Joshua Morrison/News Leadership, retirees and loyal employees of International Paper celebrate the manufacturer’s 60th anniversary in the city of Mount Vernon on Friday. Service awards were presented during each of the three shifts on Friday.

Joshua Morrison/Mount Vernon News

Leadership, retirees and loyal employees of International Paper celebrate the manufacturer’s 60th anniversary in the city of Mount Vernon on Friday. Service awards were presented during each of the three shifts on Friday. Request this photo

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MOUNT VERNON — In 1958, the Kieckhefer-Eddy division of the Weyerhaeuser Timber Co., built the first of its Ohio box plants in Mount Vernon. Then, the 141,000-square-foot facility featured modern technology to service the needs of “one of America’s busiest manufacturing regions.”

The city of Mount Vernon was proud to welcome a new addition to the industrial family, and even a “Welcome Weyerhaeuser Edition” was published in the Mount Vernon News.

Kieckhefer–Eddy Resident Manager, V.C. Porter, commented on the new facility, “It is gratifying to find Mount Vernon a progressive city, alert to the opportunities that lie ahead.”

In 2008, International Paper acquired Weyerhaeuser, making Mount Vernon a new member if the IP family. Weyerhaeuser’s quality focus matched with International Paper’s focus on engagement and reliability, and made for the perfect combination. Additionally, International Paper’s LIFE safety program has moved safety communications to focus on family and looking out for one another.

Over the years, the Mount Vernon box plant expanded its footprint and upgraded machinery. Major developments in 1991 included an expansion of the offices, manufacturing equipment, storage areas and improved rail access. At the turn of the new millennium, the plant went through another expansion, installing new converting equipment to support the ever-changing needs of its customers.

Now in its 60th year, the IP-Mount Vernon box plant continues to be a fixture in the community. There have been four retirements this year with two employees honored for serving 45 years and one employee honored for serving 50 years. During Friday’s anniversary celebration, the following were recognized with service awards at the Mount Vernon operation. They are: Steven Lybarger, 50 years; Dave McNamara, 45 years; Mark Hankins, 45 years; Kevin Gaddis, 45 years; Jerry Wolford, 45 years; Luanne Frye, 40 years; Larry Speece, 40 years; Ted Sinnett, 20 years; Randy Chrisman, 20 years; Tremaine Alexander, 5 years; Grant Shellenbarger, 5 years; and Travis Butram, 5 years. More than half of the staffing has earned more than 10 years of service

“We wouldn’t be where we are today without our talented employees, loyal customers and the support of the Mount Vernon community,” said Rick Oberg, complex general manager, responsible for the Mount Vernon plant. “I am proud to be part of a team who continues to be engaged in promoting both a safe culture and manufacturing excellence. We thank all of our stakeholders for helping us achieve 60 years in the business, and we look forward to many successful years ahead.”

Customers of the facility have long depended on the packaging services provided by Mount Vernon operations. The plant’s heartbeat continues to come from the team culture. New team members are quickly welcomed into the plant by veteran team member’s willing to share their knowledge and expertise.

 

 

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