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The Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry Virginia-Carolina organization recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Pictured is Halifax Community College's Dr. Bindu Dhasmana, chairwoman of TAPPI VA-CA, front row center, with representatives from KapStone Paper, Lorentzen & Wettre USA, Inc., Feedback Incorporated, Jacobs Engineering, and Sonoco.

The Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry Virginia-Carolina (TAPPI VA-CA) organization recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in Kingsport, Tenn. Dr. Bindu Dhasmana, department head of Pulp and Paper Technology at Halifax Community College and chairwoman of TAPPI VA-CA said of the event, “It is a great historical moment for TAPPI.”

In fact, for the first time, three TAPPI sections had a joint meeting cooperatively to share resolution ideas that commonly affect the industry. Along with Domtar Inc., Southeastern TAPPI, Ohio TAPPI and Virginia-Carolina TAPPI were proud to host this educational and celebratory event. The conference, which was geared towards mill and converting professionals and those who service them, was focused on papermaking, pulping, energy conservation and the future of the paper industry.

Dhasmana expressed her gratitude to sectional past chairpersons, officers and members and said, “Without every body's involvement, it would be impossible to commemorate this day.” She added, “The contribution of past-present members and officers will always be esteemed.” To cap the event, a tour of Domtar's state-of-the-art Pulp Mill Bleach Plant was given to those in attendance.

Founded in 1915, TAPPI has grown into the world's largest professional association serving the pulp, paper and converting industry. The association provides its members with quick access to the largest international group of technically experienced people in the industry.

For more information on the HCC Pulp and Paper Technology Program or the paper production industry, contact Dhasmana at (252) 536-6397 or dhasmanab@halifaxcc.edu.