US – US-based packaging company, Crown Paper Group has appointed Will Lindsay as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective December 19, 2022.

Lindsay brings to Crown Paper Group more than three decades of experience in the paper and packaging industry, including leadership across global sales and marketing, supply chain, and product performance.

He has held various positions at Longview Fiber Paper & Packaging Inc., KapStone Paper & Packaging Inc., and WestRock.

Lindsay most recently served as Senior Director, Global Papers Strategy and Product Optimization at WestRock and brings to this role extensive experience across the paper and packaging industry.

“We are very fortunate to have Will leading Crown Paper Group,” said Randy Nebel, Chairman of the Crown Paper Group Board of Directors.

“This is an exciting and transformative time at Crown and Will brings the sector knowledge and leadership we need as we chart the course for a great future for Crown Paper Group.”

Crown Paper Group, including Port Townsend Paper Company and Crown Corrugated Company, is an integrated mill and containerboard operation with a strategic presence in the growing markets of the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.

Port Townsend Paper Corporation is a leading provider of high-quality recycled and virgin kraft containerboard, kraft pulp and specialty products in Port Townsend, Washington.

The company’s two converting facilities, known as Crown Packaging and Boxmaster, operate with extensive customer reach and distribution capabilities throughout British Columbia and Alberta.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Crown team and looking forward to working with my new colleagues to strengthen the business, positioning us for long-term market leadership,” said Lindsay.

“This is a special company with a great history and significant potential for growth. We will be great community stewards and a trusted partner for existing and future customers. I can’t wait to get to work.”

Port Townsend mill fined US$56k for air quality violation

Meanwhile, Port Townsend Paper Corporation has been fined US$56,250 for exceeding an air quality limit at its Port Townsend mill.

The company has 30 days to pay the fine or to appeal the penalty to the Pollution Control Hearings Board.

State officials said emissions measured from the mill’s recovery furnace on July 6 exceeded the hazardous air pollutant limit required under their air quality permit.

According to Ecology, a clog in part of the emissions treatment system was found to be limiting the system’s performance.

Port Townsend Paper Corporation, which is owned by Crown Paper Group, discovered and corrected the problem on July 7, according to Ecology.

The mill performed a performance test on Aug. 25 that demonstrated compliance with the emission limit that was set in the company’s air quality permit.

Port Townsend Paper Corporation’s air quality permit limits emissions of hazardous air pollutants such as metals from the facility’s recovery furnace, and the permit conditions use particulate matter levels as a proxy for other forms of pollution.

Ecology said the company demonstrates compliance with the limit by periodically measuring emissions from the recovery furnace.

State officials noted that hazardous air pollutants can endanger public health, especially in sensitive groups that include children, adults over 65, and people with respiratory issues.

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