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Future of Fiber II: Emerging Trends &


September 19, 2014

On Friday, September 19, 2014 at our last WRED event of the year, over 50 attendees joined us at the Landing Mall in Port Angeles, WA for the second event in a two-part series on fiber recycling, "Future of Fiber II: Emerging Trends & Technology." 

With coffee and pastries in hand, attendees enjoyed a morning of networking with peers at the waterfront banquet room overlooking the port on the second floor of the Landing Mall. Rob Feller with Nippon Paper Industries began the day’s presentations with an in depth overview of Nippon’s history, operations and challenges. 


From there attendees took a short ride down the road for a behind-the-scenes tour of Nippon Paper Mill guided by knowledgeable and energetic staff who answered questions and helped explain the day-to-day operations of the mill.



Following the tour, attendees returned to the Landing Mall for a delicious buffet lunch and beverages provided by local businesses, while taking time to network with peers and make new connections. Jim Slayton, Vice President of Sales with Printwest, continued presentations with an overview of Printwest’s environmentally friendly printing operations, highlighting their dedication to using recycled materials and energy efficient equipment to produce their print materials. Our last presenter of the day, Yvonne Starkey with Port Townsend Paper, helped explain the purchasing decisions of fiber at their location in Port Townsend, as well as an overview of their history and adaptation to a changing market. 


Before the day ended, attendees got a chance to ask questions regarding the day’s agenda to our panel of speakers where recycling challenges, educational outreach opportunities and future market issues were discussed in more detail. 


Thank you to all of our sponsors, speakers, Precious Metal Members, WRED Committee members, hosts and attendees for another successful WRED event!


Nippon Paper Mill Overview
Rob Feller, Technical Manager, Nippon Paper Industries USA


Sourcing PCW Recycled Paper 

Jim Slayton, Vice President of Sales, Printwest


Port Townsend Paper Company Overview

Yvonne Starkey, Purchasing Manager, Port Townsend Paper Company


To view the photos from this event, visit our Facebook page!


Gold Sponsors:



Olympic Disposal

Silver Sponsors: 


City of Port Angeles

Lautenbach Industries

Pacific Disposal


Republic Services


In-Kind Sponsors:

Bedford's Sodas

The Landing Mall

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