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|From left to right (top row) are Conor Chadwick, Jason Coleman, Christ Matcher and Kristie Schultz. Second row, Eddie Summers, Dano Villegas, Don Wilkinson and Giusep0pe "Joey" Di Benedetto. Third row, left to right, John Mullineaux, Craig Lane, Doug Nelson, Gail Reed and Cole Smith|
|WestRock's Alleghany Highlands Operations Announces Position Changes|
Covington, VA (Nov. 10, 2017) - WestRockâ€™s Alleghany Highlands Operations announces position changes that were internally announced in the fourth quarter
Conor Chadwick has accepted the position of senior financial analyst in the Finance department. In this position, he is responsible for providing high quality financial support to the Power, Recovery, and Maintenance departments. He is also responsible for supporting the transition from SAP to JDE financials.
Chadwick received his B.S. in Finance from Penn State University in May 2015. He interned at General Electric in Erie, Pennsylvania, as the supply chain finance intern from October 2014 - May 2015 and joined the Covington mill as a financial analyst in September 2015.
Jason Coleman has accepted the position of assistant maintenance superintendent for the E&I department. In this position, he is responsible for the E&I maintenance operations in the Power, Bleach Room, Recovery, Pulpmill, Woodyard, and Waste Treatment Plant.
Coleman earned A.A.S. degrees in Electrical and Instrumentation from New River Community College and an MBA from Averett University. He joined the Covington mill in 2008 and became E&I supervisor for the Power, Bleach Room, and Waste Treatment Plant departments in 2010. Coleman has been the electrical engineer for the Power, Bleach Room, and Waste Treatment Plant departments since 2015. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Army National Guard in 2016.
Chris Hatcher has accepted the position of quality systems coordinator in the Quality Assurance department. In this position, he is responsible for various QA functions, including Customer Certificates of Analysis, QA reporting assignments, and QAâ€™s defect detection systems on the paper machines.
Hatcher earned his A.A.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from Skyline College in March 2013 and joined ManPower as a computer operator in 2014. He was hired full-time at the Covington mill as a field services technician in April 2015.
Kristie Schultz has accepted the position of sample program coordinator. In this position, she is responsible for fulfilling sample requests for LMCP, shipping samples domestically and internationally, and coordinating with sales representatives.
Schultz received her A.A.S. from National Business College in Salem, Virginia, in 1999. She worked for Alleghany County as a transportation assistant beginning in February 2014 before joining WestRock as a sample assistant in 2015.
Eddie Summers has accepted the position of Fiberline foreman in the Unbleached Pulp Mill. In this position, he is responsible for the WTP, UPM, Bleach Room, and Woodyard departments.
Summers attended West Kentucky Tech and the Aubrey Daniels Behavioral Based Safety Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. He started his career with Westvaco at the Wickcliffe mill in Kentucky in 1979 where he worked on the winder crew of No. 1 Paper Machine. In 1986, he moved to the Pulp Mill as a brown stock operator, and in 2003, he worked in the Pulp Dryer before being promoted to crew leader in 2011. Summers accepted the position of tour foreman for Nos. 3 and 4 Paper Machines through Strom Engineering at Georgia Pacificâ€™s Zachary, Louisiana, location in 2016.
Dano Villegas has accepted the position of customer quality center (CQC) representative in the TSS / Quality Systems group. He is based at the Covington, Virginia, mill.
Villegas began his career as youth pastor and operations manager at Grace Church of Brooklyn in New York in 1995 before working for Lanier Worldwide as district operations manager in 2000. He returned to Grace Church of Brooklyn as minister of outreach and operations manager in 2002. In 2005, Villegas accepted the position of associate pastor at Mosaic Manhattan Church in New York. Dano moved to Covington in 2007 and worked for EZPass Virginia where he started as a CSR. He was promoted to production lead, call floor supervisor, and call floor manager. In 2014, Villegas began working for Manpower with assignments at WestRock in the TSS and Product Development departments, and in 2015, he joined WestRock as a QA fill-in technician.â€¨
Don Wilkinson and Craig Lane have both accepted the position of production manager, a position they will share to further their individual development and prepare them for more responsibility in the future. In this position, Lane will be responsible for the safety, quality, and production of the Paper Mill, Stock & Additives, and Loading and Wilkinson is responsible for the safety, quality, and production of Power, Recovery, and the Fiberline.
Lane earned his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He began his career with Westvaco in 1994 and worked in numerous departments thoughout the mill as he advanced through the ranks, primarily in the Fiberline, Power, and Recovery. He was responsible for the completion and start-up of WTP expansion project and was the sponsor for the No. 1 Power Boiler project.
Wilkinson earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1985 and his MBA from Frostburg State University in 1987. He joined Westvacoâ€™s Luke mill in 1985 and advanced through the paper mill side of the operation. He became LSS master black belt in August 2006. Wilkinson joined the Covington mill in November 2015.
Giuseppe â€śJoeyâ€ť Di Benedetto has accepted the position of order management shift lead. In this position, he is responsible for coordinating and monitoring all outbound freight activity for the mill and local warehouses in addition to managing mill warehouse inventories. He supports machine production, scheduling processes, and correcting errors during the production / shipping process.
Di Benedetto is an Alleghany High School graduate and began working at the mill through Manpower in 2015 in the Traffic department.
John Mullineaux has accepted the position of materials planner at LMCP. In this position, he is responsible for coordinating material shipments to the Low Moor plant from the valley warehouses and Covington mill. He works closely with production scheduling, outside warehouse management, and plant supervision for timely deliveries of the basestock material.
Mullineaux earned two A.A.S. degrees in Computer Network Technology and Telecommunications from ECPI University. He began his career at Pendum LLC as first line plus / second line field services technician in March 2008. In August 2013, he began working for Manpower as a computer operator and materials planner at the Low Moor converting plant.
Doug Nelson has accepted the position of fiberline foreman in the Fiberline department. In this position, he is responsible for the WTP, UPM, Bleach Room, and Woodyard departments.
Nelson began his career as Air Force crew chief in 1985 and worked in logging and construction from 1989 - 1993. He was hired at Clearwater Paper in 1993 where he worked on the paper machines, in the shipping department (1996), and, most recently, the pulp mill (2006).
Gale Reed has accepted the position of area maintenance superintendent in Recovery. In this position, he is responsible for mechanical maintenance, reliability, and budgetary adherence of Recovery maintenance.
Reed earned his A.A.S. in Industrial Maintenance in May 2016 and received his millwright and pipefitter apprenticeships at DSLCC. In March 1995, he began his career at the mill on the extra board, and in 1996, he started the millwright apprenticeship. Reed joined Area III as a millwright in 2000 and the Carbon plant as a millwright in 2004. He returned to the mill in October 2014 and accepted the position of maintenance planner / supervisor for Nos. 1 and 2 Paper Machine in November 2015.
Cole Smith has accepted the position of order management shift lead. In this position, he is responsible for coordinating and monitoring all outbound freight activity for the mill and local warehouses in addition to managing mill warehouse inventories. He supports machine production, scheduling processes, and correcting errors during the production / shipping process.
Smith, a graduate of Lord Botetourt High School, worked as a restaurant manager in Gaitlinburg, Tennessee, before returning to Roanoke as machine lead at CEI.
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