Sappi Fine Paper North America Named 2012 Maine Manufacturer of the Year

BOSTON – Sappi Fine Paper North America today announced it has been named the 2012 Maine Manufacturer of the Year by the Maine Forest Products Council (MFPC). As a first-time winner, Sappi is being recognized for its continued success in Maine with acknowledgements for innovative strategy, dedicated investment, value-added service, environmental leadership, safety performance and community involvement.

The 2012 Maine Manufacturer of the Year award is evaluated based on six key criteria, including, how the company is:

  • Developing and implementing innovative approaches to its business in effort to remain successful and differentiate itself from competition;
  • Adding value to its products and processes for customers;
  • Providing a clean and safe working environment for employees, including government regulations and training programs;
  • Contributing to environmental programs in the local community;
  • Creating an overall positive impression of the facility, the process and worker productivity;
  • Directing strategic growth initiatives for long-term success.

"As a manufacturer with a long, successful history in Maine, we pride ourselves in our ability to consistently demonstrate best practices across manufacturing operations" says John Donahue, vice president of manufacturing, Sappi Fine Paper North America. "At Sappi, we strive to keep innovation and safety top of mind while also investing in opportunities for environmental leadership and community involvement; our strategy ensures profitable business growth for the long-term. We are honored and privileged to be named Maine Manufacturer of the Year and look forward to continuing our success in the state of Maine."

Sappi was awarded the Maine Manufacturer of the Year award at the MFPC's 52nd Annual Membership Meeting, which was held on Sunday, Sept. 16 through Monday, Sept. 17 in Rockport, Maine.

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About Maine Forest Products Council

The Maine Forest Products Council was founded in 1960 to serve the diverse needs of Maine's forest products community. The organization's membership ranges from landowners and loggers to truckers, paper mills, and lumber processors; in short, anyone who has an interest in seeing the Maine woods remain a viable, sustainable resource.


About Sappi Fine Paper North America

Sappi Fine Paper North America, known for innovation and quality, is a preeminent North American producer of coated fine and release papers and market pulp headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Its coated fine papers, with highly recognized brand names such as McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are used in premium magazines, catalogs, books and high-end print advertising. The company is also the world's leading supplier of release papers for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries, including the globally recognized Ultracast brand. Sappi's release papers provide the surface aesthetics for synthetic fabrics used in footwear, clothing, upholstery and accessories, as well as the textures for decorative laminates found in kitchens, baths, flooring and other decorative surfaces. An integrated pulp and paper producer, with state-of-the-art pulp mills, Sappi is the third largest seller of hardwood pulp in North America.

Sappi Fine Paper North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited, a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with manufacturing operations on four continents in eight countries, sales offices in 35 countries, and customers in over 100 countries around the world. For more information, visit:


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