Prior to his long and varied career in the paper industry, Jim already had established roots in a similar field. His family included a number of accomplished carpenters that were dedicated to their craft. While Jim’s own path may look different from that of a carpenter, he has crafted a rich and satisfying career turning those same materials into many of the products we use today.
Jim majored in Environmental Biology at Gannon University in Erie, PA, graduating with his bachelor’s degree in 1975. Shortly thereafter he accepted a position at Hammermill Paper Mill (later acquired by International Paper) working as a woodchip expert. His work at that time quickly led to a role as a process engineer, and then area manager for bleaching operations. He became involved in a corporate-wide project for International Paper, and was the Construction Manager for a $13 million rebuild of their bleach plant.
Jim transitioned into a new role as the Safety Manager with the Erie PA mill of International Paper. He received extensive training in safety processes, and ensured that his facilities would establish best practices for Safety. Facilities under his leadership have gone years without OSHA recordable injuries.
With a strong desire to get back into manufacturing and operations, Jim moved back into converting in 1994. In 2003 he accepted a position as Facility Manager, overseeing IP’s converting operations at the Hazleton, PA, location. His work there was recognized by IP Leadership and they requested that he transition to a similar role with the Greensboro, NC, location. When Atlantic acquired IP’s converting facilities in Hazleton, PA, Greensboro, NC, and Sturgis, Mi in October 2014, we gained an invaluable asset in Jim Hanson.
In his present role, Jim is in charge of operations at the Atlantic Greensboro Spring Garden commercial converting facility. He oversees hiring, training, safety, manufacturing, and controlling costs, while ensuring that quality specifications are met and that the plant meets its productivity and growth commitments.
Jim’s depth of knowledge and experience stems from his nearly 40-year career in paper processing and manufacturing. Atlantic is privileged and delighted to have him on our team.