Sappi North America Appoints Tom Radovich as Managing Director of Cloquet, Minn. Mill

Interim Mill Director brings extensive experience into new role

BOSTON, Dec. 19, 2019 -- Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and dissolving pulp, today announced the promotion of Tom Radovich to Managing Director of Sappi North America's Cloquet Mill in Minnesota, effective as of Dec. 1, 2019. This news follows the appointment of Mike Schultz, former Managing Director, as Vice President of Manufacturing for Sappi North America this past fall. Radovich has served as interim Managing Director of the Cloquet Mill since September.

"I am proud to be given the opportunity to lead Sappi's Cloquet Mill. We continue to remain a bright spot in the community because of our strong commitment to employee safety and education, sustainability, and giving back. I look forward to strengthening these efforts further in the years to come in my new role," said Radovich.

Radovich has been a part of Sappi's Cloquet Mill for 25 years beginning in the Technical Department in 1994. After Sappi's acquisition of the mill in 2002, he was named Paper Operations Superintendent then again promoted to Operations Lead in 2005. His work at the Cloquet Mill has included the upgrade of the PM12 coater, leading the pulp mill conversion project for the new dry fiber building and the PM4 former upgrade. After his promotion in 2017 to Paper Mill Manager, his direct leadership was instrumental in achieving the mill's record efficiency performance.

"The permanent appointment of Tom Radovich as Managing Director of Sappi's Cloquet Mill is a decision made with confidence," said Schultz. "Tom's wealth of experience for the role, combined with his commitment toward the success of the mill, will ensure Sappi's continued progression as a leader in the industry."

As a continuation of the interim role, Radovich will assume all acting duties as Managing Director for Sappi's Cloquet Mill and its place in the community. He holds a Bachelor of Paper Science and Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota.

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About Sappi North America, Inc.
Maintaining its position as a leader in diversified wood fiber products, Sappi North America is focused on achieving the goals set in the Sappi Group's 2020Vision. Sappi North America employs over 2,000 individuals at its three mills, sheeting facility, Technology Center, and supporting offices across the U.S. Altogether, the sites produce 1.35 million metric tons of paper, and over 800,000 metric tons of kraft and dissolving pulp (DP) annually. 

Sappi North America, Inc., headquartered in Boston, is a market leader in converting wood fiber into superior products that customers demand worldwide. The success of our four diversified businesses – high-quality Coated Graphic Papers, Dissolving Pulp, Packaging and Specialty Papers and Casting and Release Papers – is driven by strong customer relationships, best-in-class people and advantaged assets, products and services. Our high-quality Coated Graphic Papers, including McCoy, Opus, Somerset, and Flo, are the key platform for premium magazines, catalogs, books, direct mail and high-end print advertising. We are a leading manufacturer of Dissolving Pulp with Verve, which is used in a wide range of products, including textile fibers and household goods. We deliver sustainable Packaging and Specialty Papers for luxury packaging and folding carton applications with our single-ply packaging brands, Spectro and Proto, and for the food and label industries with our specialty papers, LusterPrint and LusterCote. We are also one of the world's leading suppliers of Casting and Release Papers with our Ultracast, PolyEX, Classics and Neoterix lines for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries. Customers rely on Sappi for high technical, operational and market expertise; products and services delivered with consistently high quality and reliability; and, state-of-the-art and cost-competitive assets and innovative spirit.

Sappi North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 12,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 150 countries.