Hammermill® Recycled Paper Portfolio

International Paper is pleased to announce the launch of a 100% recycled paper offering, Hammermill Great White 100 to North American customers. The paper is the newest product to join the Hammermill Great White line of recycled products.
"Consumers are interested in recycled paper products, but they also want confidence in the quality and how the product performs. Hammermill Great White 100 is the best of both worlds and offers a dependable 99.99% Jam-Free Guarantee paper that has a 92 brightness. It's a great paper that runs smoothly, looks sharp, and contains 100% post consumer fiber," said Jon Ernst, International Paper vice president for Imaging Papers.
This product is produced at IP's world-class Riverdale, Ala. Mill and comes after a multi-million dollar investment into their recycled product capabilities. The Hammermill Great White 100 joins IP's 30% and 50% recycled paper offerings already available and carries the Forest Stewardship Council® certification.
The product launch coincides with the celebration of the Hammermill brand's 100th anniversary. "Hammermill is one of oldest brands in the industry because of its ability to continually evolve to meet customer needs and this product is our latest example of meeting consumers where they are in the marketplace," added Ernst.
(International Paper)