Burrows Paper Slates $7 Million for Paper Machine Conversion Project in New York

Jan. 24, 2014 - Burrows Paper yesterday announced plans to shut down a paper machine in July and reuse the machine's components and space to enhance the productivity and efficiency of an adjacent paper machine at the company's Mill Street paper mill in Little Falls, New York.

The project, which is estimated to cost about $7 million, is part of the company's “Innovate and Invest” global strategy.

Rose Mihaly, President and Chief Operating Officer, said the investment will both advance Burrows market position and yield operational efficiencies.

“In July, Burrows will shut down its 90-inch wide paper machine, PM2, and begin repurposing the machine components and space to the adjacent paper machine, PM3, at the same facility. By dismantling and redeploying the smaller paper machine, we will realize a series of improvements including better traffic flow, safety enhancements, increased productivity on PM3, and the ability to dedicate other equipment to meet special customer requests.

“Our goal is for the transition to have little or no effect on employment levels,” Mihaly said.

“This has been a collaborative process with our union leaders, from planning to arriving at an implementation schedule. Employees assigned to PM2 [on Jan. 23] will continue as usual through later this year. During the transition, we will work closely with each person to align skills and interests with job opportunities in our Mill Street and Mohawk Valley mills, and in other Burrows facilities” Mihaly added

The upcoming machine project is similar to company investments in its Mohawk Valley mill, where an older machine was removed to allow for facility improvements, creating production efficiencies and opportunities for product development, the company said.

Following installation of new equipment this summer, Burrows will launch a new patented product for which it has already secured commercial orders.

“Our primary goal with changes of this nature is to implement improvements while ensuring uninterrupted service to customers,” Mihaly said. “That starts with our outstanding employees who understand customer expectations and reliance on Burrows products.”

Burrows Paper noted that it was awarded grant funding from the Empire State Development Corporation and NYS Excelsior Jobs program tax credits to support the expansion project.

Bill Burrows, Chairman and CEO, stated, “We appreciate the support of local and state economic development efforts that recognize the value of New York State's manufacturing sector.”

The conversion and expansion project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

Burrows Paper Corporation operates four paper mills and five packaging converting facilities in located in: New York, Ohio, Nevada, Iowa, Mississippi, The Netherlands, and China. The company produces light weight specialty paper and Machine Glaze and Machine Finish paper grades for a variety of uses such as medical and food packaging. To learn more, please visit: For more information, visit www.burrowspaper.com.

SOURCE: Burrows Paper Corporation