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Twin Rivers Paper Co. names six new team members


March 23, 2021
By P&PC Staff

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Twin Rivers Paper Company has announced six new team members after appointing Tony Mollica to CEO.

“We are excited to leverage the deep market experience this team possesses as we continue to transform our business mix and look for growth opportunities,” says Mollica in a statement.

“These organizational changes support our efforts to build a strong, differentiated company focused on our customers.”

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Mark Lukacs has joined the company as chief operating officer. With over 33 years of experience in the industry, including senior-level positions at WestRock and Verso, Lukacs is the operational leader responsible for all aspects of Twin Rivers’ pulp and paper production.

Stepping into the newly created role of chief commercial officer is Jeffrey Hederick, who will work closely with Mollica and other senior leaders to enhance commercial excellence capabilities that drive growth and customer satisfaction. With over 30 years of experience, Hederick previously worked as managing director for a private equity-owned manufacturing business. Additionally, he served as president, Paper & Print Group for Unisource Worldwide, and vice-president of distribution sales for global paper producer UPM.

John Graves has been appointed to vice-president of innovation and productivity, another newly created position. Graves plans to build a more definitive bridge between the commercial and product development teams, thus streamlining the product innovation timeline.

“Innovation is critical to our ongoing business transformation. Selecting the right projects and developing the right products and services to quickly address market needs while continuing to provide cutting-edge solutions for converters and brand owners is our collective priority,” says Graves.

Mike Soucy, a Twin Rivers veteran of over 28 years, has been named general manager of the Plaster Rock operation. This lumber mill, which has recently set new productivity records, produces by-product softwood chips and biomass used at the Edmundston, N.B. pulp mill. Soucy’s understanding of the paper side of the business will allow him to quickly facilitate process efficiencies, the company says.

John Bates, who has spent the past four years working with the New York mills in various capacities, has been named the director of New York operations. Rounding out the new team members is Jason Querze, customer service manager, responsible for the teams handling the New York and Maine-based products. Querze returns to Twin Rivers after holding multiple service-oriented management positions at Domtar.

“This diverse mix of industry-leading talent is critical to building the infrastructure needed to achieve our goals,” says Mollica. “Strategic advancements such as this add long-term value to customer partnerships and will help us achieve market leadership.”

Twin Rivers Paper Company is headquartered in Madawaska, Maine. The integrated specialty paper company produces specialty packaging, label, publishing, and technical papers as well as dimensional lumber, and operates a pulp mill in New Brunswick.