You Never Know

We had a wonderful CorrExpo2013 in the great city of Indianapolis, Ind., USA, last month. More than 900 of the corrugated industry’s best attended this gathering. I tried to speak to most of them. Those I happen to miss, I thought I would make a special effort to see "the next time." One of those individuals that I was able to spend some time with was John Kohl of Harper Love Adhesives.

One of the last things John said to me after the conference was; "I will see you in a couple of weeks at TAPPI’s Corrugated Packaging Council meeting in Jacksonville." How many times have we all made such statements?

We waited on John to no avail; he passed away while traveling to our council meeting. All of Harper Love Adhesives, including John especially, have been great supporters of TAPPI and this great industry for decades. Our hearts go out to the Harper Love Adhesives family as well as John’s family during this very trying time.Kohl

John, you will be missed.

John Kohl, technical director for Harper Love Adhesives, died suddenly on Oct. 28, 2013. He was 54. John had been with Harper Love for 17 years. He was very active in TAPPI and was currently serving as an elected member of the Corrugated Packaging Council of TAPPI. He served as chairman of that organization’s Fiberboard Shipping Container Testing Committee (FISCOTEC). He was a frequent presenter of technical papers involving both wastewater treatment as well as starch adhesive topics. He also presented at numerous TAPPI and AICC training sessions.

Prior to joining Harper Love, John was production manager in the cutting die industry for both Container Graphics and earlier for Dynamic Dies.

He was a valuable resource for the Harper Love staff and its customers, widely respected for his technical knowledge and professionalism. He will be greatly missed.

John is survived by his wife Patty and daughters Kathryn and Kristine.

Until next time...

Larry

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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...

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...

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...


All About Axchem

Larry spends time with TAPPI's newest Sustaining Member company at PaperCon 2016

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.

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. 


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...

The Great Pacific Northwest! Part 1 of 3

Travels with Larry February 2017 


Paper Shows up in the Strangest Places

I have adopted nine cities in my career in this industry, but my hometown was and remains to be Memphis, Tenn., USA.

You Never Know

John, you will be missed...

There's No Place Like Home

When visiting Thompson Industrial Services, LLC, Eric Fletty and I had the pleasure to visit a town that neither of us had been before.

Is it the People or the Equipment?

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


What a whirlwind in September & October 2016 Volume 2

Fall 2016 -- I have seen the Future


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...

A Very Special Visit

Turning Pulp into Possibilities; Making Big Ideas Fly; All Custom Specifications; To Protect our Customer’s Products; We Design to Our Customer’s Specification; Bigger, Brighter, and Stronger Together.

Runs Batted In

In non-baseball terms, RBI stands for the Renewable Bioproducts Institute located at Georgia Tech. 

What a whirlwind in September & October 2016 Volume 1

Fall 2016 -- Keynote Speaker at Pulp and Paper Industry Reliability and Maintenance Conference. 

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!”?

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