PORT TOWNSEND, WA, July 15, 2014 (Press Release) -
For Port Townsend Paper Corporation, June has been a fantastic month. The mill reported combined production for both paper machines at 29,825 tons, breaking the previous record set almost a decade ago. Each of the two paper machines also set marks for average daily output, all without any OSHA recordable injuries or reportable environmental incidents, making June an all-around win for PTPC.
It's noteworthy that attainment of these milestones comes alongside significant and on-going environmental achievements. For the first half of the year, PTPC cut fossil fuel consumption by more than 50% compared to the same period for the previous year. This translates to a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to last year, and a 59% reduction since the mill began tracking and reporting these emissions in 2010.
"We have rededicated our team structure toward working more closely together across department lines, improving our training and problem solving skills, and focusing on data-based decision making," said company President Roger Hagan. "While a number of challenges remain going forward, this success firmly establishes our operating capability and is the result of improved reliability throughout the mill brought about by capital investment in the mill infrastructure, controls, and process equipment, and combined with an enhanced operating strategy that is being successfully implemented with the committed focus of the entire work force."
Port Townsend Paper Corporation produces Kraft pulp, paper, containerboard and specialty products by blending virgin and recycled fibers at our mill headquarters in Port Townsend, Washington.