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The Lundberg Legacy
The Beginnings 1920-1950
During this period, the pulping industry in general was moving from the sulfite process to the kraft pulping process, with many new, large mills being built in the Southern states. The West Coast was home to several sulfite-based pulp mills, and in order for them to survive, they needed to modernize and upgrade their equipment. Lundberg was quite successful in obtaining a large amount of this business for the J.D. Jennsen Company and came to be known as “Mr. Sulfite“ all along the West Coast.
In the 1930s, it was clear that the kraft pulping process was the future of the industry. He began to develop relationships with the Scandinavian companies supplying equipment for the kraft process, eventually becoming the West Coast representative of Paper Machinery Ltd. (PML) and Svenska Flaktfabriken (SF). PML was the exclusive North American licensee of Karlstad Merkanske Werkstad (KMW), a company that would become one of the parties forming the company “Kamyr.” Although Lundberg was becoming more active in the kraft pulping industry, he continued to serve the sulfite pulping industry, eventually developing a series of technical papers that were ultimately published in hardcover format as Acid Making in the Sulfite Pulping Industry in the mid-1940s.
A.H. Lundberg Inc. 1951-1975
The year 1954 also brought about the formation of the company Lundberg Ahlen Equipment, Ltd (LAEL), which was jointly owned by A.H. Lundberg and Tore Ahlen. The company was formed by the partners to serve the Canadian pulping industry. The companies collaborated to bring technical innovation and entrepreneurial spirit to the pulping industry, particularly on the West Coasts of Canada and the United States. They were able to leverage their reputations on the West Coast to expand throughout North America and the world.
To increase their presence in Europe, the companies developed a relationship with a Portuguese partner, which eventually led to the creation of A.H. Lundberg Limited (LDA) in Lisbon, Portugal in 1969. In addition to representing Kamyr and others, and also developing its own evaporation technology, AHLI was also developing processes peripheral to the fiber line. The processes developed were quite diverse, encompassing environmental processes (collection and destruction of noncondensible gases and foul condensate stripping), heat recovery (from batch kraft blow heat and thermomechanical pulping), and byproduct recovery (turpentine and soap).
Halvar retired from AHLI in 1967, at which time his son, Lennart, was named president of the company. With Halvar’s retirement, the company also lost its representation agreement with Kamyr and became more reliant on its own technologies. Fortunately, the company had a wide range of products to offer, and it continued to develop new processes to serve the pulp and paper industry, including chlorine dioxide generating systems, as well as systems designed to treat the waste streams from this process.
A.H. Lundberg Associates Inc. 1975-2013
Elmer Guthrie, joined Lundberg in 1975 as a project manager. Bruce Beckstrom began as the Technical Director in 1977, continuing the technical innovation focus of the company. Rudi Miksa was hired as the South Regional Sales Manager in 1981, while Carl Smith was brought on in 1982 as the Southeast Regional Sales Manager. Both were well known in the industry in their regions, and together with Guthrie and Beckstrom were instrumental in the growth of the company throughout the United States.
The partnerships with the European Lundberg companies were dissolved, leaving only the offices in Washington State and British Columbia. As Lundberg went on to pursue other opportunities, Guthrie was named president of AHLA. Guthrie would lead AHLA through the 1980s and ’90s. This period saw a significant increase in environmental regulation in the United States, particularly at the state level. Another change in the business environment in the industry was a move toward vendor-led turnkey, or EPC, contracts. Lundberg was quite successful with environmental projects, and this success, together with success with EPC contracts, led to a significant amount of growth during this period. Guthrie retired 1999, and Joe Fedler was named the company president.