WHEN YOU READ THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW, THE SEATTLE TIMES
OR EVEN THE U-S-A TODAY.
THE PAPER FOR THAT NEWSPAPER IS MOST LIKELY MADE IN
INLAND EMPIRE PAPER COMPANY IS STILL THRIVING IN THE
DECLINING NEWSPRINT MARKET.
MADE IN THE NORTHWEST.
IT'S BEEN THE MAINSTAY IN MILLWOOD SINCE 19-11.
and even though we're 100 years old, we're one of
the most modern facilities of our kind.
INLAND EMPIRE PAPER COMPANY HAS OVER 130 EMPLOYEES.
SERVING 160 CUSTOMERS THROUGHOUT THE U-S.
IT DEALS PRIMARILY IN NEWSPRINT.
BUT CAN MANUFACTURE AN UNPRECEDENTED 40 DIFFERENT
GRADES OF PAPER.
most of our competitors will produce one, two, maybe
at the most three different types of paper.
MUCH OF ITS PAPER IS MADE FROM RECYCLED WASTE PAPER.
WHICH COMES FROM UP TO 15-HUNDRED MILES AWAY.
we can process up to 350 tons per day of old newsprint,
magazines, directory and shredded office paper.
ITS OTHER BIG SOURCE IS RESIDUAL WOOD CHIPS FROM LOCAL
ABOUT 180 TRUCKS PER WEEK ARE UNLOADED ON I-E-P'S
it elevates the chip trucks to about 60 to 70 percent
angle and discharges the wood chips in a hopper down
FROM THE CHIP YARD.
WOOD CHIPS ARE MOVED INTO THE REFINER BUILDING.
IT'S THERMOMECHANICAL PULPING SYSTEM.
is utilized to break the waste wood chips down that
we're getting from the local sawmills into pulp fiber.
I-E-P'S REFINER HAS TWO 35-THOUSAND HORSEPOWER MOTORS
WHICH ALLOW IT TO RECOVER ENERGY THAT'S PRODUCED BY
it's reduced our natural gas consumption here at this
facility by 75 percent and reduced our carbon footprint
by about 32-thousand tons per year.
we do this both through vacuum, by pulling water out
of the sheet, than also by pressing, by squeezing,
water out of the sheet.
IT THEN PASSES THROUGH ABOUT 30 DRYERS TO EVAPORATE
THE REST OF THE WATER FROM THE SHEET.
ON THE DRY END.
THE PAPER PASSES THROUGH ONE OF TWO CALENDAR STACKS.
WHERE I-E-P CAN ADD A FINAL FINISH.
SCAN FOR DEFECTS.
AND MAKE SURE THE WEIGHT, BRIGHTNESS AND MOISTURE
CONTENT MEET THE CUSTOMER'S NEEDS.
these jumbo rolls are 220 inches wide and weight 25
and on average, inland empire makes one of them about
WITH ONE DAY'S WORTH OF PAPER...
you could drive from here to san diego in a 24 hour
period and cover the highway with paper.
JUMBO ROLLS ARE THEN CUT DOWN TO PUBLISHER SIZED ROLLS.
IN THE AUTOMATED ROLL WRAP SYSTEM.
THE PAPER GETS A PROTECTIVE COVERING.
we then go through and put a shipping label on and
then we put heads on the ends to seal the product
for final shipment.
AND WHILE I-E-P IS STILL MAINLY A NEWSPRINT FACILITY.
IT'S ALSO MADE A SHIFT TOWARDS MORE SPECIALTY PRODUCTS...
advertising, magazines, placemats, packaging materials.
...BECAUSE OF NEWSPRINT'S DECLINING MARKET.
AND IT HOPES THE MOVES WILL KEEP IT IN BUSINESS FOR
ANOTHER 100 YEARS OR MORE.
FOR MADE IN THE NORTHWEST.
I'M DEREK DEIS.