You Never Know

We had a wonderful CorrExpo2013 in the great city of Indianapolis, Ind., USA, last month. More than 900 of the corrugated industry’s best attended this gathering. I tried to speak to most of them. Those I happen to miss, I thought I would make a special effort to see "the next time." One of those individuals that I was able to spend some time with was John Kohl of Harper Love Adhesives.

One of the last things John said to me after the conference was; "I will see you in a couple of weeks at TAPPI’s Corrugated Packaging Council meeting in Jacksonville." How many times have we all made such statements?

We waited on John to no avail; he passed away while traveling to our council meeting. All of Harper Love Adhesives, including John especially, have been great supporters of TAPPI and this great industry for decades. Our hearts go out to the Harper Love Adhesives family as well as John’s family during this very trying time.Kohl

John, you will be missed.

John Kohl, technical director for Harper Love Adhesives, died suddenly on Oct. 28, 2013. He was 54. John had been with Harper Love for 17 years. He was very active in TAPPI and was currently serving as an elected member of the Corrugated Packaging Council of TAPPI. He served as chairman of that organization’s Fiberboard Shipping Container Testing Committee (FISCOTEC). He was a frequent presenter of technical papers involving both wastewater treatment as well as starch adhesive topics. He also presented at numerous TAPPI and AICC training sessions.

Prior to joining Harper Love, John was production manager in the cutting die industry for both Container Graphics and earlier for Dynamic Dies.

He was a valuable resource for the Harper Love staff and its customers, widely respected for his technical knowledge and professionalism. He will be greatly missed.

John is survived by his wife Patty and daughters Kathryn and Kristine.

Until next time...

Larry

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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...

To find something Special sometimes you have to look under every Rock

On June 22, 2016 I had the pleasure to visit a location of a 75 Year TAPPI Sustaining Member Company. That company is WestRock and that location was the Aurora, IL Paperboard Facility.

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.

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...

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?


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...

The Great Pacific Northwest! Part 1 of 3

Travels with Larry February 2017 


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...

A Small World

On June 25, 2012, Scott Springmier, Eric Fletty, and I accepted a previous invitation from long-time TAPPI member and a young, Mike Ditka look-alike, Jim Niemiec...

What a whirlwind in September & October 2016 Volume 2

Fall 2016 -- I have seen the Future


Dreams Do Come True

Dreams do come true...in so many ways. Our industry has been called many things during the past 2,000 years...


What a whirlwind in September & October 2016 Volume 1

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

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. 


When It Rains, It Poors Or Does it?

When it rains, it pours… or does it? During TAPPI’s recent, very successful, PEERS and IBBC conferences in Tacoma, WA, we had over 400 people registered. There were representatives from 14 countries who attended these meetings. Three of

The Sometimes Unsung Leaders of TAPPI

I have to be one of the most blessed people on the face of the earth. I get to go to work each day in an industry where I always wanted to work, at an association that I have

The Year of the Dragon: Part 2

This past May 31, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with personnel from APRIL's pulp mill in Rizhao, Shandong Province, China.


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.

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