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Expert Details

Pulp and Paper

ID: 736236 South Carolina, USA

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Expert has worked for over 50 years in the pulp and paper industry. All phases of mill operations (20 years) plus 30 years of consulting on mill operations, feasibility studies, capital cost project development, audits, due diligence, expert witness, bank's engineer, and related fields.

Expert has a background of 57 years of consulting, operating and technical experience in the manufacture of pulp and paper. He managed a major consulting staff as well as production and technical departments. Key technical spokesperson and has lead and/or participated in over 200 studies, including more than 30 international studies. Studies combine innovation, operating expertise, state-of-the-art technology with business sense. Successful record of accomplishments in engineering studies, process improvements, new equipment installation and start-up, production and implementation of cost-cutting measures.

Expert's specialty is front end studies, i.e. studies that combine the attributes of project capital costs estimates, manufacturing cost analysis, operations optimization, facility assessments and due diligence.

Other positions held:
-- Manager, OPTEC Group (2 years). Responsible for direction and activities of the OPTEC Group. Activities included: development of computer-based tools for process calculations, coordination with pulp and paper sales and marketing, personnel development and recruitment, organizing and conducting studies, maintaining Rust’s high-tech profile through presentation and publication of papers, budgets, and the group’s marketing plans.
-- Technical Manager, OPTEC Group (2 years). Responsible for conducting studies and reviewing the technical merits of studies performed by the group’s other members. Conducted studies that ranged from as specific as dioxin, box plant assessment, and site selection for a new Kraft mill to as broad as mill wide optimization for a new two machine fine paper mill and evaluation of the production capacity for two Brazilian mills.
-- Senior Staff Engineer, OPTEC Group (2 years). Responsible for the conduction of studies either as part of a team or solo. Investigated numerous problems in both paper mills and pulp mills. Studies required interviewing mill operating personnel, analysis of operating and engineering data, developing operating cost profiles, development of capital cost estimates, writing reports and making presentations.
-- Paper Mill Superintendent. Supervised the operation of seven paper machines producing approximately 2,800 tons per day of unbleached saturating Kraft, linerboard and bag paper. Activities included crew training, process improvements, budgeting and cost controls. Accomplishments include: setting a production record (1,038,656 tpy), cost cutting measures during bad business cycle, and increased production rates.
-- Machine Supervisor. Directed the operation of one paper machine. Initially assigned to a 220 tons per day lightweight bag machine, but moved to a problem plagued corrugating medium machine producing 350 tons per day. Eliminated the process problems that kept this recently rebuilt machine from achieving the designed production rates. Eventually the machine was converted to a heavy weight sack paper machine.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1967 Degree: BS Subject: Pulp and Paper Institution: State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY
Year: 1974 Degree: MS Subject: Industrial Management Institution: Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2019 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Pulp & Paper Consultant Department:
Independent pulp and paper consultant with 57 years of consulting, operating and technical experience in the manufacturing of pulp and paper.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1997 to 2019 Employer: Pulp & Paper Consultancy, Jacobs Title: Director of Process Technology Department:
Managing business activities (optimization, due diligence, conceptual studies, etc.). He has led the process effort on many Due Diligence / Fatal Flaw evaluations and strategic rebuild evaluations that include newsprint, linerboard, coated recycle cartonboard, coated freesheet, dissolving pulp, fluff pulp and tissue.

He has been an expert witness and the Bank’s engineer on several projects.

As a working manager, Expert has supervised the detail design effort for rebuilding Donohue’s Lufkin, Texas, Kraft Mill to comply with Cluster Rules. He was the Project Manager for a detail scope and estimate for a Paper Machine DCS and Drive replacement, conversion of a printing and writing machine to fluff pulp including bleach plant modifications, and an international optimization and expansion study. He has supported the detail design for several shoe press and dilution profiling headboxes installations.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1988 to 1993 Employer: Raytheon Engineers and Constructors (Rust) Title: Director of Technology Department: Pulp and Paper Division
Responsible for the management of all activities of the OPTEC Group, Raytheon’s pulp & paper consulting group. Also managed Pulp, Paper and Material Handling Process Engineering Groups for two years. Responsibilities included: conceptual design, economic studies, process design, equipment installation and start-up.

