March 1, 2016
President John Brewer called the meeting to order at 7:33am. Walt Tichenor led the flag salute. Guests included: Mark Hannah, Bruce Skinner, Young Johnson, John Hilbert, Brian Boone, Steve and Lucy Norwell, and several I missed.
Edna reminded everyone of the upcoming Welcome Home event for the Coho on March 5, and of the shop at par during March and April.
Minutes were read and corrected to read Washington Business Alliance. Ted moved and Andrew seconded that the minutes be approved as corrected.
Kai suggested membership follow the actions of the County Commissioners on flouride and possibility of taxes on septic systems. Andrew bragged about PABA mentioned in the newspapers. John reminded everyone to let him know about any possible program topics.
Andrew introduced Mark Fournier from Nippon Paper, commenting on the continuing importance of and need for paper. Mr. Fournier traced his background in the paper business in Canada and the United States and he pointed out the reputation of Nippon in a paper industry – it is the sixth largest paper mill in the world – and it has the respect of its Japanese owners. The mill is now turning a profit.
Mark said biomass or green energy is helping to control the price of running the mill. It is his hope that the PM 2 that is down now will be started again.
Nippon Paper is now producing paper for towels, paint masking, bag paper, waxed sandwich paper, bread paper, stretchable crépe paper and sugar and oatmeal pouches. Companies using the products are Starbucks, Safeco, Providence Hospital and WalMart. He touched on other subjects such as corrugated case recycling, steam generating and connecting the bottom to pick up top. With many mills in the world going under or changing their products, Nippon is working to fill the gap between the bottom and the top.
Q & A Period
Branding, hiring, fuel vs freight rates, EPA and FDA regulations, European and United States cleanliness and methane free shopping bags.
Meeting adjourned at 8:32am.