Kapstone's Longview Pulp and Paper Mill Eclipses One Million Safe Hours Worked

KapStone's Longview mill has capacity to produce 1.6 million tons/year of pulp and 1.3 million tons/year of kraft paper and containerboard.

Sept. 6, 2013 (Press Release) - KapStone Kraft Paper Corporation's mill in Longview, Washington, recently eclipsed one million safe hours worked and now has its sights set on surpassing the two million safe hours worked milestone, one day, one decision at a time.

It was the second time in as many years that the mill, one of the largest, most complex pulp and paper mills in the nation, surpassed one million safe hours worked. The mill exceeded the one million safe hours worked milestone for the second time on Aug. 14, 2013.

Mill Manager Paul Duncan credits the mill’s evolving safety culture with the achievement. "Here, safety is more than a priority; it is a value, a way of life. Priorities can change, values do not," Duncan said.

Duncan said mill employees continually work to be safe, each day, every day. "Even with all we’ve accomplished, we know that we are only as safe as our next decision," he said. “This is why, as we go forward, we will continue to hold safety as a core value and a prerequisite for work.’’

About 1,028 people work in the KapStone Longview mill.

Formerly part of Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging, Inc., the mill and other Longview assets were purchased by KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. on July 18, 2013, from Brookfield Asset Management Inc. of Toronto.

The mill is the only U.S. producer of high-performance extensible multiwall sold into global markets, and is a leading manufacturer of high quality containerboard and specialty kraft papers.

The KapStone Longview mill has capacity to produce 1.6 million tons/year of pulp and 1.3 million tons/year of kraft paper and containerboard.

The mill's five paper machines include PM 5, 11 and 12, producing kraft paper grades and PM 7 and 10 making containerboard. PM 12 is the last new kraft paper machine installed in North America in 1990.

Headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation is a leading North American producer of containerboard, unbleached kraft paper products, and corrugated products. The company operates four paper mills and 22 converting plants located throughout the United States. The business employs approximately 4,500 people. For more information visit: www.kapstonepaper.com.

SOURCE: KapStone Kraft Paper Corporation