Sappi North America Invests $25M in its Somerset Mill Woodyard

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Sappi North America Invests $25M in its Somerset Mill Woodyard

Largest U.S.-based paper mill to receive modernized debarking, chipping and chip distribution systems
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Sappi North America Invests $25M in its Somerset Mill Woodyard in Skowhegan:
Friday, August 5, 2016 - 9:30am

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BOSTON, August 5, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Sappi North America, leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, today announced that it will move forward with a $25 million capital project to update its Somerset Mill woodyard. This strategic plan will allow the company to modernize the wood debarking, chipping and chip distribution systems. This capital investment will improve reliability, reduce white wood losses and costs as well as enhance efficiency gains through the increased production of wood chips.

“Continually investing in our operations, processes and people ensures our success and maintains the Somerset Mill as a globally competitive site,” said Mark Gardner, President and CEO of Sappi North America. “These upgrades will improve our product, raise our bottom line and continue to build upon our sustainable practices.”

The commissioning of the new system will be complete by the end of November 2017, following a temporary woodyard shutdown for installation. Specifically, upgrades will be made to the log infeed, debarker, chipper, chip transfer system, woodroom controls and bark handling.

For more information on Sappi North America’s Somerset Mill, please visit the website.

About Sappi North America

Sappi North America, headquartered in Boston, is a market leader in converting wood fiber into superior products that customers demand worldwide. The success of our four diversified businesses – high quality Coated Printing Papers, Specialised Cellulose, Release Papers and Specialty Packaging – is driven by strong customer relationships, best-in-class people and advantaged assets, products and services. Our high quality Coated Printing Papers, including McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are the key platform for premium magazines, catalogs, books and high-end print advertising. We are a leading manufacturer of Specialised Cellulose used in a wide range of products, including textile fibers and household goods, and one of the world's leading suppliers of Release Papers with our Ultracast and Classics lines for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries.

Our Specialty Packaging products, such as LusterPrint and LusterCote, represent an important asset in the food packaging and labeling industries. Customers rely on Sappi for high technical, operational and market expertise; products and services delivered with consistently high quality and reliability; and, state-of-the-art and cost-competitive assets and innovative spirit.

Sappi North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 13,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at:

Learn more about how Sappi is investing in sustainability and innovation in the 2015 Sappi North America Sustainability Report:

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For further information:

Olga Karagiannis

Sappi North America

+1 617-423-5409


Jackie Fraser

Matter Communications

+1 978-358-5840


Keywords: Finance & Socially Responsible Investment | Investment | Paper and Pulp | Sappi | Somerset Mill Woodyard | forestry | maine

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