Behind the scenes at Sappi’s Somerset Mill

 

Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, ME for Sappi Global.  © Brian Fitzgerald

 

Last fall, I collaborated with the marketing team at Sappi North America on Project Elevate—a $418 million upgrade at Maine’s Somerset Mill. They’re overhauling Paper Machine No. 2, expanding its capabilities, all while the mill’s day-to-day operations churn on. Having struggled myself to simultaneously construct my child’s Ikea desk and binge watch TV, I couldn’t help but be deeply impressed by this achievement.

 

My task was to capture elements of this

Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, ME for Sappi Global. © Brian Fitzgerald

massive project over the course of one day. This involved shadowing Sappi N.A.’s president and CEO, Michael Haws, as he toured the bustling construction site. I created environmental portraits of Haws and his team, and photographed him with Sappi workers.

I love creating images in industrial environments like these–while challenging, the opportunities for amazing and dramatic visuals are worth the effort.

 

Paper Mill
Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, ME for Sappi Global. © Brian Fitzgerald

 

Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, ME for Sappi Global. © Brian Fitzgerald
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