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John Wasshausen

Production Capability Leader~Catalyst Paper, Biron Mill

Work Experience

  • BMGI certified Black Belt with 30 years of pulping experience in Mechanical and Kraft pulping. Over $800,000 in documented hard and soft savings for associated Lean Six Sigma projects.  
  • Project Leader, Mentor, Facilitator, or Member of 51 completed projects.
  • Software Exposure: SAP, MS Office, Power Steering, MiniTab 16, TapRoot, Proficy, JD Edwards

Work experience

Sep 2014Present

Promoted September 2014 to production Capability Leader

  • Responsible for daily operation of the Pulp Mill including prioritization of maintenance spending, production, safety, and continuous improvement projects.
  • Member of Ergonomics team, Reliability Centered Maintenance team and Wellness Committee.
Sep 2013Sep 2014

Biron Mill Process Availability Leader

  • Implementation team member for Asset Availability/Asset Operations Manufacturing Excellence.
  • Responsible for Asset Reliability for Fiber Line, Stock Prep, Coating.  
  • Quad relief for Asset Operation Leader, Production Capability Leader, and Operations Maintenance Gatekeeper.
Jan 2009Sep 2013

Biron Mill Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

  • Led improvement projects in #26 Paper Machine, Coating, and Environmental.
  • Mentored 4 Green Belt candidates to certification with projects in the pulp mill, #25 and #26 paper machines.  
  • Participated in additional Lean Six Sigma training in Design, Root Cause Failure Analysis, and Mistake Proofing.
  • Responsible for all 5S and 5S project leader training at Biron, assisted with Yellow Belt Awareness training for every non-exempt employee.
Jan 1999Dec 2008

Biron Mill Fiber Line Superintendent

  • Managed department of 35 hourly employees, 4 Team Leaders and one Assistant Superintendent.
  • Responsible for safety, production, maintenance and quality of TMP and Ground Wood operations including: pulping, screening, cleaning, bleaching, wood room and Wet Lab.
  • Process upgrades to GW and TM screen rooms, wood room modernization.
  • Process leader for 4.2m Wash Press installation.  
  • TAPPI Mechanical Pulping member and speaker/author at CPPA.
  • Member of R&D BioPulping team.
  • Led Fiber Line team through RIF in 2001 and 2005
Jun 1990Dec 1998

Biron Mill Assistant Pulp Mill Superintendent

  • Responsible for process improvements, trials, maintaining data base, Superintendent relief, and working weekends in Stock Prep, Coating and Environmental departments.
  • Juran Facilitator for 3 successful projects.


2008 MBA~Lakeland College, Sheboygan WI

1991 Management Certificate~UW School of Business, Madison, WI

1982 BS~ UWSP Paper Science and Engineering, Stevens Point, WI

Life Balance Activities

Grandfather of Three, Church Volunteer, Cycle Racing, Running, Weight Training, DIY Auto and Home Repair, Travel, Curling League, Golfing, Wisconsin Sports and NASCAR enthusiast