Instant coffee, ketchup, Lululemon yoga pants and Nike Air Max sneakers are all in. Bottled water, pricey diapers and Burberry luxury trench coats are out.
The Wisconsin Central Railroad provided an abundant supply of wood to the growing Menasha Woodenware Company, but the flour industry faced declining wheat yields and steep competition from Minneapolis. Entrepreneurs found that the Fox River could provide the power and clean water needed for papermaking. The industry expanded outward, and impacted the entire region.
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Viking Masek Builds U.S. Operations & Headquarters in Oostburg, WisconsinAdmin
Verso Corp. attributes $31M third-quarter loss to idled mills, severance costs
Hoffmaster Launches First Antimicrobial-Protected Product Line
Active negotiations lift hopes that idled Duluth paper mill may be revived
Legislative audit finds lapses with Wisconsin recycling programs
Comar Relocates to Expanded Manufacturing Facility in West Bend, Wisconsin
Appvion`s Appleton Plant Achieves 500,000 Safe Man Hours
SPL Consulting receiving FLAG’s Strategic Partner Award
Ahlstrom-Munksjö introduces FibRoc®, a new product platform of high performance solutions for durable applications
Plastic bags into parking lots—it’s possible
Cimcorp Automates Bakery Product Handling and Order Fulfillment in Kwik Trip’s La Crosse, Wisconsin
Pepsi unveils first 2-liter bottle redesign in nearly 30 years
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Appleton, WI – Appvion Operations, Inc., is proud to share that on October 15, 2020 the Appleton Plant achieved 500,000 safe man hours without a recordable injury. This impressive milestone is due to the personal commitment each employee made to work safe for themselves, their family, and their coworkers.
Safety is Appvion’s first core value as there is nothing more important than the safety and well-being of ouremployees. Rob Belanger, vice president of manufacturing, shares “reaching the 500,000 safe man hour mark without a recordable injury is something that every individual in the Appleton plant should be extremely proud of. This milestone is proof that Appvion is dedicated to our core value of safety while also operating in a productive and efficient manner.”...
PepsiCo`s line of chubby plastic 2-liter bottles are getting a slimmer redesign — the first in about three decades.
Beginning this week, some US customers will see in stores a new bottle with an enhanced "grip point" at the bottom that`s 25% slimmer than the old bottle, among other design changes. The "modern, functional and easy-to-use bottle" makes it easier to pour, PepsiCo said in its announcement Monday.
PepsiCo is rolling out the bottle to more than two dozen of its drinks, including its line of Pepsi options, MTN DEW (née Mountain Dew), Crush, Dr. Pepper and Schweppes Ginger Ale. Shoppers in Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Wisconsin will see the new bottle Monday, with a nationwide debut in the "near future."...
Ken Notes: Innovation will keep the packaging industries strong...
Ahlstrom-Munksjö reinforces its leading position in high performance solutions for durable applications, by launching Ahlstrom-Munksjö FibRoc®. The Fibroc® platform will bring together a wide range of high performance products under the same brand, making it easier for business partners to recognize and understand the offering across the value chain...
For more information please visit https://www.ahlstrom-munksjo.com/products/construction-and-furniture-materials/performance-materials-for-durable-construction-applications or contact firstname.lastname@example.org ....Full Story
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The identity of an interested prospective buyer remains under wraps, but any sale likely would involve a massive investment to convert the plant`s production to materials used in packaging.
Continued talks with representatives of a company interested in perhaps acquiring the shuttered Verso paper mill in Duluth have intensified in recent weeks, drawing increased attention to the fate of the facility and the 220-plus people it employed before a shutdown was announced in late June.
Randy Nebel, Verso`s newly appointed president and CEO, hinted at the possibility of a sale of the Duluth facility during a Nov. 9 earnings call.
In response to an analyst`s questions about the future of the two mills Verso closed this summer, Nebel said the company had put efforts to sell its idled Wisconsin Rapids operation on hold but observed: "Duluth has got some people interested, and that is ongoing." ...
