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SMART Papers to Start Converting Operation

Dec. 17, 2009 - SMART Papers said that it has created a new standalone business called SMART Converting. Operations begin January 2010 at the company's Hamilton, Ohio headquarters.

SMART Converting will provide full-service contract converting to paper manufacturers, distributors and large printers in the Midwest, East and northern tier of the U.S. Southeast.

Key equipment includes four sheeters and six rewinders for converting uncoated and coated papers, SMART Papers said.

Embossing technologies are also available, the company added.

Laird Strand has been appointed president of SMART Converting and will oversee all operations. Strand was formerly principal and managing partner of Appleton, Wisconsin-based Progressive Converting (Pro-Con), one of the largest paper converting companies in the U.S.

“With more than 20 years of sales and operations experience, Laird is highly respected throughout the North American papermaking, merchant and printing industries,” said Tim Needham, chairman of SMART Papers.

“SMART Converting offers full service converting capabilities on any kind of coated or uncoated paper-from ultra-premium to value products,” said Strand. “We can also inventory converted sheets and rolls for our customers and deliver product within 24 hours.”

Needham said the new subsidiary will operate separately from SMART Papers, but current employees will benefit from increased employment opportunities at the new company.

Before his tenure at Pro-Con, Strand was vice president and general manager of Kempf Paper Corp., Minneapolis. He has also held sales supervisory and account management positions at Georgia-Pacific and Appleton Papers.

Strand holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, and a BA in Business Administration and Marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

SOURCE: SMART Papers




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