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Mill manager appointed at St. Marys Paper

A local employee has been promoted to the top job at the Sault's St. Marys Paper Mill. Marc Dube was formerly woodlands manager at the Sault operation. He also was interim mill manager for the past year.
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A local employee has been promoted to the top job at the Sault's St. Marys Paper Mill.

Marc Dube was formerly woodlands manager at the Sault operation. He also was interim mill manager for the past year.

On Saturday, the company faxed media outlets indicating that Dube is the new mill manager.

Here's how the opening was described in a recent job posting at www.forest.ca:

"Reporting to the president, yet highly autonomous, the individual will be responsible for the overall strategic and operational leadership of the St. Marys Paper Mill.

"The general manager/mill manager will be responsible and accountable for all aspects of the operations, with a results-based focus that will enhance product opportunities, identify value adding potential, control and minimize costs and develop a strategic plan to maximize value from the paper and the mill operations.

"The ideal candidate is a general manager, mill manager or senior operational manager, such as a production manager from a paper, or a pulp and paper environment with an excellent track record in a management role encompassing general management, operations, finance and human resources responsibilities," the job posting said.

Here's the news release distributed by the company on Saturday:

*************************************************************************** A senior St. Marys Paper employee is its new mill manager. In an announcement issued today, Marc Dube was formally appointed to the mill's top administrative position.

Formerly woodlands manager at the Sault Ste. Marie paper mill, he acted as interim mill manager for the past year. In making the appointment, St. Marys Paper President Ron Stern noted, there has been significant progress in productivity, quality and spirit of unity in the mill.

The president congratulated all employees for their efforts in those achievements and said, "Marc's leadership during this period has inspired confidence among all employees, with our sales group and the board of directors."

Mr. Dube points to the extraordinary people as the core of the success at St. Marys and says that commitment and extensive preparations over the last few years will ensure future success.

"Like many markets, the paper industry has cycles and right now we are experiencing low selling prices for our products.

"However, over the past seven years we've prepared ourselves in strong capital investments and operational improvements to weather these low points.

"Our strongest resource continues to be our people. Their skills and our preparations position us well for a bright future."

Following his work with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Mr. Dube's career with St. Marys Paper started in 1984 as a forestry technician and progressed to the position of woodlands manager with responsibility for environmental affairs.

Among his achievements with St. Marys Paper are the increased partnerships and collaborations with other resource and community organizations, including the formation of the Algoma Forest Coalition; a leadership role in promoting shared use of the land and its resources; improvement of the environmental processes at the mill; efforts with community and government for joint beneficial use of mill by-products. *************************************************************************** This article looks best printed on Sequel supercalendered groundwood paper

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