Metso Paper to strengthen its Service operations in North America

Published Apr 03, 2001 00.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper USA, Inc. will open a new Service Center in the Stateline-Beloit, WI area. The Center is scheduled to be open in November 2001 and it will house 170 employees currently working out of the old facilities in Beloit. Total value of the investment is EUR 8.5 million.

The new Service Center will include logistics center for the central distribution of spare parts and consumables and the assembly and repair of certain components. In addition, it will have offices for engineering and service personnel supporting field services and upgrades of fiber and papermaking lines.

The Service Center will strengthen Metso Paper's capabilities in servicing former Beloit and Valmet equipment. Metso Paper acquired Beloit's paper machine service assets in May 2000. This access to a very large reference base is one key in Metso Paper's strategy for securing additional growth potential in aftermarket service and maintaining industry leadership.

The Metso Paper service network covers all the most important market areas in the world. It includes 41 service centers located in several European countries, North America, Australia and Asia, and employs approximately 3,000 persons.

For additional information, please contact: Dan Jankowski, Vice President, Metso Paper Service, North America tel. +1 608 364 7990