At peak construction, over 1100 workers were employed on the project with 41 different contractors totaling to over 550,000 man hours. In the first two weeks of the start-up curve, average production was between 500-600 tons to over 1,000 tons produced per day as ramp up continued into July. Product output has exceeded quality targets and the production capacity is currently fully-secured to fulfill customer orders.The company takes great pride in producing products in the United States. In addition to this Specialised Cellulose conversion project, Sappi has made significant capital investments across all of its North American business units over the past year. Excellence in coated paper manufacturing continues to remain a top priority at Cloquet with $15M recently invested towards a dry fiber handling system as well as new refiners and former upgrades on both PM4 and PM12. The company has also upgraded coated paper capabilities at Somerset Mill, in Skowhegan, Maine with a $13M rebuild of PM3; and, in the Release sector, it has invested $2.5M to rebuild the specialty coater at the Westbrook Mill in Maine. These strategic investments represent Sappi's strong track record as a global leader and its long-term growth strategy in North American operations.
Sappi Fine Paper North America Announces Successful Completion Of $170M Major Capital Investment In North American Operations
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