By Cindy Macdonald
Twin Rivers Paper Company recently completed a series of upgrades to its No. 7 paper machine at the Madawaska, Maine, mill.
These will enhance the overall quality, efficiency and capabilities of a machine that Twin Rivers says is “instrumental” to its business.
“PM7 is a critical machine that supports our leadership positions in all segments of our business. The upgrade is evidence of the ongoing commitment to invest capital that aligns with our strategic direction and to ensure the long term viability of the operation,” commented Dave Deger, vice-president of strategy and marketing. “Since our new ownership took the helm over $25 million has been invested throughout the Twin Rivers system. We recognize this is a particularly challenging time for the industry so it is great to be a part of a team that values continuous improvement of the operations.”
Key enhancements include an upgraded size press, improved coating flexibility, installation of a dandy roll, and slitter/rewinder modifications. The company reports that the end result is a more capable machine that is well positioned to produce a diverse range of products, including grease resistant packaging papers; lightweight opaque papers used for pharmaceutical, financial and religious publishing; and base papers used in a variety of label applications.
Deger added, “PM7 is a workhorse for Twin Rivers, serving deadline-driven and technically challenging markets. It produces many of our hallmark grades and the work completed brings both enhanced capacity for strategic grades and critical redundancy of supply.”
Aside from the No. 7 paper machine, Twin Rivers operates four additional paper machines that manufacture a range of coated and uncoated papers with options in fiber content, functional characteristics, aesthetics and sustainability.
The company also operates a pulp mill in Edmundston, N.B., which supplies the Madawaska mill.