At approximately 11:10 am CST, Wednesday, February 8th, there was an explosion at our DeRidder, LA paper mill. The incident involved annual repair work being performed on piping in the pulp mill area and resulted in three contractor fatalities. The cause of the incident is under investigation. Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of the people working on our site. The top priorities at this time are the notification of families of the deceased contractors and investigation of the incident with authorities. At the time of the incident, the D1 machine was down for its annual outage and the D3 machine was running and continues to operate. The current assessment indicates that the annual outage work is expected to be delayed by up to one week and the mill will then resume full operation. Further information will be provided, as appropriate, when it becomes available.
As a global supplier of specialty industrial paper products, Ahlstrom-Munksjö focuses on innovative solutions that meet the needs of our customers and the diverse markets we serve. Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s wide range of specialty papers for the building and construction industry, known as Insu-Gard®, are high quality and durable for any end use.
Natural MG Papers provide a smooth surface for lamination to foil or in Foil/Scrim Kraft (FSK) Building and Construction applications. Ahlstrom-Munksjö also offers extensible kraft papers (XKL®), which provide maximum strength and stretch prop¬erties for the most demanding converting applications. All Insu-Gard® Building and Construction papers can be produced utilizing innovative Flame-Gard® surface coatings which provide flame-resistance for both metal and non-metal contact.
“Ahlstrom-Munksjö offers the widest breadth of building and construction papers in the industry,” commented Robyn Buss, Vice President of Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s North America Specialty Solutions business area. “Insu-Gard® provides our customers with not only innovative solutions, but the diversity of applications necessary for these markets.”
Staying committed to Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s sustainability initiatives, Insu-Gard® papers can be produced with bleached or trulyNatural® fibers and blended fibers. Insu-Gard® papers are produced at Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s North America Specialty Solutions plants based in Wisconsin, USA.