International Paper to stop uncoated paper production at Pensacola mill
Jan. 9, 2007 - International Paper said it will discontinue production of uncoated paper at its Pensacola, Florida, mill in April or May of this year to begin the conversion
of its 350,000 ton-per-year uncoated paper machine to a 500,000 ton-per-year lightweight linerboard machine.
Originally, International Paper planned to cease uncoated paper production in July 2007 at the Pensacola mill, but the company moved up the date to
provide adequate time to complete the conversion and provide for an on-schedule startup of lightweight linerboard production this fall.
“This timeline will enable our conversion teams to complete equipment changes and employee training while delivering the project on schedule at
the lowest possible cost,” said IP senior vice president Wayne Brafford. “As we move forward, we are working closely with employees
and customers to ensure a smooth transition of the mill into a globally competitive lightweight linerboard facility.”
The machine conversion at Pensacola is part of the company's transformation plan to focus on its global uncoated papers and packaging businesses, IP said.
SOURCE: International Paper