Maher to retire from UPM Blandin;  Juidici will become GM

Joo Maher, left, and Scott Juidici

UPM Blandin announced the upcoming retirement of General Manager Joe Maher. He will officially retire August 31 after 37 years with the company.

“Today’s announcement concludes a thoughtful planning process in leadership transition,” said Ruud van den Berg, senior vice president, Merchants and Office Business at UPM Paper ENA.  “Joe has led Blandin through significant changes, while keeping a focus on productivity and safety. I would like to thank him for his years of service and wish him the best on his retirement.”

Maher, has held numerous positions with UPM since 1981 including project engineer for the Blandin No. 6 paper machine and mill modernization project and as product development manager for the UPM Kaukas paper mill in Lappeenranta, Finland. Hew has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Scott Juidici, Blandin’s Production Manager, will be assuming the general manager position on April 1.  He has been with the mill for 15 years during which time he has also held the positions of PM6 maintenance coordinator and mechanical maintenance superintendent. Juidici attended Michigan Technical University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  

“We are pleased to bring Scott into the general manager position within UPM ENA and support his leadership on behalf of the company,” van den Berg said.