ASPI Recognizes Kapstone's Paul Duncan with Excellence in Leadership Award

Paul Duncan

Dec. 26, 2013 - The Association of Suppliers to the Paper Industry (ASPI) has named Paul Duncan as the recipient of its 2014 Excellence in Leadership Award. Duncan serves as mill manager at KapStone Paper and Packaging's Longview Mill in Longview, Washington (USA), where he is responsible for managing all of the manufacturing, maintenance and support operations of the mill.

“The Longview mill’s turnaround has been an incredible achievement for everyone involved, and Paul Duncan has been a big part of that change,” said ASPI President Carl Howe, vice president sales for Kadant Paperline. “His professionalism, his technical knowledge, and the example he sets for his employees all deserve to be recognized and applauded.”

As mill manager, Duncan played a critical role in the recent transformation of the Longview mill, which resulted in a production increase of 39% between 2007 and 2012. He also played a key role in improving the mill’s safety culture, and was named "Safety Manager of the Year" at the Western Pulp and Paper Workers Conference in 2012.

Duncan began his career in the paper industry in 1986 as a process engineer, and has held a variety of increasingly responsible positions, including paper machine superintendent, pulp mill superintendent, operations manager and paper mill manager. He worked for some of the industry's leading companies, including Weyerhaeuser/IP, Inland Container, James River, and Longview Fibre, before joining KapStone Kraft Paper Corporation.

ASPI's Excellence in Leadership Award award honors unique and creative leadership of employees, company and key suppliers through major projects or ongoing relationships. ASPI accepts nominations from its members, and the Board of Directors votes to determine the recipient.

Duncan is scheduled to accept the award at the ASPI 2014 Spring Meeting, which will be held February 26-28, 2014 in Sarasota, Florida.

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SOURCE: Association of Suppliers to the Paper Industry