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June 17, 1971

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o gaodaoo e oJ, u[. saeoA 08 u~. u~o~ seq sop.unoo aoqa~H s£~ao pue uos~lht x~tl SHELTON HOMES, INC. Visit the "SKAGIT", Our Display Office at First and Cedar Sts. e AT THE control panel of the digester room at ITT Rayonier's Olympic Research Division, scientist Romeo Conca, right, and technician check out the condition of a "cook." The miniature pulp mill at the Shelton lab is the most versatile of its type. e ITT Rayonier's Olympic Research Division laboratory at Shelton was established in 1930 by the Rainier Pulp and Paper Company which had started manufacturing wood pulp for the paper industry in 1927. First assignment of the laboratory was to develop a chemical cellulose from wood to replace cotton linters, which was the raw material then used for the manufacture of rayon. Rayon requires a high quality cellulose which was not available from wood pulp at the time. This goal was reached in 1931 and the new cellulose pulp was called "Rayonier", a combination of the names "Rainier" and "Rayon". In 1933, the company became part of the Grays Harbor Pulp and Paper Company at Hoqmam and the Olympic Forest Products Company at Port Angeles. Four years later the company name was changed to Rayonier Incorporated. As the demand for chemical cellulose grew, other mills were added: Fernandina, Florida; Jesup, Georgia; and two mills in British Columbia, Canada, at Port Alice and Woodfibre. A research laboratory specializing in customer service problems was started in Whippany, New Jersey. In 1968 the company became part of ITT. The Olympic Resear.ch Division employs 154 people, including 59 scientists and engineers. Besides continuing the development of new and improved grades of cellulose for rayon, tire cord, cellophane and cellulose acetate, chemical products have been developed from parts of the tree normally wasted in the manufacture of cellulose. These chemical products, called silvichemicals, are used in such diverse industries as oil well drilling, industrial water treatment, trace element deficiency correction in agriculture, and building construction. in the laboratory, processes designed for plant operation ate run on a very small scale, but they have to be carried out in such a way that the results can be predicted for plant-scale production. In the pulping industry this requires highly specialized equipment, and the Olympic Research Division has some very sophisticated equipment that enables the scientists there to duplicate mill processes on a-very small scale. One example is a miniature paper machine. This machine converts a thin slurry of pulp to a sheet in the same way that a commercial machine does. However, instead of turning out a sheet of paper 30 feet wide at a rate of 30 miles per hour, as is done in the paper mill, the laboratory machine produces a sheet one foot wide at a rate of five feet per minute. The rate of production is about one fifteen-thousandth the commercial rate. The miniature machine closely duplicates the essential features of the commercial machine, so that the performance of the pulp and the quality of the paper made from it can be predicted without going to the expense of making a plant run, which might require up to 200 tons of pulp and a day's operation in the paper mill. Electronic instruments now e n a ble a chemist to perform analyses which were previously impossible or to save many hours of work in determining the composition of complex materials. The nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer can almost snap a picture of an individual molecule. Interpretation of the tracing obtained from this machine enables a scientist to draw the molecular structure of the compound being examined. An important function of the division is carried out by the Environment Control Section at a marine laboratory at Hoodsport which regularly tests receiving waters at all the Rayonier mills to insure that water quality is maintained at each location. ITT Rayonier's business is the conversion of trees to useful products. The company maintains its headquarters in New York City and has more than 6,000 employees engaged in manufacturing, research, and forest operation. With more than 1700 employees in Washington, the payroll in the state is more than $20 million and the total economic impact is more than $62 million. , ITT Rayonier products are sold all over the world. The international character of the business fits well into the ITT organization, which is truly an international company. ITT entered the 1960's as the world's largest company engaged internationally in operating telecommunication services and manufacturing telecommuni- cation equipment. Today, it ranks among the world's largest diversified international electronics and service enterprises as well. This growth is continuing, with emphasis on expansion of North American capabilities both in traditional servicesand manufacturing and in the new fast-growth services and manufacturing oriented to the increase of population in the next decade. ITT has forged a new company with new strengths and flexibilities, reinforced by the management diversification and skill necessary to achieve its growth objectives. ITT's firm base - t ellcommunica, tions and electronics, diversified services, and manufacturing - guarantees stability today and even higher growth rate tomorrow. It is already diversified and aggressively pursuing new areas of great future. Heavily engaged in research and development, it is a multinational enterprise with 396,000 employees in 70 countries. ITT Rayonier will play its part in the continued growth and development of ITT in the years ahead and the people at the Olympic Research Division will supply the technological expertise for much that will be accomplished. RESEARCH PERSONNEL at ITT Rayonier's Olympic Research Division in Shelton perform a turbidity test to determine the suspended material in process waters. Left is Floyd Watters, technician; right, Lloyd Van Blaricom, chemist. Page S-88- Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971 As this area's most versatile builder, we work with you at no additional cost to provide a home to fit your needs and fit esthetically into your property and its surroundings--be it a compact weekend retreat, a second home away from home or in many cases a design with future retirement or permanent living kept in mind. Our well organized staff can build from scratch, from your own pictures and ideas, or from any of our basic concepts to give you a unique and a satisfying home. There is no minimum or maximum to what we are fully capable of accomplishing. Our journeymen contractors are among the most proficient in the field. Through our corporation they afford you the most in satisfaction of craftsmanship. S. W. Washington's Most Complete Lumber and Building Material ... from a le to a complete house package... • 500,000 ft. Normal Lumber Stock • Plywood and Sheathing • Bird Roofing • Ador-Security "Hurricane" Aluminum Windows Our M ce Store Makes It Easy For You To Shop • Ceiling and Floor Tile • Insulation • Complete Hardware Stock • Plumbing & Electrical Of Shelton 426-2611 • Lawn and Garden Center • Long Bell Kitchen Cabinets • Frigidaire Appliances • Pre-Finished Paneling • Siding--All Types • Fuller Paints and "Building Mason County" Many Other Products Thursday, June 17, 1971 Shelton-Mason County Journal - Page S-5