KapStone Upgrading PM 3 at Roanoke Rapids

KapStone Paper and Packaging, Northbrook, Ill., USA, reports that it is investing $15.2 million to upgrade its No. 3 paper machine at Roanoke Rapids, N.C. With an annual capacity of 205,000 tons, the lightweight kraft paper products manufactured on PM 3 are primarily sold into the shipping sack, refuse bag, and coating and laminating market segments.

A total of $5.8 million has been invested at the mill during the past three years, resulting in strength enhancements, improved contaminant removal, and reduction in overall process and product variability. By the fall of 2011, an additional $9.4 million will be invested for additional modernization to improve overall energy efficiency, reliability, and performance.