Revolution: How the Changing Winds of Political, Societal and Digitalization Trends are Affecting Today’s Mills

Pleasant or toxic? Advanced or lagging? Innovative or outdated? Do you know how your mill stands in today’s multifaceted workplace?

As part of TAPPI’s 2020 Innovation and Leadership Conference Series, hosted by the PIMA Division, expert panelists will share their insights on Industry 4.0 during “The Pillars of the Digital Mill” session, Wednesday, September 16, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. These mill veterans will discuss how their respective companies and experiences helped harness the incredible value of digitalization. Key points covered include common “digital language,” automation and process control, data governance, and machine learning. Panelists include:

  • Moderator John McCormick, Green Pay Packaging
  • Robert White, Pulmac Systems
  • Patrick Dixon, DPAS-INC
  • David Worzalla, International Paper
  • Katie Hoffman, Phaidra
  • Mariana Sandin, OSIsoft

On Thursday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m., industry professionals will have the opportunity to attend the fifth session in the Conference Series featuring a panel of mill managers discussing “Evolving Mill Culture from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age.” This session examines workplace culture, which in turn directly impacts how your employees fit into the organization, your ability to attract and retain qualified employees, and ultimately your ability to meet performance expectations. Be sure to come prepared with questions as they address the societal, political and technological changes facing today’s mill environments. Panelists include:

  • Moderator Robert White, Pulmac Systems
  • William Cone, Green Bay Packaging
  • Kurt Mehlberg, Domtar
  • Mike Sussman, Graphic Packaging International
  • Sylvain Houle, Kruger Packaging L.P.

For more information about each session, panelists and speakers, and to register, visit:

There is a nominal charge of $59 for TAPPI members to attend the five remaining conference sessions, or $29 per session. For non-members, the cost is $233 for the remaining sessions, or $49 per sessions. There are additional discounts for Young Professionals, students, and retired professionals.