On schedule, December 13, 2012 Clearwater Paper’s new Metso-supplied Advantage THRU-AIR (TAD) tissue machine was successfully started up and produced its first ton of paper in Shelby, North Carolina, USA. The completion of the flagship facility in Shelby fulfills one of Clearwater Paper’s primary business strategies – to focus on growing the consumer segment of the company.
“Metso TAD technology coupled with their strong project team and process integration capabilities were integral to the success of this project,” said Brian Hoaglund, Clearwater Paper’s expansion project leader. “Metso was a solid partner in delivering equipment that met our performance requirements and will allow Clearwater Paper to deliver ultra quality tissue products to our customers.”
“We are very impressed by Clearwater Paper’s determination and dedication of building a first class tissue manufacturing facility in Shelby. It has been a pleasure for the Metso team to work with them during the definition and execution phase in a well integrated delivery team. The result paid off with an excellent start-up,” said Soren Eriksson, Account Sales Manager, Metso.
Metso’s delivery comprised a complete production line with stock preparation equipment and an Advantage THRU-AIR 200 TAD machine including a Metso Yankee cylinder, THRU-AIR dryers, and an Advantage WetDust dust management system. The delivery also comprised an extensive automation package including Metso DNA machine and process controls and a Metso IQ quality control system with Metso IQ Scanners and Metso IQ Profilers.
The new production line will produce 70,000 tons a year of Ultra Premium high-quality tissue grades. The raw material for the new line will be virgin pulp.
Clearwater Paper manufactures quality consumer tissue, away-from-home tissue, parent roll tissue, machine glazed tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at 15 manufacturing locations in the U.S. and Canada. The company is a premier supplier of private label tissue to major retailers and wholesale distributors. This includes grocery, drug, mass merchants and discount stores. The company also produces bleached paperboard used by quality-conscious printers and packaging converters. Clearwater Paper's employees build shareholder value by developing strong customer relationships through quality and service.