June 15, 2021

Close to forty years ago, I was touring some mills doing reference checks on contractors we were considering using on a rebuild my employer was planning. I was in a southern mill that had recently installed a containerboard machine. Going down the tending aisle, the paint on the structure (and everything else) suddenly stopped. Oh, there was primer on all the steel, but no finish paint.

I inquired.

The explanation was that the painting stopped when the project budget ran out of money. End of story.

In today's world with ever escalating prices, you may run out of money. Plan on it early? What is not essential to make your project meet performance specifications? Cut it out now, add it back in if you have money left over.

Going forward, project budgets will likely be crafted with escalation built in, but right now you need to finish the project you have with the cards you have been dealt.

It may be time for drastic action.

What is your opinion? Drop me a line at jim.thompson@ipulpmedia.com. I would like to hear from you.

Young Engineering Manager of the Year, call for nominations

We are looking for an individual who has done an extraordinary project, one that almost defies belief. Its extraordinary features can be schedule, technology, cost or all three. There is an age limit on the manager eligible for this award: they must be under 35 years old when they completed the project.
We have often gotten nominees that go something like this, "I nominate Joe because he has done a great job of running our engineering department for the last fifteen years." Quite frankly, we are not interested in such nominees.
However, if you know someone who has led a very exceptional project in the recent past (the last two or three years) and meets our age requirement, we want to know about it. We want to honor them and hold them up as an example for Engineering Managers in every pulp and paper mill around the world.
Just send your nomination, with as much details as you can provide, to jim.thompson@ipulpmedia.com. We will seriously consider it.
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Please write when we tickle your brain cells! Email jthompson@taii.com