Activities included: assigning personnel, budgets, recruiting, salary administration, development of computer tools, etc. As a working manager, he also conducted studies, prepared proposals and made sales presentations.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1977 to 1988 Employer: Union Camp Corporation Title: Technical Director Department:
Savannah, Georgia. Directed shift control and process engineering functions of the mill. Shift control, approximately 120 persons, was responsible for final product testing, chemical additive systems and boiler water quality. Process engineering included approximately 60 persons divided into five group: paper, pulp, power, analytical lab, and environmental.

Accomplishments included: revamping the shift control lines of progression which resulted in the savings of 5,000 hours of overtime the first year; 1.3 million man-hour safety record; evaluation of alternate lime kiln fuels; evaluation of EPD’s reclassification of the Savannah River; Kamyr re-instrumentation and optimization; modeling of the mill water systems and modeling of the mill’s modernization programs.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1967 to 1977 Employer: Nekoosa Papers Inc. Title: Assistant Pulp Mill Superintendent, Technical, Process Engineer Department:
Paper Mill Superintendent, Potsdam Mill. Managed the production of two machines that produced 160 tons per day of bleached MG, Watermark Bonds and Register Bond. Increased production by more than 10% without spending any capital money. Involved in all phases of mill operation, including Union negotiations. Relieved Mill Manager.

Technical Supervisor, Potsdam Mill. Supervised Quality Control and performed processing engineering duties. Started up mill’s waste treatment facility and closed up the mill’s white water system.
Process Engineer, Nekoosa & Potsdam Mills. Activities included: conducting process trials, creating process flow diagrams and water balances.

Nekoosa Papers, Nekoosa, Wisconsin and Potsdam, New York. Supervised the installation and start-up of a TRS system (gas collection, incineration, molecular black liquor oxidation and condensate stripping). Upon completion of the TRS project, assumed production responsibilities, including: woodyard, pulping, washing, bleaching, causticizing, recovery boiler, evaporators, ClO2 Plant and Tall Oil Plant.
Industria Panamia De Papel, Republic of Panama. Succeeded in solving problems while relieving vacationing mill manager.

Assistant Paper Mill Superintendent, Nekoosa Mill. After closing of the Potsdam Mill, was transferred back to the Nekoosa Mill. Performed an evaluation of Paper Machine No. 2 and made recommendations for operating improvements. This Printing and Writing Machine produced bonds, offset and register grades.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1967 to 1969 Employer: United States Army Title: Captain Department:
United States Army, Chemical Corps, Technical Escort Unit (Chemical / Biological EOD), Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1965 to 1966 Employer: Great Northern Paper Title: Project Manager / Paper Mill Production Specialist Department:
Great Northern Papers, Millinocket, Maine. Helped with studies and mill trials.

Directed the $27 million rebuild of Paper Machine No. 5. Implemented a new paper mill line of progression that resulted in improved production rates due to crew stabilization.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
TAPPI Foundation Director, Past Member of the TAPPI Board of Directors, Past Chairman Southeastern Section, Past Member of Paper 360° & Tappi Journal Editorial Boards, Member of Student Summit Conference Committee, Member since 1966
PIMA - Past Member of the Executive Committee Dixie Section, Member since 1981
Syracuse Pulp & Paper Foundation – Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors, Past President, Past Trustee Joachim Fund
National Corvette Restoration Society (NCRS); Chairman Carolinas Chapter, Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion, Charter Member, Post 214
Licenses / Certifications
BSA: Eagle Scout; Order of the Arrow – Vigil Honor
TAPPI Fellow (1996),
Couch Pit University, Class of 2008; Office: Past Secretary, emeritus member
CPBIS / PIMA Management Excellence Award, 2008
TAPPI Herman L. Joachim Distinguish Service Award, 2013
SUNY ESF – 2013 Graduate of Distinction Award – Lifetime Achievement
Who’s Who – Albert Nelson Marquis 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, Engineering
Awards / Recognition
TAPPI Fellow
Couch Pit University; Office: Past Secretary, emeritus member
CPBIS/PIMA Management Excellence Award
TAPPI Herman L. Joachim Distinguish Service Award
SUNY ESF – Graduate of Distinction Award – Lifetime Achievement
Who’s Who – Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Engineering
Publications and Patents Summary
Publications: 73
Projects since 1971: 243

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