International Paper – Paper Machine Productivity Improvements


Olsson Industrial Electric served as the lead electrical and controls contractor for a >$100 million capital improvement project, increasing production capacity by more than 40,000 tons of containerboard per year. The Olsson construction management team worked hand-in-hand with the customer to plan and execute a complex construction sequence, maximizing pre-outage construction opportunities, streamlining the outage construction schedule, and minimizing overtime costs.


  • Extensive demo of existing systems. Installation, checkout, and commissioning of the following items:
  • One (1) 4,600 13K/600V transformer
  • Two (2) 1250hp VFD’s
  • One (1) 450hp VFD, and serveral smaller VFDs
  • Extensive temporary power upgrades (MCCs to be used for temporary power during outages)
  • New boiler port rodders, gas skids and start burners
  • New roll handling system
  • New winder safety system
  • Thirty-five (35) PLCs and control panels built in-house by our UL-508 panel shop and installed on site
  • Numerous process control instruments
  • 1,200 feet of cable tray, 34,000 feet of conduit and 280,000 feet of cabling
  • Engineering/Project Management for cable pull calcs, labor forcasting, work sequencing, etc.
  • One (1) Engineer specifically dedicated to recovery boiler commissioning


  • Worked with no lost time, injuries or accidents
  • All work completed on or ahead of time and under budget
  • Over 60 personnel worked safely 24/7 during a 5-week shutdown
Client: International Paper Company
Location: Springfield, Oregon
Timeline: 2015-2017
Divisions: Construction, Controls & Engineering
Value: > $6,250,000

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