The No. 2 Paper Machine

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Shortly after Simpson Lee purchased the Shasta Mill from Kimberly-Clark in the early 1970s, they made plans to install a second paper machine at the mill.

The mill up at Everett, Washington was closed down and the No 2 machine from that location was crated up and rebuilt to be installed at the Shasta Mill. A new building was required to be constructed in order to house the newly relocated papermaking equipment. Left and right photos depict the construction phase of the Number 2 Paper Machine complex at Shasta. Note the newly constructed Shasta Pulp Mill recovery boiler in the far background of the right photo.

After the building was constructed for the machine, and everything installed, the No. 2 paper machine began operation on the morning of December 18th 1975.

The Shasta No.2 paper machine manufactured uncoated grades of paper and for several years, made a grade of paper that Xerox used. As a show of its appreciation, the Xerox company was known to treat the entire mill to a complimentary "box" lunch on each shift due to the excellence in quality of paper produced for it on No 2.

According to Larry M., the Shasta No 2 paper machine won the Xerox Award of Excellence five years out of six for the superior quality of paper coming off that machine.

Left photo depicts the Jones Division of Beloit control panel for number 2, as it was being installed. This was prior to the panel being eventually enclosed inside a small building which would serve as a control room for the operators.

Now click on the following link to view a series of photographs taken which depict the many various process control instrumentation devices found on this No 2 papermachine control panel.

The Shasta No 2 Papermachine Control panel
Click here to view the Shasta No 2 Papermachine Control Panel

Also produced on the No. 2 machine were other grades of paper for copy machines or offset. A grade of white "bag" paper was also manufactured for a time on No.2

Shasta No. 2 also produced 'check base' security grades for banking and financial institutions, along and postcard stock. Depending on what grades of paper the machine was running, the equipment would operate between 1650 to 1700 feet a minute. Xerox was manufactured at a somewhat slower range of approximately 1500 feet a minute.

Several photos on this page depict the first day of papermaking on the No.2 paper machine during that day in December back in 1975.

Left photo depicts the No. 2 Double Drum Winder. The photos on the lower left depict the No. 2 Double Drum Winder and various rolls which have just come off of the No. 2 Paper Machine. Lower center photo- roll stop before passageway. Bottom right photo is of the finished roll conveyor passageway from No.2 down to the roll lowervator behind the Double Drum Rewinder on the No.1 machine side.

A big thanks to Larry M. for both sharing his photos of the No. 2 machine start-up and his knowledge of the operations of the paper machine itself!