Metso to Rebuild Alabama River Group’s Pulp Drying Machine

Helsinki, Finland, 15 January 2010 -- Metso will supply Alabama Pine Pulp with a rebuild of their market pulp machine in Claiborne, Alabama, USA, as the mill converts to roll fluff pulp production. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The order is included in Paper and Fiber Technology´s fourth quarter year 2009 orders received.

Metso’s delivery will include a wet end rebuild and new finishing equipment needed for roll fluff pulp production. The scope of supply includes a new headbox, steambox, calender, and winder. The rebuild will be completed in stages beginning in the spring of 2010, with the final completion in early 2011.

Alabama Pine Pulp is part of the Alabama River Group (ARG), a subsidiary of Parsons & Whittemore Inc., and a leading producer of quality softwood and hardwood market pulps. The Claiborne mill complex employs 550 people and is one of the largest pulping operations in North America. The mill will begin roll fluff production in the second quarter of 2011.

Metso ( is a global supplier of sustainable technology and services for mining, construction, power generation, automation, recycling, and the pulp and paper industries. The company has about 26,500 employees in more than 50 countries.