Pratt Industries Opens New Recycled Containerboard Mill

Sept. 19, 2009 - Pratt Industries on Tuesday (Sept. 15) celebrated the grand opening of its new recycled containerboard mill and paper recovery facility in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was on hand for the event.

The lightweight recycled containerboard mill represents a $160 million investment and employs 120 full-time workers.

"This is the most advanced recycled paper mill in the world and itís a dream come true for me and my family," said Anthony Pratt, chairman of Pratt Industries. "Our company has more than 50 plants across the United States providing 3500 green-collar jobs, but this site is our crowning achievement."

Pratt added that the company is in the process of rolling out a commercial recycling program in the Shreveport area.

The greenfield mill houses an Over Meccanica machine which has a design capacity of 1,108 tons/day and capability to produce board in the 16.4 to 32.8 lb (80 to 160 g/m2) range from 100% wastepaper, according to the machine's supplier.

The new machine has a wire width of 250 in. (6,350 mm) and design speed of 4,000 ft/min (1,200 m/min).

The Shreveport mill is part of Prattís commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2007 to invest $1 billion over the ensuing decade on recycling and clean energy technology.

As part of that pledge, the company is close to bringing on line a $50 million dollar clean energy plant at its headquarters in Conyers, Ga., to power the paper mill there.

Pratt is the sixth largest paper and packaging company in the United States.

SOURCE: Industry Reports

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