LONGVIEW, WA, July 31, 2012 (Press Release) -Improved financial, safety and environmental performance, highlight Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging, Inc.'s first-ever Sustainability Report.
"We are now a sustainable business, solidly in the game for the long run," said President Randy Nebel, in the report. "We will continue to pursue our vision, work safely, meet customer expectations, and deliver results."
Longview's financial performance was strong in 2011, producing positive earnings for investors. This was aided by eight consecutive quarters of record mill production.
Also highlighted in the report was Longview's dramatic improvement in safety. In 2006, Longview had a yearly incident rate of 8.6. That figure dropped to 1.57 by the end of 2011. And from Sept. 1, 2011, to Feb. 10, 2012, the mill reached one million consecutive safe hours worked. One of the company's container plants in Utah reached six years without a recordable injury, in March, 2012.
"To keep driving improvements, we are focusing on leading indicators," said Nebel. "As the number of incidents decrease, we are looking more at contributing factors, such as the identification of hazards and behaviors that are precursors to incidents."
The past year was also Longview's best for environmental performance, in terms of protecting air and water quality. In addition, it continues to make progress in reducing consumption of energy and water.
Since 2001, Longview has reduced total direct greenhouse gas emissions by about 72 percent companywide. The company has also reduced mill energy used by 20 percent since 2007. In the past 10 years, Longview has decreased the gallons of water used per pound of paper production by 50 percent.
Longview is Sustainable Forestry Initiative® certified, and participates in the American Forest & Paper Association's commitment to sustainable business practices.
The Sustainability Report can be found on the company's website, www.longviewfibre.com
Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging, Inc. produces light-weight, high-performance multiwall and complementary specialty kraft papers for an established domestic and global customer base. The company also produces containerboard and corrugated boxes. Longview operates a pulp and paper mill at Longview, Wash., and a network of seven converting plants in the western United States.