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Sappi announces new Cloquet leadership

Sappi Fine Paper North America announced last week that Rick Dwyer has been appointed as the new managing director of the Cloquet mill. As managing director, he will be responsible for overseeing the safety performance, productivity and cost mana...

Sappi Fine Paper North America announced last week that Rick Dwyer has been appointed as the new managing director of the Cloquet mill. As managing director, he will be responsible for overseeing the safety performance, productivity and cost management of the integrated pulp and coated fine paper mill.

Sappi also announced the appointment of Mike Schultz as managing director of the upcoming $170 million capital project to convert Cloquet's pulp mill from hardwood kraft pulp to produce chemical cellulose, the largest capital investment in Cloquet since the 1990s.

"We are very excited to announce the appointment of Rick Dwyer as managing director of our Cloquet mill and Mike Schultz as managing director of the pulp mill conversion," said John Donahue, vice president of manufacturing, Sappi Fine Paper North America. "Dwyer and Schultz bring an expertise and leadership that is critical to operating our world-class coated fine paper and pulp mills safely and sustainably. Managing a large-scale manufacturing site like Cloquet is no easy task. I am confident our mill, under their direction, will maintain the highest standard of performance." 

Dwyer brings over 34 years of paper industry experience to his new role as managing director of the Cloquet mill. With Dwyer's focus on customers, in his new position at Cloquet, he will continue to support the mill on quality and operating improvements. Most recently, he played an important role in the work leading to the Sappi Limited Board's approval of the Cloquet mill's upcoming capital project on chemical cellulose. Prior to this project, he served as managing director of the Muskegon mill. Before joining Sappi, Dwyer held positions at International Paper and Fox River Paper.

For the upcoming conversion of Cloquet's pulp mill to chemical cellulose, Dwyer will work closely with Schultz, the newly appointed managing director of this highly strategic project. With over 20 years of experience at the Cloquet mill, including his previous roles as managing director and pulp production manager, Schultz brings extensive experience in pulping and project leadership to this initiative.

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