Portland Plant

PORTLAND PLANT

BEFORE: Quality department: just for looks.

11/15/1996 - 4/15/1997

[LATE 1996] HP informed the plant of problems: Paper curling in low humidity.

12/1/1996

[8 MONTHS] Team worked on design experiments to isolate the problem.

01/15/1997 - 09/15/1997

[OCT 1997] Recommendations for revised coating formulation

10/1/1997

[OCT 1997] Tom Bickford, account manager for HP, appointed Managing Director.

10/1/1997

[1997] $1 million dollar loss for the year.

12/1/1997 - 12/31/1997

[JAN 1998] Producing product that HP regarded as acceptable.

01/01/1998

[SPRING 1998] Curl project completed

03/1/1998

[SPRING 1998] HP asked the plant prepare for Viper project.

03/1/1998

If won, the Viper contract would secure healthy orders for the next two or three years.

[MARCH 1998] Portland Plant purchased from the James River corporation by Rexam

03/01/1998

[MAY 1998] $100,000 scrapped: Out of specification product.

05/01/1998 - 05/31/1998

[JUNE 1998] Tom Bickford attends HP meeting.

06/1/1998

After HP meeting: Taking control of the plant.

06/2/1998 - 12/1/1998