SCA Starts Up New Tissue Machine in Alabama

Oct. 21, 2008 - SCA Tissue said that it started up its new No. 14 paper machine on October 17 at the company's plant in Barton, Alabama.

No. 14 is a dry-crepe machine that will produce paper for Tork® tissues and two-ply dinner napkins, SCA said

The new machine represents an investment of $145 million will increase the Barton mill's production by 70,000 tons to 180,000 tons.

“The Southeast Region is the fastest growing in the country. Because SCA uses a regional manufacturing approach that involves making products in the regions where they will be shipped, the new machine in Barton is a strategic choice for us,” said Don Lewis, SCA Tissue President..

The 19-month project included construction of a 250,000 square foot building that houses the new 36-foot tall paper machine, a new deink line sized at 100,000 tons per year and additional capacity for wastepaper storage and handling. The project also included an expansion to the water treatment facility.

“When we chose the Barton site in 2004 we were looking for enough land to allow for an expansion of this kind. SCA owns 650 acres here. The position along the Tennessee River was critical as papermaking requires an adjacent water source,” said James Haeffele, manager for the Barton expansion project.

The Barton mill also houses the No. 12 machine, which was installed when the greenfield plant opened in early 2004. No. 12 is a wet crepe machine that makes paper for conversion into toweling and dispenser-type napkins under the company's global Tork brand for Away-From-Home markets.

The two machines will supply all the paper used by the 32 converting lines located in the complex.

An event celebrating the start up is scheduled for mid-November, SCA said


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