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Personal Profile of Luigi Bagnato----

Founder of the Paper Industry Websites

See biographical footnote.

My name, as some of you may know is Luigi Bagnato. Although my background is somewhat varied, the last 45 years have been in the pulp & paper industry.  My first association with the paper industry was while working in an engineering "job shop" in Albany, NY. A contract from the engineering shop exposed quite a few of us to the International Paper Mill at Corinth, NY. From there, went on to the Black Clawson Company in Watertown, and Fulton, NY.  That was followed by  29 years at the Beloit Iron Works, the first 10 at the Downingtown finishing center. Some of you old timers may remember it as the Beloit Eastern Corporation. Those were exciting times. Much of what we were learning about the "secrets" of roll structure and sheet finishing was new and emerging technology. Many in our industry have carried through very admirably to the "high tech" finishing we know today.

After retiring from Beloit in 1989, I went on to private consulting, principally involved in winder productivity issues. My last major consulting contracts with Beloit were involvement in the HTC Duplex Winder (high torque centerwind) and the new and revolutionary, TNT Paper Machine Reel.

A few career highpoints were The TAPPI Finishing & Converting Division Award, The Thomas W. Busch Prize in Finishing and a major patent award involving the Beloit TNT Reel.

Through the years my work took me to all 5 continents and many, many, countries around the world.  I had the good fortune to work with many fine people in the paper industry including coworkers at Beloit and it's many worldwide divisions,  Black Clawson , and  paper mill people as well as competitors.  I hesitate to name even one person because there are so many.

As a final word, thanks for visiting.  I hope they do you good service and you have the time to become involved in some way in finishing and paper history on the Internet. Stop by again soon!

Please feel free to contact me for any reason, by e-mail

Biographical Footnote:

Luigi was born June 1, 1924 at Albany, NY. He is the son of Nazzareno Gaetano Bagnato of Melicucca Reggio di Calabria, Italy and Mary Stewart of Albany, NY. Although his birth name is Luigi Giuseppe Bagnato, during much of his working career he was known as Louis J. Bagnato. On the death of his father in 1985 he reverted to his given name of Luigi Bagnato.

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Personal Profile of Oyvind Haugen----- 

Associate & European Correspondent: 

Oyvind was born on August 26, 1949, and grew up in the country-side near the village of Vikersund in south-eastern Norway. He now resides at Sysleveien - a road some seven kilometers out of the Vikersund village with his wife Turid. His son Roy has frequent opportunity to visit there.

First job was that of a truck-driver - hauling a tank-trailer with Portland-cement on the highways and byways of southern Norway. At age 28, fed up with trucking he got his first job in the paper-industry at Katfos Fabriker at Geithus as a helper to the winder-operator, advancing to operator after a year or so.

When the Katfos Fabriker shut down he did another short stint as a trucker but again abandoned trucking in May 1983 for a position at the Union Geithus mill, (Drammenselvens Papirfabrikker) starting work on the winder for the PM 3. Later, due to health he was transferred from working shifts on the winder to working days in maintenance. Starting in January 1996 he became inspector of winders, sheeters and various other machinery.

His interest in Pusey & Jones Company came when he saw a script on the dryers of the P & J number 3 paper machine. Asking around but could not find anyone that knew anything about Pusey & Jones. He decided to find out for his self - and that has kept the ball rolling ever since.

Hobbies through the years have been motorcycling, firearms and history. Working in a mill it was natural for him to focus on the history of paper-making and paper-machinery.

With this background and his considerable talents he became a writer of books and articles on the history of the Union Geithus mill. He has also had articles published on paper history and subjects such as firearms, ammunition technology and theory for Norwegian magazines.

 Mr. Haugen's latest book published in 1997 is titled "PM 3 - 100 years." Although Oyvind is very fluent in English, his book is only available in Norwegian. To summarize, it follows the Union Geithus mill and principally the No. 3 Pusey and Jones paper machine from 1876 to 1997. A condensation of this book with pictures is online at Union Geithus's No. 3 P & J Paper Machine

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