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Containerboard: KPAQ spending $3 million at St. Francisville, LA; has spent $14 million since 2010

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Containerboard: KPAQ spending $3 million at St. Francisville, LA; has spent $14 million since 2010

June 27, 2014 - 10:58

OAKLAND, June 27, 2014 (PPI Pulp & Paper Week) -KPAQ Industries is continuing to invest in its St. Francisville, LA, mill since current ownership restarted the mill in June 2010.

In June, the company will spend $3 million to improve digester performance, install a new drive control on its K2 paper machine, and will modernize the winder on its K1 machine, the company said.

K1'scapacity is 560 tons/day of lightweight (19-35 lb) kraft linerboard, kraft multiwall and bag paper, and some roll pulp. K2 has capacity to produce 126 tons/day of unbleached specialties, including some tissue, according to RISI Mill Intelligence.

Since its restart, the mill spent $14 million on process improvements, excluding the latest projects. Amzak Capital purchased the mill in April 2010 after a previous owner ran into difficulty following a conversion from coated printing and writing paper to packaging grades.

KPAQ calls itself the only "independent" (nonintegrated) unbleached kraft linerboard mill in North America.

Greifwill add a second corrugator by mid-2015 at its Southeastern Packaging Sheet Feeder Operation in Concord, NC. "Over the last 18 months, we have made strategic investments in our Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky operations to add new capabilities and expand capacity," said div pres of Greif packaging Tim Bergwall in a release. "The second corrugator at Southeastern will incorporate several proprietary technologies developed in these locations and will enable us to grow with strategic customers in the region." Bergwall said the additional corrugated converting fits with the company's capacity increase at its containerboard mill in Riverville, VA.