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. Our hosts included Carl Howe, Wes Martz, Danielle Rohrer, and Greg Wedel. 

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In the photo above (l-r) are Carl Howe, Wes Martz, Larry N. Montague, Greg Wedel, and Eric Fletty. (Notice the K, N, T, and Danielle Rohrer were all camera shy in this shot...Danielle actually took the picture.)

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From the original site of their Three Rivers operations to their current Vision, Mission, Strategy, and Value Statements, these folks are the "Real Deal."

For more than a century, Kadant Inc. has been a global supplier of high-value, critical components and engineered systems used in process industries worldwide. The company’s products, technologies, and services play an integral role in enhancing process efficiency, optimizing energy utilization, and maximizing productivity in resource intensive industries. Based in Westford, Mass., with revenues of $344 million in 2013 and 1,800 employees in 17 countries worldwide, Kadant serves customers in 150 countries. The company is off to a solid start with $115 million in bookings the first quarter of 2014. If you are interested, its stock is listed on the NYSE under KAI.

Kadant’s primary product lines are: 

  • Fiberline systems for recovering recycled fibers and processing virgin fibers 
  • Fluid handling systems that transfer fluid and power between fixed piping and rotating components
  • Roll doctoring and scraping products that clean roll surfaces to keep machines running efficiently
  • Cleaning and filtration systems that clean fabrics and filter and recycle process water
  • Wood processing systems to debark and cut logs into strands used in the production of OSB
  • Fiber-based granules made from papermaking byproducts for agricultural and professional turf applications. 

These products are used in various industries, including paper, building and forest products, construction, corrugating, machine tool, textiles, nonwovens, flexible packaging, chemicals, converting, food and beverage, metals, and rubber and plastics.

More information on Kadant Inc. is available online. 
More information about TAPPI also is available online.

"There are two types of people in our industry—TAPPI members and those who should be."
 
Until next time...Larry

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The Great Pacific Northwest! Part 1 of 3

Travels with Larry February 2017 


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.

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.

All About Axchem

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

What a whirlwind in September & October 2016 Volume 2

Fall 2016 -- I have seen the Future


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.


Larry Travels to Delaware

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

What a whirlwind in September & October 2016 Volume 1

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

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...

You Never Know

John, you will be missed...

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.

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.

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...

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. 


Seneca Steel Erectors, Inc.

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


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.

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