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Equal Opportunity Specialist (Team Leader)

Job Metla - Thu, 2014-08-07 11:30
Job Announcement Number:
AG-OASCR-2014-0234
Location Name:
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Department:
Department Of Agriculture
Agency:
Civil Rights
Occupation Code:
0360
Pay Plan:
GS
Appointment Duration:
Permanent
Opening Date:
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Closing Date:
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Job Status:
Full-Time
Salary:
$106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
Pay Grade(s):
14 to 14
Who May Apply:
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
Job Summary:
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR's) mission is to provide leadership and direction for the fair and equitable treatment of all USDA customers and employees while ensuring the delivery of quality programs and enforcement of civil rights. OASCR ensures compliance with appl
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Natural Resource Specialist

Job Metla - Thu, 2014-08-07 11:30
Job Announcement Number:
DOE-BPA-14-014-CR
Location Name:
Oregon City, Oregon;Kent, Washington;Pasco, Washington
Department:
Department Of Energy
Occupation Code:
0401
Pay Plan:
GS
Appointment Duration:
Permanent
Opening Date:
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Closing Date:
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Job Status:
Full-Time
Salary:
$57,982.00 to $80,427.00 / Per Year
Pay Grade(s):
11 to 11
Who May Apply:
Open to ALL U.S. Citizens Kent, WA: $61,867 - $80,427 Keizer, OR: $61,126 - $79,463 Pasco, WA: $57,982 - 75,376 The applicant needs to select the location(s) for which he/she wishes to be considered. This vacancy is also being advertised under Merit Promotion procedures vacancy #: DOE-BPA-14-014-MP.
Job Summary:
A successful candidate in this position will serve as a Natural Resource Specialist and is responsible for participating in the development and implementation of short-term and long-term regional (multi-district) management plan for vegetation control.
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Michelman's New HydraBan 430 Coating for Corrugated Withstands the Elements; Helps Maintain...

Paper World - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:00
...Product Integrity Michelman introduced HydraBan® 430, a highly water resistant coating for paper and corrugated in Booth #15 at the ACCCSA 2014 convention being held July 27-30, 2014 in Cartagena, Colombia. Because it imparts a high degree of water repellency, the new coating helps maintain the structural integrity of corrugated shipping boxes while they are in service or in transit, while also protecting the contents of the container. HydraBan 430 is particularly effective for applications where exposure to environmental conditions such as cold, heat, humidity and moisture is unavoidable. Typical applications includes corrugated containers used for perishables, consumer goods and building products. Hydraban 430 is a versatile and economic water-based coating that is FDA compliant, repulpable, printable and gluable. It is easy-to-run with or without dilution and can be applied off-line before the corrugation process or in-line on the corrugator, from the wet or dry end, with a rod or blade coater. It can also be applied via flexo. (Michelman Inc.)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

Interim report Q2/2014: UPM posts strong second quarter, solid progress in growth projects

