History of PIMA

The American Pulp and Paper Mill Superintendents Management Association, known today as PIMA, was established in 1919 in Appleton, Wisconsin. It was founded by a group of 40 pulp and paper mill superintendents who wanted to improve themselves, their firms and their industry by sharing their expertise and experience as managers.

Although there were organizations at the time that addressed management issues and techniques, as well as those that specialized in pulp and paper technology and equipment, papermakers needed PIMA.

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Established to serve the specific needs of mill management, PIMA offered industry professionals the chance to share various points of view and experiences from different geographical regions and various corporate cultures, physical facilities and product lines.

PIMA’s goal to maintain a strong and profitable industry by continually improving the management skills of its managers is the same today as it was in 1919. While PIMA as we know it today has changed and grown over the years, it has stayed consistent with its mission:

PIMA delivers value by creating forums that address current issues and develop management and leadership skills in a way that is both customer focused and driven.

This is important, because we believe that well-managed employees will: develop better work methods, improve quality, operate more safely, provide better service, be responsible environmentally, develop more economical processes, products and new markets, and actively contribute to the organization’s success.

PIMA also believes that suppliers are an integral part of association membership and involvement. As a result, two kinds of membership have evolved over the years, one for mill members and another for suppliers (affiliates). PIMA believes that each group contributes to and helps the other make a healthy, progressive pulp and paper industry.


PIMA believes industry employees at all levels contribute to the industry’s success. Workers today are better informed than ever before. They work with technology and understand economics. They want to be informed about the business and want to assume a role in its progress.

Sophisticated employees need access to tools to help them lead them effectively. PIMA provides a forum to share experiences, as well as successes and failures, with others to better prepare everyone for their jobs. PIMA recognizes that every employee is responsible for “managing,” regardless of title. This commitment to providing growth opportunities and forums where industry professionals come together to share ideas and experiences is what PIMA’s founding fathers envisioned in 1919. PIMA is still dedicated to that goal.