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It’s a wrap! MPA signs on top forest product customer for 10 more years

[ August 25, 2016   //   ]

The Maryland Department of Transportation Port Administration (MPA) announced on August 23 that it has signed long-time forest products customer UPM to a new 10-year contract extension.  The agreement guarantees the continued shipment of UPM paper products through the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore.   The new extension, which took effect August 1, replaces a previous ten-year contract that was due to expire in 2018.

“Long-term contracts are vital in supporting jobs that pay well at the Port and we are pleased to continue our successful partnership with UPM for another decade,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “The Port of Baltimore has long been one of the leading forest product ports in the U.S., and much of that success is due to the presence of UPM.”

Finland-based UPM manufactures paper products used for packaging, direct mail, advertising, promotional, postal, magazines, and catalogues.  Last year, the Port of Baltimore handled 212,953 tons of UPM paper, an increase of approximately 10,000 tons from 2014.

“UPM is pleased to have extended our commitment to Baltimore,” said UPM Vice President North American Supply Chain Angelo LaMantia.  “UPM has enjoyed a healthy business partnership with the MPA since 1997. Our business relationship with the MPA is our strongest asset. At the core of this relationship is trust, support, openness and mutual respect. The partnership has been a catalyst for both the MPA and UPM to grow and succeed over the years. As in years past, we look forward to the exceptional service we have received from the MPA and our other business partners for many years to come.”

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