One of our paper converting machines is called a 10-pocket sheeter because it converts 10 reams at a time. When a roll is loaded onto the machine, it’s unwound and cut to 8.5-by-11-inch sheets, then collated into 10 reams that are stacked neatly in the pockets that span the machine’s width. From there, the reams are separated and sent down a long conveyor belt for wrapping and boxing. The process repeats for the length of the roll, with each roll yielding 1,440 reams of paper.
Once the paper is converted and packaged, it’s sent into the warehouse to be inventoried and stored. “The warehouse holds about 3,000 tons on any day,” Boggs says. “That’s about 140,000 boxes of paper.”
Boggs started his career at the Kingsport Mill in 1979. Back then, the mill’s paper was converted on site. In 2002, when Ridgefields opened to accommodate Kingsport Mill’s increasing productivity, Boggs was named manager of the new facility.