The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) welcomed two new officers and one new member to its Board of Directors: Mark Rodgers as Board Chair, Guy Gleysteen as Vice Chair, and Laura Downey as a new member in the social chamber. These new members will play a key role as SFI continues to enhance the sustainability of well-managed forests and the communities that depend on them across the U.S. and Canada. “Mark brings experience as a community leader and builder, Guy works as a senior executive overseeing global supply chains and Laura is known for her vision when it comes to youth environmental education. Their combined experience and skills will further SFI’s reputation and impact as a sustainability organization,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. SFI’s 18-member, multi-stakeholder board of directors comprises three chambers, representing environmental, economic and social interests equally. The Board’s diversity and independence allows it to play a meaningful role at the intersection of well-managed forests and thriving communities. Click Read More below for additional detail.
Pratt officially opened two new recycling facilities this week, including a 110,000 sq. ft. plant in Gary, Indiana. The other is a 38,000 sq. ft. site in Wichita, Kansas. Both will support the company’s state-of-the-art paper mill in Valparaiso, In., which comes on-line this September.
Together, the two facilities, the company’s 16th and 17th recycling plants, will have the capacity to process more than 120,000 tons of recyclables annually, most of it recovered paper but also metal and plastics.
“The Midwest has long been a strong area for Pratt’s converting operations,” said Myles Cohen, President of Pratt Recycling. ”Now, with the upcoming addition of our 4th, 100% recycled paper mill, adding recycling assets and infrastructure is the next logical expansion strategy for us.
“As an integrated paper and packaging company, the addition of recycling plants allows us to fully close the loop for our customers. Not only do we manufacture the paper required to make their packaging and then convert it into boxes and point of purchase displays, but now we can become their recycling provider as well.”
Myles said the company hoped to further expand the workforce at both centers within the next 12 months as volume increases. Currently there are 30 people employed at the two sites.
“These two facilities will enhance revenues for those businesses that want to recycle – and we should all care about that because anything that increases recycling rates is good for the community,” he said. “Not only does it reduce the amount of recyclables being sent to landfills which are increasingly expensive to operate, but it’s also good for the environment because every ton of paper we recycle is the equivalent of saving 17 trees.”
The Gary facility, which will process more than 70,000 tons of recyclables annually, is the company’s first in Indiana. Myles said Pratt chose the city because of its close proximity to both the mill and the greater Chicago area paper stream as well as its excellent access to transportation.
Among other equipment, Pratt has installed dual shredders at the plant to shred and recycle approximately 2000 tons a month of used books. The Wichita plant replaces an older facility which the company simply outgrew.
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