Old Home Week

It never ceases to amaze me, when TAPPI Members come together for a corporate visit or TAPPI conference with 100-5,000 people; we seem to pick up conversations with our friends and colleagues right where we left off.

Recently Eric Fletty and I had the privilege to go back and visit the company where Eric began his career in the Paper Industry.  That place was none other than GL&V located at 1 Cellu Drive, Suite 200, Nashua, NH. 03063. Their tag line reads; “Your Obvious Partner…in Pulp and Paper”.

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Mike Tardie and Eric Fletty catching up on old times.

Mike and Eric came into the industry around the same time and actually roomed together for a short time after attending the University of MAINE while working at IMPCO (now GL&V).

Our hosts for our visit were Drew Humphries and Mike Tardie. They pinch hit for former TAPPI Board Member, Lew Shackford, and Jim Oswald, who were called away on other issues.

The GL&V team were gracious host. The brought together 21 of their 100 employees, at this site, for an hour meeting in their conference room during this time; we shared updates on TAPPI, and had a Q&A Session on how TAPPI can offer even more value to GL&V and our industry in general.

The theme of Training, Knowledge and Networking seemed to resonate throughout the group.

GL&V was founded in 1975 by Laurent Verreault and Verreault, to service the Pulp, Paper and Water industries.

By the way, Drew Humphries mailed me a copy the book; “Let’s Dance” by Laurent Verreault and GLV.

This is a great read and gives insight into the history and passion of GL&V. We are going to add it to our TAPPI Library in Peachtree Corners.

A few of their Major Announcements include:

  • November 2013 GL&V Fab (TR) sold to Employees – FAB 3R
  • Spring 2014 Groundbreaking New Indian Shop-Markal Facility India
  • Operational January 2015
  • 29,000 sq. ft. Complete welding and machining capability
  • Owned and managed by GL&V P&P
  • September 2014 New website launched http://glvpulppaper.com
  • November 2014 Sale of Pulp &Paper to the Verrreault Family
    • Privatized by original founders
    • Focused on P&P
    • No change in Senior Management

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Above are 15 of the 21 in attendance who were not camera shy.

Where do they conduct business? Globally, the Americas, Eastern & Western Europe, Russia and India.

What do they bring to the table? Solutions, to reduce operating costs in the areas of; Power, Chemicals. Fibers, Safety and Time

They offer a staff of key technology problem solvers, as well as, strong support for their Strategic Businesses. They offer local offices around the globe for all product lines.

For more information on GL&V and their patented equipment please go to; www.glvpulppaer.com

For more information on TAPPI go to; www.tappi.org

Remember, there are two types of people in our industry, TAPPI members and those who should be.

Until next time……………….Larry

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A Passion for TAPPI Local Sections

How many times do you get to actually meet with two of the legends of TAPPI's Local Section community...

The Year of the Dragon - Part 1

Back in 1991, during my days with Republic Paperboard in Hutchinson, Kan., USA, a gentleman set up an appointment with me to discuss a "revolutionary idea...

One of a kind CEO, one of a kind company

Recently a politician made a statement during a campaign speech: "Corporations are not people, people are people...


All About Axchem

Larry spends time with TAPPI's newest Sustaining Member company at PaperCon 2016

Familiar Names, a New location and a New Attitude

April 19 20, 2017 (right before PaperCon2017) Kristi Ledbetter, TAPPI’s Converting Division Manager, and I had the privilege to revisit a company that I had the pleasure of writing about several years ago.

Seneca Steel Erectors, Inc.

Eric Fletty and I recently discovered that the town of Logan, OH is home to Men and Women of Steel.


An Accent on Innovation

On May 13, 2014, Eric Fletty and I had the opportunity to visit with one of TAPPI’s Sustaining Member companies, Kadant Inc., at its Kadant Johnson facility in Three Rivers, Mich., USA. 


If you Mess it Up, Un-Mess It!

If you have been around any time at all in our industry, you know that things will get messed up in the areas of finished goods...

The Great Pacific Northwest! Part 1 of 3

Travels with Larry February 2017 


Paper Shows up in the Strangest Places

I have adopted nine cities in my career in this industry, but my hometown was and remains to be Memphis, Tenn., USA.

You Never Know

John, you will be missed...

There's No Place Like Home

When visiting Thompson Industrial Services, LLC, Eric Fletty and I had the pleasure to visit a town that neither of us had been before.

Is it the People or the Equipment?

Finally an answer to that age old argument—is it the people or the equipment?


What a whirlwind in September & October 2016 Volume 2

Fall 2016 -- I have seen the Future


Old Home Week

It never ceases to amaze me, when TAPPI Members come together for a corporate visit or TAPPI conference with 100-5,000 people...

A Very Special Visit

Turning Pulp into Possibilities; Making Big Ideas Fly; All Custom Specifications; To Protect our Customer’s Products; We Design to Our Customer’s Specification; Bigger, Brighter, and Stronger Together.

Runs Batted In

In non-baseball terms, RBI stands for the Renewable Bioproducts Institute located at Georgia Tech. 

What a whirlwind in September & October 2016 Volume 1

Fall 2016 -- Keynote Speaker at Pulp and Paper Industry Reliability and Maintenance Conference. 

WestRock Production Managers Development Program

Have you ever had one of those days when you discover a project that makes you say; “Wow, I wish I had thought of that one!”?

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