NORCROSS, GA, April 7, 2010 (Press Release) -TAPPI and PIMA are pleased to announce the selection of Charlie Floyd, vice president and mill manager of Domtar's Kingsport, Tenn., mill, as the 2010 Mill Manager of the Year. This award recognizes the mill manager who has best demonstrated outstanding leadership, management and organizational skills leading to improved results at the facility for which he or she is responsible. Nominees for the award are judged on four criteria: skill in people development; application of best management practices; effective use of external resources; and change management. Floyd will receive the award during the PaperCon '10 Conference in Atlanta, Ga., May 2-5, 2010.
Floyd began his career in the pulp and paper industry in 1980 as a consulting engineer and subsequently became responsible for installations at paper operations in Florida, Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In 1989, he transitioned to production duties after joining Willamette Industries at its new green-field construction project in Bennettsville, S.C., where he eventually served as manufacturing services department manager. In 2000, Floyd relocated to Savannah, Ga., to restart and manage the Port Wentworth pulp mill. When Weyerhaeuser purchased Willamette in 2003, Floyd moved to Kingsport to lead the mill through completion of a $500-million modernization project, serving as vice president and plant manager.
At the Kingsport mill, which became part of Domtar in 2007, Floyd oversees all mill operations and activities. Safety is a particular focus for him, with OSHA recordable injuries dropping from 18 in 2000 to zero in 2008. In 2009, Floyd also led the mill to one of its best ever financial performances in a very challenging economic environment, reducing manufacturing costs in each production department and lowering maintenance costs, while staying committed to safety, environmental, and sustainability efforts.
Floyd holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Clemson University and has been a registered Professional Engineer since 1984. He was president of the Tennessee Paper Council in 2005 and 2006 and on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce from 2004 to 2009. He served as Chair of Kingsport United Way Board of Directors in 2008, and is currently Chair of Kingsport Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. In addition, he serves on the Board of Wellmont Health Systems Holston Valley Hospital, and the Northeast State Community College Foundation. Floyd also championed development of a mill maintenance apprenticeship program into an accredited Associates Degree program through Northeast State Community College and has helped in the development of the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM), a world class training center for industrial maintenance and E&I mechanics. In 2006, Floyd received the PIMA Ray H. Cross Community Service award.
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