Ken Notes: Marty and I strongly support getting this reopened.
The Bio-Shield™ antimicrobial product line provides peace of mind by stopping the growth of bacteria and fungi where cleanliness is crucial.
OSHKOSH, WISC. (October 21, 2020) – In response to the evolving needs for cleanliness in the foodservice industry, Hoffmaster Group, Inc®, a leader in foodservice disposables, launches its new Bio-Shield™ antimicrobial product line: an applied technology that stops the growth of bacteria and fungi on contact.
“More than ever, the public has an increased awareness of cleanliness and sanitation,” says Hoffmaster President Andy Romjue.
“Traditional gestures like a server handing a patron a stack of napkins or setting a fork on a bare tabletop are now things we all second guess. Bio-Shield™ gives confidence that unwanted bacteria isn’t transferring,” adds Romjue....
Marty Notes: The Wisconsin 5P industries are moving forward to meet the challenge of COVID19 with innovative products... more to come! Send us your press releases and news stories to share them with industry leaders, news outlets, and decision makers in the State...
The Brad Brown Strategic Partner Award is an individual award presented annually to one person who has exemplified commitment, creativity and excellence in their support of the FLAG organization. This year’s winner is Brian Van De Water, CEO, SPLConsulting, LLC.
McKay adds that the efforts “Brian made with FLAG and our members were exceptional. Every project he worked on was extremely positive. His creativity in adapting to changing needs of our group and their overall challenges was excellent.”
Ken Notes: Congrats!!!
Cimcorp, a manufacturer and integrator of turnkey robotic order fulfillment and tire-handling solutions, announces it has helped Midwest convenience store chain Kwik Trip automate product handling and order fulfillment in its La Crosse, Wisconsin baking facility’s warehouse. Within the 87,000-square-foot warehouse, Cimcorp designed a space-saving, high-density layout and custom automated solution centered around its MultiPick robotic order picking system. The solution is able to rapidly manage 80,000 trays of fast-moving bakery products and process orders for 53,000 outbound trays to over 700 Kwik Trip stores each day....
Ken Notes: Great read on Kwik Trips facility. I have heard that Kwik Trip has one of the largest daries, banana ripening facilities,and bakeries in the US. Those that like automation will love this story...
Comar, a premier supplier of specialty packaging solutions and custom molded medical devices and assemblies, relocated to an expanded manufacturing campus in West Bend, Wisconsin.
According to company officials, Comar`s West Bend operation is moving into a 160,000 square-foot former plastic molding facility less than five miles from the current location. The new building will triple Comar`s local footprint and eventually house over $7 million of capital investment in high tonnage injection molding machines, large cavitation molds, and press side automation. Comar expects to begin production at the new address on newly installed equipment in December 2020 and commence a full plant move during the first quarter of 2021.
To control costs, Verso plans to soon deploy capital on "high-return projects" throughout its mills with a focus on energy reduction, chemical reduction and productivity improvement....Full Story
Ken Notes: This article is behind a paywall, but we have covered this previously. It would be nice if we could communicate to their stockholders that Wisconsin would love to take one of the idled mills off their hands...
The Plastics Industry Association and partners test a new application for plastic bags through its NEMO project.
What do you do when you have a mountain of 71,000 plastic bags? Recycle them.
The first installation of the Plastics Industry Association`s (Plastics) New End Market Opportunities (NEMO) project recently recycled the equivalent of 71,000 retail shopping bags to pave a parking lot at member company LyondellBasell`s Technology Center in Cincinnati.
LyondellBasell partnered with Colas Solutions of Cincinnati, Domino Plastics of Bakersfield, California, and Barrett Industries of Roseland, New Jersey, to add more than 4,000 pounds of recycled polyethylene (rPE) film to hot asphalt and pave its parking lot.
The new asphalt formulation—developed in partnership with the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University—in Alabama offers many of the same benefits of traditional polymer-modified asphalt, including improved performance and increased lifespan at a decreased cost...
