A Passion for TAPPI Local Sections

How many times do you get to actually meet with two of the legends of TAPPI's Local Section community--a current leader and a past leader who has a TAPPI award named after him?

So far, only once for me.

During PaperCon2013, I was excited to discover that Paul Magnabosco was going to attend our Fellows Luncheon. I was even more excited when he attended the awards dinner later in the week.

I asked Paul to make the award presentation, named in his honor--The Paul Magnabosco Outstanding Local Section Member Award--to Dan McGuire. In the immortal words of Miley Cyrus,"that was really cool."

After meeting Paul and discovering his continuing passion for our Local Sections, we invited him to Peachtree Corners to meet with TAPPI staff and Scott, half-the-man-he-used-to-be, Frasca (who has lost in excess of 100 lb. during the past two years.) Way to go Scott!

My hat goes off to one of TAPPI's newest employees, Tanya Hickson, for her time, talents, and effort in bringing this meeting to fruition, in spite of all of our crazy schedules.

This gathering was to hear Paul's account of where our Local sections came from and his vision for where he feels they can go...


...and Scott's update on where we are now and our plans for the future.

The meeting really began at dinner the night before and continued from 8:00 a.m. through lunch the following day.


The ideas from this meeting are far too numerous to list; however, I will tell you to be on the lookout for some revitalization coming from our Local Sections in 2014.

I appreciate the passion that both Paul and Scott have for TAPPI as well as the other 7,200 members that we have worldwide.

Planning Session

There are two types of people in our industry, TAPPI members and those who should be.

More information on our Local Sections or TAPPI in general is available online.

Until next time...


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Travels With Larry

Travels With Larry

A Passion for TAPPI Local Sections

How many times do you get to actually meet with two of the legends of TAPPI's Local Section community...

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Is it the People or the Equipment?

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Seneca Steel Erectors, Inc.

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A Very Special Visit

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How Many Times Have You Heard the Term Found Money?

During a recent early morning walk around Peachtree Corners, Ga., I found what I thought was a small pile of leaves.

Old Home Week

It never ceases to amaze me, when TAPPI Members come together for a corporate visit or TAPPI conference with 100-5,000 people...

You Never Know

John, you will be missed...

If you Mess it Up, Un-Mess It!

If you have been around any time at all in our industry, you know that things will get messed up in the areas of finished goods...

When It Rains, It Poors Or Does it?

When it rains, it pours… or does it? During TAPPI’s recent, very successful, PEERS and IBBC conferences in Tacoma, WA, we had over 400 people registered. There were representatives from 14 countries who attended these meetings. Three of

The Year of the Dragon - Part 1

Back in 1991, during my days with Republic Paperboard in Hutchinson, Kan., USA, a gentleman set up an appointment with me to discuss a "revolutionary idea...

To find something Special sometimes you have to look under every Rock

On June 22, 2016 I had the pleasure to visit a location of a 75 Year TAPPI Sustaining Member Company. That company is WestRock and that location was the Aurora, IL Paperboard Facility.

An Accent on Innovation

On May 13, 2014, Eric Fletty and I had the opportunity to visit with one of TAPPI’s Sustaining Member companies, Kadant Inc., at its Kadant Johnson facility in Three Rivers, Mich., USA. 

A Small World

On June 25, 2012, Scott Springmier, Eric Fletty, and I accepted a previous invitation from long-time TAPPI member and a young, Mike Ditka look-alike, Jim Niemiec...

Travels with Larry near the Windy City

The date of August 16th has a special meaning to me. This date happens to be the day, in different years, when the Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth...

Dreams Do Come True

Dreams do come true...in so many ways. Our industry has been called many things during the past 2,000 years...

WestRock Production Managers Development Program

Have you ever had one of those days when you discover a project that makes you say; “Wow, I wish I had thought of that one!”?

Familiar Names, a New location and a New Attitude

April 19 20, 2017 (right before PaperCon2017) Kristi Ledbetter, TAPPI’s Converting Division Manager, and I had the privilege to revisit a company that I had the pleasure of writing about several years ago.

One of a kind CEO, one of a kind company

Recently a politician made a statement during a campaign speech: "Corporations are not people, people are people...

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