Sappi North America, a producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, has announced a $5.94 million capital investment in its Cloquet, Minn., mill to replace 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(an integral part of the paper machine responsible for spreading the pulp fibers evenly to form the sheet) that produces excellent basis weight profiles.
This investment follows a $170 million capital investment in 2011 to enable the Cloquet Millâ€™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.
Mark Gardner, president and CEO, Sappi North America said that the investment showed Sappiâ€™s unwavering commitment to its graphic papers and packaging customers.The new headbox will ensure that weâ€™re fulfilling orders to the highest quality standards that Sappiâ€™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.
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 companyâ€™s contributions to the economic vitality of local communities, and its commitment to keeping Minnesota a world-leading business destination.
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