paper mill closing

Be Careful What You Wish For

Last week, the owner of the 131-year-old paper mill in Luke, Md. announced its closing as of June 30. Six-hundred-and-seventy-five people will lose their jobs, and consider how far-reaching the implications: Families of those workers; businesses that cater to those workers; businesses that offer services to the mill; the loss of tax revenue to local governments. Luke is a small town. The mill closing could be cataclysmic. Folks, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but YOU caused this. How many of you have a “please save a tree and don’t print this email” in your online signature?…

The Wild, Wacky World of…..PAPER!

I won’t call this blog EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT PAPER BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK, because a humble blog is no place to discuss everything there is to know about paper. That would take a book. Or an encyclopedia. Paper can be described by its characteristics. First, there is weight. This is usually expressed either as gsms (grams per square meter) or pounds. On any ream-wrapped paper, you will normally find both measurements. Second, paper is described by its grade. Some different grades include bond, text, cover, coated, offset and label. Third, white paper has a particular…

Paper choices

The Paper Chase

Have you ever found yourself walking into Home Depot or Sherwin Williams hoping to buy a can of paint to cover the walls of a room in your house… …and stared unblinking and unbelieving at the approximately 10 million color choices you have available? Well, paper can be like that too. If you allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of selections, it’s possible to work yourself into a type of paralysis analysis whereby you may never make a decision. It is better to let the experts help guide your choice. You should always let form follow function….