FPL Assistant Director Honored with Hall of Fame Induction

Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) Assistant Director Ted Wegner has been selected for induction into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame for his contributions and leadership impacts in research and technology development.

FPL Assistant Director Ted Wegner

FPL Assistant Director Ted Wegner

Wegner’s 36-year career with FPL has focused on a wide range of efforts, including bioenergy, recycling, forest biorefinery, and nanotechnology. He attributes this honor to the support he’s had along the way, both within the Forest Service and the paper industry as a whole.

“I am extremely honored to be selected as an inductee into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame and to be among those considered as having made noteworthy contributions,” says Wegner. “This is only possible because of the many dedicated and competent men and women within our broad paper industry community I have had the privilege to work with.  I thank the USDA Forest Service for giving me the freedom to focus my efforts on forward-looking scientific and technology developments, and I thank the industry for embracing new ideas.”

Wegner has served as Assistant Director at FPL for 24 years, during which he worked tirelessly to promote the image of the forest products industry as a critical contributor and major partner in improving the health and well-being of America’s forests.  He provided leadership in tackling important problems and opportunities facing the pulp and paper industry and creatively showed how solving such problems is of critical importance to the Forest Service in sustainably managing healthy and diverse forests.

“Ted Wegner has been a visionary leader in the world of pulp and paper research and beyond,” says FPL Acting Director Michael Rains. “Ted is truly a benchmark for public service, his contributions impacting countless lives and setting a shining example for the Forest Service family. His induction into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame is a well-deserved testament to his extraordinary dedication.”

The Paper Industry International Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that recognizes people who have made preeminent contributions to the paper industry worldwide. The induction ceremony will be held Oct. 3, 2013 in Appleton, Wis.