Specialty Producer Tries a New Quick Link to Efficiency, Paper360º September/October
Inland Empire Paper Co. (IEP), located in Millwood, WA, near Spokane, has been in business since 1911. It manufactures more than 50 grades of newsprint and specialty papers using a combination of virgin mechanical and recycled fiber.
IEP is the sole supplier of the famous peach-colored paper for the Financial Times in North America. IEP’s #5 paper machine, installed in 2001, has a width of 225 inches (5.72 m) and operates between 3,800-5,000 fpm (1,160-1,524 m/min), depending on the grade being produced. The company prides itself on being innovative and responsive to customers. “We are always looking to improve our costs and operational efficiencies,” says Kevin Davis, production manager. “So, when a supplier-partner pro-poses an innovation that can improve our cost position or competitive advantage, we are very open to discussing and understanding the opportunity.”
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