RESOLUTE: What interested you about working in the forest products industry?
MPD: When I was working on my grad project for Resolute, I would often call people at the mill to get information and, interestingly, they didn’t always have a ready answer because things are always changing at a pulp and paper mill. It made me realize that papermaking is a dynamic field, always evolving. Before I started working for the company, I thought my challenges would all be pretty straightforward: You take some wood chips, refine and bleach them and make some paper. It’s a process that has existed for generations, and I didn’t really think there was much to improve upon.
But every day we are improving the process, working on the details that will enhance quality, efficiency or cost, and help make us competitive in a challenging marketplace.