Tom Pazdera has been named the new vice president and general manager of ND Paper’s Rumford Division in Rumford, Maine. A pulp, packaging and paper industry veteran, Pazdera brings three decades of experience with internationally recognized companies, including International Paper, MeadWestvaco, Boise Paper and, most recently, as president and unit head of AV Terrace Bay, in Ontario, Canada, where he oversaw day-to-day operations of a 1,100-tons-per-day northern bleached softwood kraft pulp plant.
“Tom brings incredible knowledge and industry experience that will prove instrumental in helping us create a new era of growth and success at our Rumford Division,” ND Paper CEO Ken Liu says. “Because beyond operations and management of our largest facility, Tom will also be critical in helping us execute the continued capital transformation program for the division and the company.”
In addition to his background as a project engineer, Pazdera has guided business operations and management teams at several largescale paper manufacturing sites across the country during crucial turning points. “Tom is a proven leader of transformational organizations because he brings the personable leadership as well as the technical knowledge to advance our operations during a critical time,” Michael LaVerdiere, ND Paper executive vice president and chief operating officer says.
ND Paper purchased the Rumford Mill in 2018, along with three other mills across the U.S.—one in Old Town, Maine; one in Fairmont, West Virginia; and one in Biron, Wisconsin—and has been investing in significant capital and market transformations at the mill over the last three years. Looking ahead, the Rumford division will be expanding its presence in packaging papers, including unbleached kraft papers and lightweight containerboard.
“I am thrilled to join this growing company,” Pazdera says. “The time is ripe for opportunity—to transform processes, invest in people and usher this iconic mill into a new era of prosperity. With a shift to new markets, the future has never been brighter.”