3 Win TAPPI Honors

Hawesville Mill Manager Steve Henry received the Mill Manager of the Year award, and two of Domtar’s young engineers, Steven White at Ashdown and Lesley Cook at Plymouth, were honored in TAPPI’s Top 20 under 30.

Henry joined Domtar in 2011 and has worked in the pulp and paper industry since 1991, when he was an engineering co-op student at a mill in Big Island, Virginia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and later a master’s in business administration. His career in the paper industry has taken his family to Virginia, Iowa, Tennessee and Kentucky.

“It is an honor and privilege to be selected by TAPPI/PIMA as Mill Manager of the Year. More than individual recognition, I feel it is recognition of the tremendous team at Domtar’s Hawesville Mill as well as my colleagues throughout Domtar Pulp & Paper,” he said. “I am fortunate to have been mentored and coached by many excellent people in the paper industry as well being supported by my wife and family.”

In addition to leading the Hawesville Mill, he is active with Junior Achievement, serving on three boards and as a classroom volunteer at Hancock County High School for the past four years. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Kenergy. He and his wife, Valrie, have three sons, and he is assistant Scoutmaster at Troop 76 and enjoys coaching youth sports.

Lesley Cook is a process engineer at the Plymouth Mill, where she has worked on a variety of projects to improve performance. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at N.C. State University and joined Domtar shortly after.

She said she hopes to see the industry advance its technology and discover new end products that can be sustainably produced.

Her newest project is at the Ashdown Mill, helping lead a continuous improvement team and supporting entry-level engineers at that location.

Steven White graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology with a degree in chemical engineering. He first worked as an engineer for Cardinal Float Glass, and joined Domtar as an entry-level engineer a couple of years later. He has since worked as a shift supervisor, maintenance coordinator and now an assistant superintendent for the paper machines.

He sees opportunities for advances in the industry, particularly related to water use. Overall, he’s pleased with his career path and would like to see more young professionals consider the pulp and paper industry. “Even in the digital age, paper plays a key role in many aspects of life,” he said.

Additionally, Ashdown Mill Manager Bob Grygotis was inducted into Couch Pit University Fraternity, a unique organization of papermakers who have attained the rank of paper machine superintendent (or higher) and have joined forces to “give back to the papermaking industry the knowledge and experience they have accumulated over the years.”