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Kathy: Glatfelter — A New Perspective on Success

Kathy

The best way to learn about the benefits and rewards of a Glatfelter career is to hear about it from Glatfelter PEOPLE themselves. Each employee’s story is different, but all of them reflect the value we place on our PEOPLE and their unique contributions to success.

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What drove your decision to join Glatfelter?

I became an employee of Glatfelter’s when they purchased our mill in 2006. It was a breath of fresh air; Glatfelter brought a new perspective – one of stability, focus and dedication.

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What was your first position with Glatfelter? Describe the additional opportunities you’ve experienced during your tenure.

I started my Chillicothe experience as a co-op student working to improve machine runnability in one of our finishing areas. After graduating from college, I began my career in an environmental engineer in Alabama and after several years I transferred to the Chillicothe facility. I have had the opportunity to work on all aspects within the environmental field and be a part of many successful teams.

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What has been your most rewarding career moment at Glatfelter?

My most rewarding career moment at Glatfelter was hosting a meeting with the Director of Ohio EPA. The Director and his attending staff members were very impressed with our facility as well as our continued environmental performance. His compliments were definitely a highlight in my career.

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What is your primary responsibility within Glatfelter’s operations?

As the Director of Environmental, Health and Safety, my primary responsibility is to ensure that we meet our Safety, Health and Environmental objectives which are rooted in our core values of Environmental Responsibility, Integrity, Social Responsibility and Mutual Respect. We are continually seeking opportunities to improve our systems, standardize procedures and enhance our capabilities to surpass our goals and ensure our sustainability.

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Tell us about an exciting or challenging project you have worked on at Glatfelter.

One of the most challenging projects I worked on was implementing a multifaceted environmental regulation commonly known as Pulp and Paper MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology). The implementation of this program involved multiple departments, many areas of the operation and required several years of pre-planning. We developed a comprehensive strategy and a completed a successful implementation.

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What are the key skills and competencies required in your current role?

In my current role, key skills and competencies include, team/relationship building, strategic planning, technical proficiency and communication skills.

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What advice would you give to someone considering employment with Glatfelter?

Glatfelter is a challenging and fulfilling workplace. My advice would be to accept that challenge and bring your best “game” forward.

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What differentiates Glatfelter from other companies that you could work for? What makes Glatfelter special?

Glatfelter is a company that is focused and dedicated to its Core Values and mission to become the global supplier of choice in Specialty Papers and Engineered Products. To use the old adage…Glatfelter “walks the walk”…not just “talks the talk”!

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Can you talk about a time that you saw one or more of our Core Values displayed?

In my position, I see the reflection of our Core Values on a daily basis. One example of living the Core Values of Mutual Respect and Social Responsibility was when a group of us developed, and all of us implemented, our safety mission of Injury Free Every Day!

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How do you strike a good work/life balance? Does the company help you do this?

Sometimes it can seem challenging to strike a balance between work and life but Glatfelter is helping as evidenced in our many wellness initiatives including family wellness days, community sponsorship and our Family Medical Center at our Chillicothe, OH facility.
 


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