TICONDEROGA - Finch Paper LLC has hired Stephen Dunn of Ticonderoga as pulp and power manager.
In addition to managing the pulping operations and power plant, Dunn, 51, is responsible for the wastewater treatment plant and the woodyard at Finch.
Mr. Dunn joined Finch after 10 years as pulp mill manufacturing leader for International Paper's mill in Ticonderoga. It was Dunn's second stint with IP, having started his professional career with that company as a process engineer in 1981 and rising to pulp mill coordinator in 1988.
"I wasn't looking for a change. I had a great job and a lot of positive things were happening, but I got a call about an opening at Finch and figured it couldn't hurt to take a look," Dunn said. "It was apparent right away that the senior leadership team had assembled a lot of horsepower and had a very clear vision of where they wanted to take this company. All of them had left great jobs themselves to sign on to this vision of what Finch Paper could become, and I wanted to be a part of it, as well. I enjoy coaching and trying to help others get better. It's exciting and it's a challenge."
Dunn is accustomed to excitement and challenges. He has climbed all 46 Adirondack High Peaks at least twice, including winter ascents of each, and is a former competitive tri-athlete. He is an avid outdoorsman and water-skis regularly.
Dunn has a degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was a two-year member of the wrestling team. At IP, he helped oversee work system and manufacturing process redesigns, experiences that required extensive retraining and coaching of employees.
Dunn and his wife, Bonnie, have two sons. They live in Ticonderoga.
Finch Paper LLC operates a single, fully integrated pulp and paper manufacturing facility in Glens Falls. Finch Paper employs approximately 750 people.