Four KapStone Paper and Packaging Employees Earn Safety Awards

Dec. 11, 2013 - KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation announced that four of its employees received safety awards at a Western-region industry conference in Portland, Oregon on December 4.

The Western Pulp, Paper & Forest Products Safety & Health Conference is the largest safety and health conference in the West targeted to the pulp, paper, forest workers and converting industries. The conference is now in its 23rd year.

KapStone award recipients are listed below, along with the names of the awards received.

  • Creighton Shaul, Yakima, Wash. container plant, who received the prestigious Jack Kirkpatrick Award for achievement and dedication to the field of safety.
  • Tommy Baker, Seattle, Wash. container plant, who received the AWPPW Washington-Alaska Safety Rep of the Year award.
  • Bruce Stoner, Longview, Wash. pulp and paper mill, who received the Safety Advocate of the Year award.
  • Shayne Bird, Twin Falls container plant, who received the Safety Professional of the Year award.

Tim Keneally, President of KapStone Container Corporation said he was very pleased with the performance of the team in KapStone's Western Region Container Division.

"KapStone as a whole has a very strong commitment to maintaining a safe work environment, and we're extremely pleased to see the outstanding example being set by these employees in our Western Region," Keneally said.

Matt Peerboom, Vice President of the Western Region Container Division, added his congratulations to the winners: "We're very proud of these employees for taking on leadership roles when it comes to safety, both at work and in the communities where we operate."

Paul Duncan, Longview mill manager for KapStone's Mill Division, was likewise pleased: "I'm very pleased with our company's showing this year at the conference, and congratulate all of our employees who won an award. The fact that so many awards were given to KapStone employees, says a lot about the individuals who received those awards, and a lot about the safety effort taking place in general throughout the company."

The Western Pulp, Paper & Forest Products Safety & Health Conference is a joint effort organized by union workers in the Western states of Oregon, Idaho, Utah, California and Washington, along with pulp and paper companies with operations in those same states, as well as governmental departments that deal with matters related to worker health and safety in the states of Oregon and Washington (OSHA in Oregon and DOSH in Washington).

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:

SOURCE: KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation