Thunder Bay Fine Papers Inc. has announced the appointment of Mr. John Hitchman as President and Chief Operating Officer effective immediately.
Mr. Hitchman has had a 38-year career with increasing responsibilities through “hands-on” leadership in manufacturing, technical services, and strategic planning. Hitchman has been a team leader in six successful turnarounds, including Australian Paper, the coated papers division of AMCOR, Australia, and is a certified instructor in the Kepner-Tregoe process, a systematic, analytical, disciplined approach to problem solving and decision analysis.
Mr. Hitchman was Associate Professor of Engineering at Thunder Bay’s Lakehead University, and lectured in Confederation College’s Business Management Program.
Thunder Bay Fine Papers Inc. is a 200,000 ton per year coated paper mill located in Thunder Bay Ontario, The mill was shuttered in January 2006 and acquired in late 2007 by a group of private investors. The operation has been undergoing extensive rebuilding to improve safety, quality, costs and equipment efficiency. The restart of paper machine # 8 has been very successful and it is producing world class quality coated paper at an accelerated production rate of 260 tons per day. Paper machine # 5 is scheduled to come back on line in the first week of August, 2008. Paper machine # 6 will be the last machine to be restarted on completion of modifications and upgrades.
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