Paper World - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:00
Photo: Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO Q2 2014 compared with Q2 2013 • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.26 (0.20), and reported EUR 0.25 (0.22) • Operating profit excluding special items increased to EUR 186 million, 7.6% of sales (138 million, 5.5% of sales), due to the successful profit improvement programme • EBITDA was EUR 298 million, 12.2% of sales (258 million, 10.2% of sales) • The Lappeenranta renewable diesel refinery started its testing and commissioning process; the UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill received an increased production permit • 94% of the targeted annualised EUR 200 million cost savings achieved in Q2 2014 Q1–Q2 2014 compared with Q1–Q2 2013 • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.53 (0.38), and reported EUR 0.61 (0.31) • Operating profit excluding special items increased to EUR 382 million, 7.8% of sales (282 million, 5.6% of sales), due to the successful profit improvement programme • EBITDA was EUR 611 million, 12.4% of sales (542 million, 10.9% of sales) • Growth projects progressed in UPM Biorefining, UPM Paper Asia and UPM Raflatac • Strong operating cash flow at EUR 479 million (187 million), net debt decreased to EUR 2,925 million Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO comments on the result: “UPM has performed significantly better in the first half of 2014 than in the same period last year. Compared to 2013, our second quarter operating profit improved by 35%. The profit improvement programme, announced a year ago, is ahead of schedule and was evident in our results. With improved profitability, our cash flow was strong and the balance sheet was strengthened further which continues to support our capacity to pay a good dividend. Finally, I am pleased that all our growth projects made solid progress during the quarter. Operating profit excluding special items increased to EUR 186 million (138 million). Operating cash flow continued to be strong at EUR 215 million (84 million), and net debt decreased to EUR 2,925 million (3,524 million). UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America), UPM Paper Asia and UPM Plywood all succeeded in their efforts to improve profitability. Most of the improvement stems from reduced variable and fixed costs. Furthermore, UPM Paper Asia and UPM Plywood benefited from higher delivery volumes, and UPM Plywood also profited from increased prices. In UPM Energy, thanks to successful hedging and optimal utilisation of hydropower assets, profitability remained stable despite lower market prices. UPM Biorefining and UPM Raflatac did not reach their full potential this quarter. In Pulp business, which makes up most of the UPM Biorefining results, profitability was negatively impacted by maintenance shut-downs and prolonged start-up at Kaukas pulp mill in addition to decreased hardwood pulp prices. UPM Raflatac’s results suffered from temporary operational issues. As for our strategic growth projects, we are well on track. Biofuels opens up a new horizon for our growth prospects. The Lappeenranta biorefinery, the first of its kind in the world, will start producing clean, technologically advanced renewable diesel. The construction has now been completed and we have started the testing and commissioning process. The sales agreement with NEOT (North European Oil Trade) was signed in June, and the refinery is expected to start commercial production during autumn. In Pulp, we made good progress in achieving the targeted 10% production capacity increase. The modernised fibre line in Pietarsaari came on stream. At the Kymi mill, construction work on the extension is on schedule. The production permitting process in Uruguay was completed and UPM Fray Bentos received a production permit for a further 100,000 tonnes in June, allowing an annual production of 1.3 million tonnes. Our growth investments in emerging markets were also proceeding as planned. In UPM Changshu, China, the investment in woodfree speciality grades and labelling materials, as well as UPM Raflatac’s expansion to the self-adhesive labels factory on the same site, got off to a good start. In Nowa Wies, Poland, the preparations for UPM Raflatac’s expansion in filmic labelstock continued. With these projects we are on our way to top-line growth and an additional EUR 200 million EBITDA in the coming two years,” said Pesonen. Outlook for 2014 Growth in the European economy is expected to be modest in 2014, but to improve over last year. In the US, growth is expected to remain stable at a moderate level, whereas solid growth is expected to continue in the developing economies. This environment is expected to be supportive for the global pulp and label materials demand, as well as paper demand in Asia. The slight improvement in the European economy is likely to moderate the negative demand development seen in the European graphic paper market over the past two years and stimulate European demand for wood products. The current hydrological situation in Finland is slightly above the long term average level, and the forward electricity prices in Finland for H2 2014 are lower than the realised market prices in H2 2013. UPM’s business outlook is broadly stable. (UPM)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

Weyerhaeuser Reports Second Quarter Results

Paper World - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:00
-Earnings from continuing operations before special items rise nearly 65 percent compared with first quarter -Divestiture of homebuilding business completed on July 7, 2014 Photo: Doyle R. Simons, president and chief executive officer Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) reported second quarter net earnings to common shareholders of $280 million, or 47 cents per diluted share, on net sales from continuing operations of $2.0 billion. This compares with net earnings of $196 million, or 35 cents per diluted share, on net sales from continuing operations of $1.9 billion for the same period last year. Earnings for second quarter 2014 include after-tax earnings of $22 million from discontinued operations. Discontinued operations relate to Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company (WRECO), which was combined with TRI Pointe Homes, Inc. (TRI Pointe) through a Reverse Morris Trust transaction on July 7, 2014. Second quarter results also include net after-tax gains of $24 million from special items, primarily related to a postretirement plan amendment. Excluding discontinued operations and special items, the company reported net earnings of $234 million, or 40 cents per diluted share. This compares with net earnings from continuing operations before special items of $183 million, or 33 cents per diluted share, for second quarter 2013 and $143 million, or 24 cents per diluted share, for first quarter 2014. “The strong results for each of our businesses in the second quarter reflect our relentless focus on operational excellence,” said Doyle Simons, president and chief executive officer. “Through the recent divestiture of our homebuilding business and last year's Longview Timber acquisition, we have created a focused forest products company committed to driving operational improvements and fully capitalizing on the continued measured recovery in U.S. housing markets and the overall economy. (Weyerhaeuser Company)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

Visit Sanita at Tissue Middle East Exhibition 2014

Paper World - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:00
TISSUE Middle East Exhibition the leading International Exhibition for Tissue Paper, Hygiene Products and Converting Industries will be held on October 22nd-24th, 2014 at Cairo International Convention Center, Cairo, Egypt. Hall (2) TISSUE-ME 2014 Exhibition gathers exclusively Tissue Paper, Hygiene Products and Converting manufacturing experts, key players and decision-makers committed to showcase the latest Machinery, Raw Material, Finished Products, Technologies, Innovations, Solutions and Services from around the Globe. SANITA Invites You to Visit TISSUE-ME 2014 Sanita Consumer products Co, being a member of INDEVCO Group enjoying the support of a large organization with sound values & wild experiences of manufacturing & distribution. After doing a great job in the Egyptian market for 10 years & in the beginning of the year 2012, Sanita Nile for Trading merged with Sanita Consumer Products to manufacture those products in Egypt to meet the increased demand & needs of the Egyptian market as well as exporting for foreign markets in Africa and the neighboring Countries of Egypt. Sanita is specialized in manufacturing & distributing of different papers & Hygiene Products serving both local & export markets. (Nile Trade Fairs)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

