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; we seem to pick up conversations with our friends and colleagues right where we left off.

Recently Eric Fletty and I had the privilege to go back and visit the company where Eric began his career in the Paper Industry.  That place was none other than GL&V located at 1 Cellu Drive, Suite 200, Nashua, NH. 03063. Their tag line reads; “Your Obvious Partner…in Pulp and Paper”.

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Mike Tardie and Eric Fletty catching up on old times.

Mike and Eric came into the industry around the same time and actually roomed together for a short time after attending the University of MAINE while working at IMPCO (now GL&V).

Our hosts for our visit were Drew Humphries and Mike Tardie. They pinch hit for former TAPPI Board Member, Lew Shackford, and Jim Oswald, who were called away on other issues.

The GL&V team were gracious host. The brought together 21 of their 100 employees, at this site, for an hour meeting in their conference room during this time; we shared updates on TAPPI, and had a Q&A Session on how TAPPI can offer even more value to GL&V and our industry in general.

The theme of Training, Knowledge and Networking seemed to resonate throughout the group.

GL&V was founded in 1975 by Laurent Verreault and Verreault, to service the Pulp, Paper and Water industries.

By the way, Drew Humphries mailed me a copy the book; “Let’s Dance” by Laurent Verreault and GLV.

This is a great read and gives insight into the history and passion of GL&V. We are going to add it to our TAPPI Library in Peachtree Corners.

A few of their Major Announcements include:

  • November 2013 GL&V Fab (TR) sold to Employees – FAB 3R
  • Spring 2014 Groundbreaking New Indian Shop-Markal Facility India
  • Operational January 2015
  • 29,000 sq. ft. Complete welding and machining capability
  • Owned and managed by GL&V P&P
  • September 2014 New website launched http://glvpulppaper.com
  • November 2014 Sale of Pulp &Paper to the Verrreault Family
    • Privatized by original founders
    • Focused on P&P
    • No change in Senior Management

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Above are 15 of the 21 in attendance who were not camera shy.

Where do they conduct business? Globally, the Americas, Eastern & Western Europe, Russia and India.

What do they bring to the table? Solutions, to reduce operating costs in the areas of; Power, Chemicals. Fibers, Safety and Time

They offer a staff of key technology problem solvers, as well as, strong support for their Strategic Businesses. They offer local offices around the globe for all product lines.

For more information on GL&V and their patented equipment please go to; www.glvpulppaer.com

For more information on TAPPI go to; www.tappi.org

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

Until next time……………….Larry

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Seneca Steel Erectors, Inc.

Eric Fletty and I recently discovered that the town of Logan, OH is home to Men and Women of Steel.


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. 


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...

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...


Is it the People or the Equipment?

Finally an answer to that age old argument—is it the people or the equipment?


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

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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

International Research Management at Its Best

On Nov. 4-7, 2013, 36 of our industry’s’ top research leaders, representing more than 30 institutions...

The Sometimes Unsung Leaders of TAPPI

I have to be one of the most blessed people on the face of the earth. I get to go to work each day in an industry where I always wanted to work, at an association that I have

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...

Riddle Me This!

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, Kristi Ledbetter, Eric Fletty and I had the privilege of having two gentlemen from one of TAPPI’s newest Sustaining Members...

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...

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...

Larry Travels to Delaware

Our trek to Wilmington, Del., although extremely interesting was not to find the answer to this burning question.

The Year of the Dragon: Part 2

This past May 31, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with personnel from APRIL's pulp mill in Rizhao, Shandong Province, China.


The Missing Link

The dates of February 28-March 1, 2012 will go down in history as the kick off dates of the one event that has been on the minds of many...


The Great Pacific Northwest! Part 1 of 3

Travels with Larry February 2017 


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.

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