A little more than two months ago, a meeting of the minds was called to figure out a way to keep a paper mill in operation. On Oct. 25, Neenah, the Georgia-based company that bought the formerly named Fibermark in 2015, announced it was shuttering the plant, which would result in the loss of more than 100 good-paying jobs in the Brattleboro area. "When we got the notice that they were going to close the plant, we rang up Neenah and said we need to chat," said Adam Grinold, the executive director of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation. "Our intention for reaching out was we wanted to help them maintain the plant, that we didn't want to see it close. These jobs are too important." The BDCC is a private, non-profit economic development organization, one of 12 regional development corporations around Vermont that functions as "one-stop-shops" for businesses and entrepreneurs seeking access to business support services. The RDCs either provide these services directly, or serve as the conduit to connect businesses to the needed services. Click read more below for additional detail.
Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) today announced that B. Christopher DiSantis has stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Verso Corporation board of directors effective as of April 5, 2019. Leslie Lederer, former chairman, interim president and CEO of Catalyst Paper Company, has been named as interim Chief Executive Officer as of April 5 in order to ensure a smooth transition until such time as a permanent CEO has been identified and retained. Verso’s board of directors intends to undertake a robust succession process to find a successor for DiSantis, including a search process that will include internal and external candidates.
“On behalf of the entire board, I want to thank Mr. DiSantis for his leadership and contributions to Verso’s success and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Co-Chairman of the Board Alan Carr. Co-Chairman Gene Davis added, “We are thrilled to have Les join us and, given his industry expertise and proven leadership qualities, we look forward to him leading our talented and experienced team.”
“I feel honored and privileged to have been part of Verso’s leadership team and board,” DiSantis said. “The economic turnaround driven by Verso’s management and associates is a great victory for stockholders. I leave the company in capable hands, poised for continued success and wish my many colleagues the brightest of futures.”