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We Enjoyed Papercon 2016, in Cincinnati

TAPPI’s 101’s year was celebrated with the annual conference in Cincinnati, and Doug and Jacqui Sweet had a booth at the exhibit (see photo).  We featured our specialty gauges and included new graphics with the help of our daughter Carrie and her husband Sam.  Yes, Jacqui had her cookies, with a couple new recipes.  The Papermaking track had a theme of “Who is going to do?”  It might sound a little strange, but International Paper had a Vietnamese engineer who ended a strategy and planning meeting saying, “we make, lists, we make lists, but who is going to do?”  This question made sense and made a good theme.  Carrie created a little “do list” note pad to hand out.

Our next event will be our 15 year anniversary celebration in Birmingham!  Well, we lasted longer than the DeLorean Motor Company.  We will post a few photos of that event.

Doug is still doing many vacuum studies

During September 2015 we visited the WestRock (used to be RockTenn) mill in Panama City, FL for a study of their pulp machine.  We used the opportunity to take a little vacation time with our travel trailer, and even met some friends at a local campground.  After dinner one night we drove over near the WestRock mill and was able to take an interesting nighttime photo.

Also, just to add to this post, I came across a very old post card from when the paper mill was first constructed…during the late 1940’s.  It was originally an International Paper mill.  Here it is.

Pacwest 2015 was in Whistler This year

Jacqui and I have been attending this conference since 2012.  It is either in British Columbia or Alberta.  For the first time since 2007 Doug didn’t present a paper (we were a little burnt out from TAPPI Papercon).  After the conference, and after participating in the golf tournament, we took two ferries over to Salt Spring Island.  This is on the SW corner of Vancouver Island.  Here is an interesting photo from the second ferry which departed from Crofton.  Looking west from the ferry was the Catalyst Paper mill in Crofton.

TAPPI Papercon – Atlanta – 2015

We had another busy TAPPI conference and trade fair.  Since it was TAPPI’s 100th anniversary, we displayed many old Clark & Vicario and Nash items in our booth.

PHOTO (DS&A Booth – Copy)

Philip Wells and Doug Sweet co-chaired a session which featured four Veteran Papermakers and this was an enjoyable part of the conference.  Left to right in the photo:  Doug Sweet, D. D. Smith, Nicki Slusser, Harrison Watson, Boyd Curtis, and Philip Wells.  Among the 4 papermakers there was 171 combined years in the industry.  Also, between Philip and myself we have almost 80 years.

PHOTO (Veterans)

Jacqui brought over her home made cookies and included a German cookie recipe that was a few hundred years old.  A special event was attending the TAPPI Awards banquet (with Jacqui, Doug II, and his wife Corinne) when Doug was awarded the TAPPI Engineering Division Technical Award and Beloit Prize.  This is awarded annually to a single person, and had been done since the mid ’80’s.

Visit us at TAPPI Papercon 2015, in Atlanta

We are participating in Papercon again.  Be sure to look for us.  The conference is April 19 – 22 at the Georgia World Congress Center.  This year we will be in booth #715.  Since this is TAPPI’s 100th anniversary we will have some historical items on display.  Doug is co-chairing a special session with Philip Wells on Tuesday morning.  This will include four veteran papermakers and we will be looking forward to a lively session as we discuss what has changed in the mills during the past 40 – 50 years.  Doug is also presenting a paper at 10:30 am on Wednesday.  The title is The 20, 30, 40 Year Old Vacuum System of the Future.  Oh yes, Jacqui will definitely have her home made cookies!

TAPPI Papercon 2014 – Nashville was a Great Conference

We really enjoyed the conference, seeing many old friends, and making new acquaintances.  Since the event was in Nashville we wanted to tailor our booth to reflect the country music atmosphere (actually, Jacqui and I dreamed up that idea a year earlier while driving back from the previous Papercon).  Our “Vacuum Guitar” was popular and often photographed.  TAPPI posted a photo in the Wednesday edition of the conference newsletter.  The paper industry is upbeat with many new projects being discussed.  Rod Fisher, of Fisher International said, “It is a rebuild world”.  We signed up for Papercon 2015 which will celebrate TAPPI’s 100th anniversary.  This will be in Atlanta.  Our booth will be #715 in 2015.