...Plastics is leading scientific research, demonstration projects and identifying new markets, such as paving using recycled plastics. SC Johnson is planning a second demonstration project for recycled polyethylene film-infused asphalt at its Racine, Wisconsin, headquarters. ......Full Story
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources failed to follow state law and its own rules, according to a legislative review of the state’s $28.1 million recycling program.
The nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau found the DNR spent money appropriated for recycling administration on other related programs...
...Over a four-year period between 2015 and 2019, the DNR spent more than $807,000 appropriated for recycling administration on a program to promote beneficial reuse of industrial byproducts, such as coal ash, foundry sand and paper mill sludge.
Ken Notes: To be fair, during this time China had stopped buying US mixed recycling and all of the centers we trying to figure out what to do. Rather than penalize them for situations beyond their control, the DNR was focusing on areas where it could have a stronger impact.
While their main mission is fulfilling needs at home and abroad through meaningful service opportunities, their service has expanded into recycling both electronics and medical equipment.
WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - In honor of America Recycles Day on November 15th, the Wisconsin DNR announced their 2020 Recycling Excellence Award naming the Good News Project as one of the recipients. Overall, 15 businesses, non-profits, and local government programs were selected for the recycling efforts....Full Story
Over the years the Good News Project partners with many organizations in the area to take care of local community members and those around the world.
While their main mission is fulfilling needs at home and abroad through meaningful service opportunities, their service has expanded into recycling both electronics and medical equipment.
This year the Good News Project collected more than 272,000 pounds of electronic waste. Over the past decade, they’ve recycled 2.2 million pounds of electronics in Northern Wisconsin.
Viking Masek, a leading manufacturer in the packaging industry, started a $4 million expansion of its U.S. headquarters in Oostburg, Wisconsin.
The major campus expansion will add approximately 33,000 sq ft. to the headquarters facility, increasing its total footprint by over 60 percent to 91,000 sq ft. Expected to be completed by next July, the project will add warehouse and production space plus office areas including 36+ new workspaces.
“This business expansion is a natural progression for our company,” said Robb Leonhard, Viking Masek co-owner and Executive Vice President. “It increases our ability to better provide innovative and automated packaging lines from tote to pallet."...
Ken Notes: Congrats. Not too far from Whistling Straits Golf Course, we may need to tour the facility September 22-27 of 2021 the weekend of the Ryder Cup!
Retailers and consumer brands have two primary avenues when working with a packaging manufacturer to print product packaging and/or labels: traditional printing (including offset, flexography, gravure and screen printing, amongst others) and digital printing. For example, flexo printing involves the use of high-speed printing presses with pre-imaged plates to transfer ink to a variety of packaging materials—well suited to large volume FMCG (Fast-Moving Consumer Goods) packaging where artwork is static.
By comparison, digital printing is more like consumer printers in the home office, but the quality of the output is equal or superior to conventionally printed items...
Appleton, WI – Appvion Operations, Inc. is launching a line of innovative packaging products under its new MISSION ZERO™ portfolio of sustainable products.
MISSION ZERO™ is the umbrella brand for Appvion`s newly engineered products to enhance sustainable packaging design by providing functional materials and systems that are addressing key issues of sustainability and recyclability. "First in line under MISSON ZERO™ will be an innovative recyclable cup stock for hot and cold beverages that meets widely recognized industry standards for sustainable packaging in food and beverage, most notably the use of renewable, recyclable, and responsibly sourced materials," said Jorg Schneewind, president, packaging and specialty coatings.
The MISSION ZERO™ products are designed to enable transformation, innovation, and optimization in the paper packaging value chain, and provide for a closed loop system and circular economy for consumer packaging, food service, industrial packaging, and communication papers....
Ken Notes: With the administration change, now may be a good time to focus on the renewable / recyclable aspect of the entire paper industry. Also packaging may be "revisited" as we move forward. We will also need to be aware of our carbon footprint and "global warming" will again become a part of the vocabulary...
