January 27, 2014

Plattsburgh GP mill gets new leader

PLATTSBURGH — Mike Penfield, who began his working career at Georgia-Pacific’s Plattsburgh tissue mill in 1980, has been named to its top post.

He will oversee the company’s operation as director of manufacturing for the Plattsburgh mill.

He takes over from Kirk Stallsmith, who is moving into another role in the company’s new non-wovens business.

Penfield was part of the Plattsburgh operations for 25 years, starting in the testing lab in 1980 and progressing through a number of supervisory and leadership roles at the mill.

In 2005, he relocated to Georgia-Pacific’s headquarters in Atlanta to be part of the company’s away-from-home business. His most recent position there was as director of operations for the napkin and meal-service business.

“I appreciate the opportunity the company gave me to be part of the business team while in Atlanta,” Penfield said in a news release from the company. “It provided me valuable organizational skills and understanding of taking products from concept to the market.

“However, I’m even more fortunate to be able to come back ‘home’ where I started my career and to work with people I know and respect.”

Penfield holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in business administration from Kennedy Western University.

He and his wife, Terri, live in the Plattsburgh area and have two grown children.

Stallsmith had served as operations leader for both the Plattsburgh mill and Georgia-Pacific’s Green Bay Day Street mill in Wisconsin. He recently was named vice president of operations for the company’s new non-wovens business and site leader for the Gaston, N.C., non-wovens facility.

He began his leadership role in Plattsburgh in 2006. During his time here, he was very involved in the community, including being active in the United Way of the Adirondacks and serving on the boards of the Clinton Community College Foundation, the SUNY Plattsburgh Foundation and the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce.


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