American Eagle Paper Mills Wins 2018 AF&PA Sustainability Award for Safety

Nov 12, 2018

CONTACT: Katharine Eaton
(202) 463-2436, comm@afandpa.org

Recognized for Shifting to a Culture of Safety project

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized American Eagle Paper Mills with a 2018 AF&PA Leadership in Sustainability Award for Safety for their Shifting to a Culture of Safety project. This is the second consecutive year AF&PA has honored American Eagle for their sustainability advancements. The award was presented at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 9 in Dallas, Texas.

“American Eagle showed that a sharp focus and systematic approach to safety leads to impressive safety improvement and prevents injuries,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

American Eagle designated safety their main area of focus for 2017. At their Tyrone, Pennsylvania mill, the company identified issues and inadequacies with their equipment guards; upped communication at all levels; and empowered employees to stop individuals who are creating potential safety incidents. In January 2018, they completed 365 days without a lost-time injury—a record achievement in the history of the mill.

“We thank AF&PA for recognizing our safety progress,” said American Eagle President and CEO Michael Grimm. “Our safety progress belongs to and benefits all of us at American Eagle and we are proud of what we have achieved together.”

Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, AF&PA’s annual awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.

Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the “Leadership” category, which has five subcategories that correspond to the goals: Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Paper Recovery for Recycling, Safety, Sustainable Forest Management and Water. The “Innovation in Sustainability” award is reserved for projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices, not one of the goals specifically.

AF&PA’s 2018 Sustainability Report showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals. For more information, visit sustainability.afandpa.org.

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About AF&PA
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

About American Eagle Paper Mills
American Eagle Paper Mills is the leading US producer of recycled uncoated freesheet papers, including office, printing and converting grades. Located in Tyrone PA, the mill was restarted in 2003 by a group of local investors, having been shuttered by MeadWestvaco in 2001. The mill employs approximately 240 proud Pennsylvania papermakers, who transform 300 tons of waste paper each day into premium recycled paper. To learn more about American Eagle Paper Mills and our sustainability story please visit aepaper.com.