Open doors, open minds high school tour

The Marlboro Mill invited local high schools to participate in a High School Tour Day on October 18 and 35 juniors and seniors from several area schools answered the call. The participating students were interested in either trade skills or engineering.

The students listened as Bill Edwards, Marlboro Mill Plant Manager, introduced them to pulp and paper and addressed some of the misconceptions about the paper industry. He also opened their eyes to the many career possibilities in the industry, within Domtar, and in the Marlboro Mill.

Mr. Edwards shared Domtar’s vision, mission and values, and discussed how the mill lives out its values through both community investments and involvement. He also talked about the many innovative and interesting things going on at Domtar.

A process overview presentation was given by mill employee Woody Graham, followed by a bus tour of the mill and a walk around our state-of-the-art paper machine.

Following the tour, Sherrie Chapman of Northeastern Technical College (NETC) spoke about the opportunities available with the NETC Industrial Training Facility in Marlboro County and their many programs. Jennifer Piercy, North Carolina State University’s Paper Science Engineering Director of Recruiting, spoke about engineering programs, opportunities and scholarships. For her part, mill employee Amber Bowen informed the students about the Marlboro Mill Pulp and Paper Foundation Scholarship.

This day was all about educating the students about the pulp and paper industry and introducing them to the career opportunities in this field, while ultimately inspiring them to pursue an education leading to a career in the paper business. We hope that by opening the mill’s doors to inform and educate local students, we will be able to open the minds of the next generation.