Watch Now: Out of the box: Domtar works to keep convergence project on schedule

KINGSPORT — Charlie Floyd never thought he’d be renting a boat to take 43 dryer cans weighing 15 tons from the Dalian port in China in order to keep the Domtar overhaul project on schedule.

But that’s just been his latest feat to keep Domtar’s convergence project on track as it turns the former paper manufacturer into a mill that creates containerboard material for cardboard boxes.

“The biggest issue we’re having to deal with is what you see in the news every day — the supply chain,” said Floyd, Domtar’s vice president of packaging capital. “We’re seeing stuff from anywhere from 30 to 180 days of delay for parts. The schedule has always been very tight. We’ve been able to adjust the schedule and still try to hit our end date without significant issues. But you get the feeling that every day you hear something new about another piece of equipment that is going to be 30 to 60 to 90 days late.”

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