NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2005                                                                                   VOLUME 121, NO. 6

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Paper Industry International Hall of Fame Honors Industry "Innovators"

The 11th annual Paper Industry International Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on October 13, 2005 in Appleton, Wisconsin, U.S.A., as six notable paper industry innovators were added to the roster of industry icons. One of the largest audiences ever—over 400 guests—was in attendance at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel.

Bringing the total of inductees to 70, the six honorees representing the worldwide paper industry were:

Robert C. Buchanan, non-executive chairman, Fox River Paper Co., U.S.A., was inducted under the categories of leadership and entrepreneur for enhancing Fox River Paper’s position as a manufacturer of premium paper products through his approach to internal expansion and product positioning.

Professor Johan Erik Gullichsen, chairman Ahlstrom Corporation and CEO, Arhippainen, Gullichsen & Co., Hirsjarvi, Somero, Finland, was inducted in the categories of research & development, entrepreneur and academic for his innovations in the processing of pulp fiber suspensions at medium consistency. He is the recipient of more than 60 patents and has over 180 publications around the world.

Dr. Michael J. Kocurek, professor and department head of Wood & Paper Science at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A., was inducted in the academic category as one of the world’s most recognized educators in pulp and paper.

James F. Kress, chairman, Green Bay Packaging, Inc., Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.A., was inducted for his leadership abilities, leading Green Bay Packaging to manufacture in a more ecologically responsible manner.

Bruce Barton Purdy, vice president (retired) of Appleton Wire Works and director (retired) Albany International Corp., Incline Village, Nevada, U.S.A., was inducted in the technology category, for his transformation of the early 1900s wire weaving technology for paper machine clothing through his revolutionary development of an automated wire looming operation.

Dr. W. Howard Rapson, (deceased) professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was inducted posthumously for technology and may be considered to be the father of chlorine dioxide bleaching, one of the major developments in the history of the pulp and paper industry.

In addition to the induction ceremony, the Paper Hall of Fame event coincided with the second annual “Paper Days in the Paper Valley,” a four-day celebration of the Pulp and Paper Industry and a collaborative effort of the following organizations: Lake States TAPPI, North Central PIMA, Paper Discovery Center/Paper Industry International Hall of Fame, Wisconsin Paper Council, USDA Forest Products Laboratory, UWSP-Paper Science Program, and The World of Market Pulp Seminar.

The annual four-day event is designed to bring together many industry leaders for a trade fair and industry presentations. This year’s highlights included the Lake States TAPPI/North Central PIMA Fall 2005 Technical Program entitled, "Future Direction of the Paper Industry."

Rod Fisher, president of Fisher International, discussed many regional questions during his keynote speech, "A Global View of the Future of the Paper Industry from a Wisconsin Perspective." During his talk, Fisher addressed an audience of nearly 70 people, and positioned Wisconsin’s paper industry in context with worldwide competition. Other speakers addressed forest birorefinery, future fiber needs and the development of the workforce for the future.

The four-day celebration culminated with Paper Science Friday on October 14th at the Paper Discovery Center. The program attracted 45 students and teachers from the Fox Cities region and featured the following speakers: Paul McCann of Appleton, Inc.; Dave Plank of JJ Plank; Spencer Johnston, Chris Cox, and Jaakko Pöyry of Marathon; Russ Wanke of Stora Enso; and Preston Schutt of CTT, Inc. Representatives from UW-Stevens Point also presented career information and tours were given of the Paper Discovery Center facility and paper lab.

The 12th annual induction ceremony has been set for September 28, 2006 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Nominations for the 2006 induction class are being accepted up until May 1, 2006. Nomination papers are available on-line at www.paperhall.org

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