West Linn Paper Invests $3M in Capital Improvements

WEST LINN, OR—West Linn Paper announced it will be investing more than $3 million in major capital improvement projects that will get underway in the first half of 2012. The company has committed to several projects, but the two most prominent will focus on increasing production and energy conservation.

One of the two projects will address moisture content and sheet strength on the mill’s No. 1 paper machine and is expected to improve the quality of the mill’s heavyweight products, while increasing production on this machine by 13 percent or more. That paper machine produces coated free-sheet web rolls that range from 70-146 lb. basis weights, as well as matte reply card stock.

The second of the planned projects will provide cleaner whitewater that will better enable reuse throughout the mill and reduce associated heat loss to the effluent. This project is expected to reduce fuel costs and has the potential to reduce effluent flows by as much as 20 percent.

The bulk of the work is scheduled for the second quarter of 2012, requiring a machine outage of less than a week. West Linn Paper does not expect the minimal down time required to affect customer shipments.

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