Kruger Products Holds Dedication Ceremony for Start-up of New TAD Tissue Machine
June 6, 2013 - Mr. Joseph Kruger II, Chairman and CEO of Kruger Inc., and Mario Gosselin, CEO of Kruger Products L.P., recently welcomed several distinguished guests at the Kruger Products Memphis facility at a May 22 dedication ceremony celebrating the expansion of the mill and start-up of a new "through-air-dry" (TAD) tissue machine.
Tennessee Governor, Bill Haslam, Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, Bill Hagerty, as well as several elected officials and members of local organizations were in attendance to celebrate this important milestone in the Company's development.
The $316 million project included the construction of a new building and a TAD machine, which is among the industry’s most advanced technologies for the production of premium quality tissue, Kruger said.
Through-air drying is extremely effective for increasing bulk and softness, as well as strength and absorption, the company added.
Completion of the project required over 1 million person-hours over a period of 14 months. More than 100 new employees were hired for the new production line, bringing the overall employee count to 485 at the Memphis facility which happens to be the largest industrial building in the state of Tennessee.
The Kruger Products Memphis Mill manufactures the White Cloud products, a range of tissue products sold exclusively at Walmart in the United States.
Reid Dulberger, Chief Economic Development Officer for Memphis/Shelby County; David A. Spraley, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Mario Gosselin, CEO of Kruger Products L.P.; Vinny Borello, President and CEO, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis; Mark H. Luttrell Jr., Mayor of Shelby County; Bill Haslam, Tennessee Governor; Joseph Kruger II, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Kruger Inc.; Bill Hagerty, Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development; A C Wharton, Mayor of Memphis; Dan Clarahan, Vice President, US Business Expansion, Kruger Products L.P.; Donald Cayouette, Executive Vice President, Kruger Inc.; and Jean-Yves Ouellet, Vice President, Major Projects, Kruger Inc.
SOURCE: Kruger Products