Twin Rivers Paper Company announced that it will invest approximately $12 million at its Madawaska facility in Maine as part of a strategic realignment to focus on growth-oriented market segments and maximize productivity.
“Our industry has undergone a great deal of change in the past decade, and we must continue to innovate and position Twin Rivers for the future,” John Reichert, Chief Operating Officer for Twin Rivers.
“As part of our strategic repositioning, we have reviewed our papermaking assets and have initiated a substantial upgrade to the largest machine in the system, PM8, which will be completed in 2017. Additionally, this repositioning will result in the permanent closure of PM3 at the end of July, improving productivity across our operations,” Reichert said.
Twin Rivers about the investment
Twin Rivers plans to invest approximately $12 million in PM8 to dramatically enhance the machine’s capabilities and broaden the markets served by the largest asset in the Twin Rivers paper mill system. The rebuild will establish PM8 as one of the largest producers of lightweight technical specialties in North America, ideally positioned to support strategic growth initiatives while strengthening the company’s industry-leading lineup of hybrid and freesheet lightweight publishing grades, Twin Rivers said in a press release.
According to the company, the machine to be shut down, PM3, is one of the mill’s higher-cost machines — an older, slower and smaller machine that produces a variety of coated and uncoated grades.
“Twin Rivers does not take these decisions lightly, and we recognize they will impact employment for approximately 49 of our valued associates. We will work closely with these individuals and the unions to facilitate this transition, and provide whatever resources are available to assist them,” says Reichert.
“At the same time, we have a responsibility to make strategic decisions for the future of the Company, our approximately 1000 associates and the 5,800 people who rely on Twin Rivers’ operations across the regions in which we operate.”
The Madawaska Paper Mill produces lightweight specialty papers on five paper machines (PM3, PM4, PM5, PM7, PM8) and is part of the integrated East Papers pulp and paper complex. The products the mill manufactures are used in a variety of highly technical applications for the packaging, publishing, label and converting markets.