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Elise Hacking Carr is editor-in-chief/content director for Print+Promo magazine.

In a move designed to realign its manufacturing platform to meet the needs of a changing market, Mohawk Fine Papers has announced it seeks to close the Beckett Mill in Hamilton, Ohio at the end of the year.

Labels are easy to take for granted. For some consumers, they're nothing more than a vehicle for nutritional information or window dressing for their preferred bottle of wine or jar of gravy. But for end-users, labels are a ticket to effective branding. A successful label ultimately determines who remains one step ahead and who simply keeps up with the printing Joneses.

SMART Papers, Hamilton, Ohio, has begun construction on a new $30 million high-efficiency energy co-generation facility at its manufacturing center, marking an important first for the North American papermaking industry. By early 2009, SMART Papers will produce all of its own power and begin a transition to 100 percent cellulosic biomass fuel. By late 2009, said company officials, all products will be fully carbon neutral and produced 100 percent fossil-fuel free. SMART Papers said its products will be carbon-neutral because its manufacturing center will be powered by 100 percent biomass—primarily yard waste, as well as industrial wood and fiber waste. Biomass emits no net

Unisource Worldwide, Norcross, Ga., has named Garth Geist as vice president of marketing of the company’s uncoated papers division. He will report to Newell Holt, president of the paper division. Geist will be responsible for the marketing and sourcing of all uncoated and specialty papers. “I am excited Garth will be leading our uncoated papers marketing efforts. His dedication, as well as his knowledge of our products and customer segments, will serve him well in his new role,” said Holt. “During Garth’s 17 years in the industry, he has been actively involved with many trade associations and has led the introduction of many

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