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Sappi North America Completes $5.94 Million Paper Machine Upgrade Project at Cloquet Mill in Minnesota

Sappi Cloquet Mill in Minnesota Sappi North America replaced the headbox on Paper Machine 12 (PM12) at its Cloquet, Minnesota pulp and paper mill, which enabled the mill to maintain its capacity by adding a state-of-the-art, dilution profiled headbox that produces excellent basis weight profiles.

Nov. 15, 2017 - Sappi North America said that in October it completed a $5.94 million capital investment in its Cloquet, Minnesota (USA) mill that involved replacing the headbox on Paper Machine 12 (PM12). This investment enabled Sappi to maintain its capacity by adding a state-of-the-art, dilution profiled headbox that produces excellent basis weight profiles. A headbox is an integral part of the paper machine responsible for spreading the pulp fibers evenly to form the sheet.

“This investment shows Sappi's unwavering commitment to its graphic papers and packaging customers,” said Mark Gardner, President and CEO, Sappi North America. “The new headbox will ensure that we're fulfilling orders to the highest quality standards that Sappi's customers have come to expect. This project will not only improve upon our longstanding history with the graphic papers market, but also support our growing paper-based packaging business.”

Sappi noted that the PM12 investment follows a $170 million capital investment in 2011 to enable the Cloquet Mill's kraft pulp operations to also produce chemical cellulose used in textile and consumer goods markets. Through this product diversification, along with investments in renewable energy and waste reduction, the mill has stayed profitable and competitive in a challenging market.

In addition, the Cloquet Mill was recently awarded for its investment in the state of Minnesota from the Minnesota Office of Foreign Direct Investment. The award highlighted the company's contributions to the economic vitality of local communities, and its commitment to keeping Minnesota a world-leading business destination. (see related story at PaperAge: Sappi North America Awarded by Minnesota Office of Foreign Direct Investment).

The Cloquet Mill has an annual production capacity of 330,000 metric tons of coated woodfree paper and 330,000 metric tons of dissolving wood pulp, and employs about 730 people.

Sappi North America, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, operates four diversified businesses — high quality Coated Printing Papers, Specialised Cellulose, Release Papers and Specialty Packaging. To learn more, please visit: www.sappi.com/na.

SOURCE: Sappi North America