A new Windmöller and Hölscher Heliostar rotogravure press at American Packaging Corporation’s facility in DeForest, Wis. Image courtesy of American Packaging Corp.
Creating a high-impact visual appeal and embracing sustainability initiatives are two of the top priorities among brand owners. With these desires in mind, American Packaging Corporation has added two new presses to its DeForest, Wis., facility, increasing the company’s capabilities in flexible packaging, and which are specifically designed for the priority of recycle ready packaging with high quality graphics and performance.
The presses however, are not the wide web flexographic machines that produce the vast majority of flexible packaging in North America. In fact, these Windmöller and Hölscher Heliostar rotogravure presses are the latest additions to a complex dedicated entirely to gravure technology, demonstrating the company’s commitment to a printing technology that had become less common in the U.S., but is reemerging as a result of brand owner demand and new technologies.
Ken Notes: What a beautiful press. 5Pnews may need to host some events at these companies after covid, what do you think....
Marty Notes: Wisconsin is the leader in offset, flexo and gravure printing capabilities in the USA. We need to educate ALL about our contribution to the Wisconsin economy.
Ken Notes: 5PNews is a Wisconsin product, and proudly supports the industry in the State. Above are articles that we believe are of interest but do not specifically mention a Wisconsin Company.
With its commercial printing revenue declining 29% this year, Quad/Graphics Inc. “right-sized” its operations with four plant closings and 1,100 job eliminations.
The plant closings did not include Sussex-based Quad’s (NYSE: QUAD) four plants in Wisconsin, which are in West Allis, Sussex, Hartford and Lomira...
Ken Notes: Unlike Verso, there has been a huge decline in the magazine, book and catalog business. Quad is making necessary adjustments to maintain their business and jobs. Covid has contributed to this decline as well.
Marty: The catalog and publications markets will continue to downsize. The printing industry of Wisconsin needs to continually build on the success of the packaging markets and become the last man standing in the catalog and magazine printing business. Quad is very capable of this...
The CBD market is exploding and North America is leading the global market due to increasing consumer demand. The CBD cosmetics, Cannabeauty, market alone is expected to grow by 31.3% by 2025. This means an influx of new products and new brands with a need for package design.
The newly expanded Neenah® Folding Board portfolio addresses this developing market for package designers with the introduction of new hemp fiber papers, a new color, and new finishes.
Why hemp infused papers?.......Full Story
Ken Notes: If 2020 does not end soon we all may need another hemp product. Thanks for reading see you next week....
Inland Packaging was recognized for taking home awards among the 200 entries in the 2020 Packaging Impressions Excellence Awards.
Sustainability Category: Labels
Marty Notes: Congrats!
Due to tremendous growth, Infinity Machine & Engineering Corporation, a market leading manufacturer of tissue packaging equipment including wrappers, bundlers, casepackers, diverters, conveyors and case sealers, has broken ground on a new 8,900 square meter expansion (96,000 sq. ft). Currently, Infinity is split between four facilities, three of which are in Green Bay, WI USA and the fourth in Bologna, Italy.
The new expanded facility in Green Bay, USA will be a total 16,000 square meters (172,000 sq. ft), which along with its facility in Bologna, Italy of 1200 square meters (13,000 sq. ft), will perfectly position Infinity to continue to grow its business and serve Infinity customers world-wide...
Ken Notes: Attention Media - This is a great story, give them a call...
As people contemplate life going back to normal, one of the biggest questions that still does not have an answer is when a coronavirus vaccine will be ready. That will depend upon when effective vaccines become available. But beyond that, there are all the supply chain hurdles associated with manufacturing, warehousing, distributing, and administering the vaccines...
...The good news of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid vaccine has been tempered by the requirement that it needs to be stored at -70C or below – a tough challenge for the logistics business....
... To keep the vaccines safe during transport, Pfizer has developed a reusable suitcase-sized container that can keep between 1,000 and 5,000 doses at ultracold ( -70C) temperatures for up to 10 days. The containers will be also be equipped with GPS technology to allow for real-time tracking. The hope is to deliver nearly 1.5 billion does by the end of 2021.
