LDI Promotes Larry Newell to VP, Paper Manufacturing at Liberty Paper mill in Becker, MN

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LDI Promotes Larry Newell to VP, Paper Manufacturing at Liberty Paper mill in Becker, MN

September 03, 2014 - 10:12

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 3, 2014 (Press Release) -Larry Newell has been promoted to Vice President, Paper Manufacturing, by Liberty Diversified International (LDI).

As part of his duties in paper manufacturing and sourcing, Newell will continue to serve as general manager of LDI's Liberty Paper mill in Becker, Minn. The mill manufactures 100 percent recycled papers for packaging from more than 400 million pounds of old corrugated containers each year.

"Our paper business has steadily grown under Larry's leadership, and this promotion reflects our continued commitment to lead our industry in paper production from recycled material," said Dan Zdon, LDI President and Chief Operating Officer.

Newell, a 20-year veteran of LDI, spearheaded the 2012 design and construction of a $15 million water pre-treatment project at the Becker facility, a cooperative effort among Liberty Paper, the City of Becker, Sherburne County, the St. Paul Port Authority, Xcel Energy and the Initiative Foundation, a regional resource for job creation and economic development.

Newell is a member of the Technical Association of the Paper and Pulp Industry (TAPPI) and the Paper Industry Management Association (PIMA). He serves on the Advisory Council board of directors for the University of Minnesota's Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering.


Liberty Diversified International is a privately-held family of businesses with more than 1,400 employees operating in the following industries: Paper and packaging; furnishings and organization products for the office; building and architectural products; and precision machining. With roots in the corrugated fiberboard business, the company was founded in 1918 and is headquartered in New Hope, MN.