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Local Paper Mill Cuts Costs With New GeneratorSubmitted: 03/01/2013
Story By Ryan Abney


PARK FALLS - Flambeau River Paper Mill in Park Falls helped itself by installing a Sulfur Burner generator in October. It's how the company is adding to the 11-million dollars it's already saved since re-opening in 2006.

CEO Butch Johnson has been with Flambeau Paper Mills since it re-opened. He knows the company failed the first time because its strategy was out-of-date.

"We see paper mills close all the time. It's really about having equipment that can be competitive in the global market that we're up against."

Focus on Energy President Masood Akhtar teaches his "green" strategy to companies' all-over Wisconsin. He also knows a paper mill with 300-employees can't afford to miss a step.

"If you lose one job in a paper mill, you affect another 6 or 7 jobs. So how will you compete with that, and how will you compete with China? The most important thing these companies can do is reduce their energy costs of manufacturing."

The new sulfur generator will save Flambeau Paper Mill an estimated 600-thousand therms of natural-gas a year.


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