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Jim Blight is an all-star manager


By: Northern Ontario Business staff

Award-winning Domtar mill manager Jim Blight (centre) is flanked by Greg Hay, executive director of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC), and Daniel Archambault, executive vice-president of Kruger and PAPTAC chairman.
Award-winning Domtar mill manager Jim Blight (centre) is flanked by Greg Hay, executive director of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC), and Daniel Archambault, executive vice-president of Kruger and PAPTAC chairman.

Jim Blight, general manager of Domtar's Dryden pulp operation, received the Mill Manager of the Year Award at the Paper Week Canada industry conference in Montreal, Feb. 21.

The award recognizes outstanding leadership and performance in the pulp and paper industry.

Blight has been a fixture at the Dryden mill since 1998, moving up to general manager in 2007.

"Taking quantum leaps in production capacity, cost structure, quality and safety performance is always the result of the hard work of many, but it takes a leader to bring out the best in people that allows these positive, sustainable results to happen," said Martin Lorrion, Domtar's vice-president of manufacturing, in a press release. "We're rightfully proud of him and what he's been able to accomplish with a strong team in Dryden."

Blight deferred all the credit to his colleagues in Dryden.

"We've had to make some difficult, but necessary changes, over the recent years to reposition ourselves for the changing global markets. We're now a safer, more competitive operation thanks to many people making a sustained, collective effort over a long period of time."

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