2024 meeting details to come!

February 23, 2023

I would like to thank Sam Caldwell for recognizing me for the new Program Director at the meeting in Atlanta this past week.

Sam has done a fine job at this for over 30 years so that is exactly why we are keeping him around to consult with me on our programming. He will also be on our board.

We have split Sam’s job into two parts. His title was Program Coordinator and Treasurer.

That job is now two jobs with me as the Program Coordinator and Chris Watson (Sun Machinery) as Treasurer.

We have also split the attendees as Chris will handle the Vendors and I will handle the Mill participants.

We have re-established this board of directors to govern our group.The board of directors are:


  • Scott Thomas - International Paper
  • Nathan Grimes - International Paper
  • Teddy Berman - Kone Cranes
  • Matthew Davidson - Mack Mfg
  • JD Robinson - International Paper
  • Heather Witherow - Westrock
  • George Currin - TAASCO
  • Joanne Turnell - Bruks Siwertell
  • Sam Caldwell - Sun Machinery

I had a brief talk with JD Robinson our new Mill Chairman. He and I will be consulting regularly on our direction of programming.

I have already been working on programing for next year. It is important that we make these even more knowledge based than they are already. I am working with the mills on bringing their problems and solutions to MOTAG. We want more Mill personnel presenting and participating.

We have to show value to the pulp and paper participants to get them to the meeting.

That way we can increase our value to the Pulp and Paper industry which will surely drive up our mill participants..

Chris and I shared quite a few ideas last week and I would like to talk with him before we put them before the board.

George Currin and I talked also and he had some ideas that we need to address.

We are too vendor heavy and not enough mill people !!! If this is not fixed there will not be need for a website, board or any of us…

Let’s get working…My contact info is below if you have any questions or suggestions…


Bo Bergeron
Tricon Wear Solutions