Newsprint and the Paper Defects Wall Chart
Copyright and Existing Stock FOR SALE
to the closure of Blue Heron Paper Company, the copyright to About
Newsprint and the Paper Defects Wall Chart and all existing stock
are available for purchase at $500. Delivery costs or pick-up of
the current books and charts will be at the purchaser's expense.
If interested, please call 503-650-4211 for futher details.
Newsprint was written by experienced paper makers and customer service
people with the goal to improve communication between manufacturers
and printers. The paper making process is explained along with detailed
descriptions and illustrations of paper defects. This 88-page publication
is available in English and Spanish.
Paper Defects Wall Chart A 2ft by 3ft wall chart helps operators
identify and troubleshoot paper problems. Available in English only.
RELEASE - Blue Heron Paper Co.
Blue Heron Paper Company regrettably announces that it is permanently
curtailing operations at its Oregon City specialty paper mill and
issuing WARN notices to its employees related to permanent closure
of the facility. On December 31, 2009, Blue Heron filed for bankruptcy
protection and has been operating for the last 14 months under the
Chapter 11 protective umbrella as it has refined its reorganization
plan and tried to emerge. Immediately after filing, the Company
went through a downsizing in which it cut about 3,000 tons per month
of newsprint production, reduced headcount, increased worker flexibility
with the support of its union employees, and began a focused effort
to grow a new product line of environmentally friendly commercial
toweling grades. "The initial plan was successful in restoring
profitability and the Company received meaningful support from its
suppliers and other creditors", said Company president Mike
Siebers, "but lately those profits began to erode due to escalating
waste paper prices and limited availability of that raw material.
"All the paper products we manufacture use a high percentage
of recycled fiber in them", said Siebers. "Mills like
Blue Heron are where the actual recycling of the collected waste
paper you set out at the curb takes place. But China and other far-East
countries have developed an insatiable appetite for recycled fiber
to support their own paper plants which are then subsidized by their
parent countries in other ways to maintain their jobs. This allows
them to drive up the price for waste paper to unsustainable high
levels for periods of time, giving them an unfair advantage over
companies like ours," said Siebers.
with refining its reorganization plan, Blue Heron lately also actively
sought an investment partner or buyer who could provide additional
capital standing to secure trade credit and strategic or operating
synergies with the Company. So far we have been unable to identify
an investor willing to proceed at an appropriate value.
things have come to a quick head due to an unforeseeable and dramatic
increase in waste paper cost in February," said Siebers. "In
this month alone, our delivered cost for recycled paper has increased
by $24 per ton adding around $240,000 to our monthly cost of production
and basically wiping out any potential for profit in the near-term
future. Our waste paper suppliers have told us to either meet the
market price or they will not deliver. This has left the Company
with no other choice other than to curtail operations and announce
the closure. The Oregon City mill is expected to only operate for
a few more days as it runs out its supplies. Beyond that,"
said Mr. Siebers, "it is unclear if the operation will ever
Heron is a 100% employee-owned Company that has been in business
since 2000. Currently, they employ about 175 union and non-union
workers. "I feel sorry for both our employees and customers,"
said Siebers. "The Company has worked hard to produce new and
unique recycled fiber products that support customers' demands for
environmental attributes. I would like to thank our employees for
their dedication to the job, the suppliers who have stayed with
us through this entire process, and our customers for their support
of our products." "Unfortunately, these high-paying green
jobs are now going to be exported to China along with the recyclable
waste paper that is shipped there." There has been paper produced
at the Oregon City mill site at the falls for over 100 years.
in May 2000, Blue Heron Paper Company is
an an integrated producer of newsprint, high brights, bag, towel
and specialty papers all made with a high recycled content.
are pleased to announce chain of custody certifications achieved
Forestry Initiative (SFI): all products
reNews, reBrite, Natural and Bright Bag, Natural and Bright Towel
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC): printing grades
reNews and reBright
our Environmental Statement.
information about our Product