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Int’l. Paper celebrates 40 years in Auburn

International Paper’s Auburn Container Plant recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with a commemorative celebration for employees, retirees, government officials, community leaders and business partners.

During the past 40 years, the plant has grown significantly. When opening its doors in 1974, it employed 50 people, compared to the more than 130 who work there now, and the plant has modernized equipment as the market has evolved. One thing that hasn’t changed is the plant’s dedication to its employees, customers and community, as well as its commitment to safety.

Tractor trailer driver Don Timpany is one of three team members who have been at the plant for its entire 40 years. When reflecting back upon his career, he has fond memories. “The years go by fast,” Timpany said. “It’s fun to think about all the changes the plant has faced since it first opened.

“I like it – it’s a great place to work,” he continued. “I have seen old friends retire and new friends arrive. I cherish all the memories. I love what I do and know I am contributing to the success of International Paper. I can’t imagine working anywhere else.”

Timpany isn’t the only one who has put in decades at the plant: more than 60 employees have tenure of at least 20 years.

“Each individual who works for us, and with us, has played an important role in our success,” said plant manager Kate Egeland. “As we reflect upon four decades of outstanding achievements, we are more energized than ever about the years to come. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our talented employees, loyal customers and the support of the Auburn community. We thank all of you for helping us in our first 40 years and toward our future successes.”

With manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa, International Paper is a global leader in packaging and paper. Its businesses include industrial and consumer packaging and uncoated papers. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company employs approximately 65,000 people and is strategically located in more than 24 countries serving customers worldwide. Net sales for 2013 (which included the now divested xpedx business) were $29 billion. For more information, see internationalpaper.com.

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