Thematic Day of ENERWOODS Project

Upcoming events Metla - Wed, 2014-08-06 14:59
Welcome to join the thematic day on active forest management for increasing biomass production in Norway.  Biomass from forestry will be the most important contribution to achieve Government objectives of doubling the share of renewable bioenergy in Norway by 2020 and to reduce fossil energy. This seminar will highlight some potential silvicultural measures to increase biomass production in the region. The seminar will be a mix of popular and scientific information, and will include both a lecture and an excursion. 
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Team SCA races for charity

Newsfeatures SCA - Wed, 2014-08-06 09:54

On August 7, Team SCA will participate in Artemis Challenge. The winner of the 50-mile sprint gets to donate £10,000 to a charity of their choice. Participating in a race like this goes hand in hand with SCA's ambition to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Categories: Europe

BC Hydro provides incentives for mechanical pulp producers

External link - Tue, 2014-08-05 16:52
The B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines and BC Hydro have introduced a new energy efficiency program aimed at reducing the power costs of mechanical pulp producers. The Power Smart program provides an injection of $100 million over three years...
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BC Hydro provides incentives for mechanical pulp producers

Pulp and Paper Canada - Tue, 2014-08-05 16:52
The B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines and BC Hydro have introduced a new energy efficiency program aimed at reducing the power costs of mechanical pulp producers. The Power Smart program provides an injection of $100 million over three years...

Biomass power plant at Prince Alberta Pulp indefinitely closed

External link - Tue, 2014-08-05 16:23
The biomass-to-energy operation at the Prince Albert Pulp mill in Saskatchewan has been indefinitely shut down, according to the local newspaper, the Prince Albert Herald. The pulp mill and wood energy plant are owned by Paper Excellence.
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Biomass power plant at Prince Alberta Pulp indefinitely closed

Pulp and Paper Canada - Tue, 2014-08-05 16:23
The biomass-to-energy operation at the Prince Albert Pulp mill in Saskatchewan has been indefinitely shut down, according to the local newspaper, the Prince Albert Herald. The pulp mill and wood energy plant are owned by Paper Excellence.

Resolute Forest Products fined for worker injury

External link - Tue, 2014-08-05 16:20
Resolute Forest Products Canada has been fined $55,000 after a worker was injured at the company’s Fort Frances paper mill.
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Resolute Forest Products fined for worker injury

Pulp and Paper Canada - Tue, 2014-08-05 16:20
Resolute Forest Products Canada has been fined $55,000 after a worker was injured at the company’s Fort Frances paper mill.

Solenis is the new name for Ashland Water Technologies

External link - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:02
Ashland Water Technologies has a new name – Solenis. The name change coincides with the acquisition of Ashland Water Technologies by a fund managed by private investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R). Prior to the...
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Solenis is the new name for Ashland Water Technologies

Pulp and Paper Canada - Tue, 2014-08-05 12:02
Ashland Water Technologies has a new name – Solenis. The name change coincides with the acquisition of Ashland Water Technologies by a fund managed by private investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R). Prior to the...

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend of $0.44 Per Share

Plum Creek News - Mon, 2014-08-04 22:03
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 4, 2014-- Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. (NYSE:PCL) today announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.44 per share. The dividend is payable on August 29, 2014, to shareholders of record as of August 15, 2014. Plum Creek’s dividend is expected to be characterized as long-term capital gain income primarily because the income generated by the sale of Plum Creek’s timber is considered long-term capital gain. As such, Plum Creek’s dividend is expected to be taxed at a capital gain rate of 20 percent for most U.S. taxpayers. Plum Creek is among the largest and most geographically diverse pr...
Categories: USA and Canada

72nd Session UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry

Upcoming events Metla - Fri, 2014-08-01 12:55
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 - Fri, 21 Nov 2014, Organizer: UNECE, Russian Federation, Kazan. 72nd Session UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry
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Weyerhaeuser Reports Second Quarter Results

External link - Fri, 2014-08-01 02:05

 

  • Earnings from continuing operations before special items rise nearly 65 percent compared with first quarter
  • Divestiture of homebuilding business completed on July 7, 2014

Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) today reported second quarter net earnings to common shareholders of $280 million, or 47 cents per diluted share, on net sales from...(Read More)

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