Thank you for your nice article about the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Weyerhaeuser — now International Paper — mill.
During my 17 years representing the Secretary of the Army for Mississippi, Kathy and I had the honor of meeting so many wonderful people. One of those was Weyerhaeuser CEO Jack Creighton who was my fellow Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for the state of Washington. Jack served as a Sergeant in the 4th Infantry Division in Europe during the mid-1950s and had no pretension about himself whatsoever.
When we first met, he described in glowing terms his pride in the Columbus plant and his affection for the Golden Triangle and especially MUW. He said that the Columbus, Mississippi plant workforce was second to none.
He described his meetings with all three shifts as an opportunity to quickly know his company’s decision to build the plant was correct because of the work ethic present here in Columbus.
Needless to say, I was a most proud Mississippian that day and couldn’t wait to tell my W Girl that evening!
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