Ken Notes: Talk about a packaging challenge. -70 for 10 days in glass tubes with GPS tracking...
The most sought-after at times have been as costly as precious metals. Their allures set world exploration in motion, fueled sailing expeditions around the Cape of Good Hope, precipitated the establishment of colonies. And now, more than 4,000 years after the initial fervor, we are living through a new spice boom.
The coronavirus pandemic has had dramatic effects on the food system, ingredients pingponging between surfeit and scarcity. Broken supply chains have resulted in the dumping of milk and eggs, and the rotting of produce in the fields, even as grocery stores have seen shortages of things such as meat, flour and yeast. But spices have been a bright spot, a category steadily increasing in demand since the virus took hold, with plastic and glass container manufacturers straining to keep up...
The supplier of specialty packaging and custom molded medical devices and assemblies will begin moving into a 160,000-square-foot former plastic molding facility next month.
Comar has announced the relocation and expansion of its West Bend, WI, manufacturing site. The supplier of specialty packaging and custom molded medical devices and assemblies is moving into a 160,000-square-foot former plastic molding facility less than five miles from the current location. It’s the third major site expansion announced by Comar in 2020.The new building will triple Comar’s local footprint and eventually house more than $7 million worth of capital investment in high-tonnage injection molding machines, large cavitation molds, and press side automation. Comar has retained some assets from the former plastics processing plant, the company added....
November 10, 2020 – West Bend, WI – Comar, a premier supplier of specialty packaging solutions and custom molded medical devices and assemblies is proud to announce the relocation and expansion of its West Bend, Wisconsin manufacturing site.
This represents the third major site expansion announcement by Comar in 2020.
Comar’s West Bend operation is moving into a 160,000 square-foot former plastic molding facility less than five miles from the current location, 910 Rusco Road.
MIAMISBURG, Ohio – Verso Corp. reported a $31 million loss during the third quarter as the company idled paper mills in Wisconsin Rapids and Duluth, Minnesota.
Revenue for the quarter fell by more than half to $306 million compared to the same period in 2019, the company announced Monday.
Of that amount, about $70 million, or 11%, was due to the indefinite idling of its Wisconsin Rapids and Duluth mills in July; $36 million, or 6%, was due to the June 2019 sale of its mill in Luke, Maryland; and $145 million, or 24%, was was the result of selling its mills in Jay, Maine, and Stevens Point in February, according to Verso`s quarterly financial report....Full Story
Ken Notes: We question this loss while they remain reluctant to sell or restart the Wisconsin Rapids facility. I believe there is far more to this story than is being reported. I hope the State and community can keep the property valuation high so they can collect property tax revenue to help defray the cost of maintaining the infrastructure and other expenses created by the mill closing...
The Central Wisconsin Recycling Collective has been recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with the 2020 Recycling Excellence Award for Projects and Initiatives.
The CWRC has exceeded DNR expectations and provided a higher standard of service to its residents, DNR Waste and Material Management Bureau Director Brad Wolbert said in a news release.
The CWRC comprises Portage County Solid Waste Department, Marathon County Solid Waste Department and Recycling Connections...
MADISON, Wis. –The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Green Tier program continues to foster a strong partnership between the DNR and the printing industry by cutting regulatory red tape, yielding more efficient and sustainable printing operations. The change was implemented in late September 2020.
The Wisconsin Printing Industry Superior Environmental Performance Charter, a Green Tier initiative, was formed in September 2015 and focuses on regulatory streamlining initiatives, education on compliance and sustainability strategies and promotion of new technologies and processes.......Full Story
Pantone Metallic Shimmers is a new collection of lustrous metallic and pearlescent tones created to provide all fashion and product designers with a visual reference for metallic color.
Featuring a range of core metallic shades and directional colors reflective of future trends, our new Pantone Metallic Shimmers addresses the increasing importance of metallic finish in fashion and product design. Produced using a pigment coating that combines and highlights the true essence of color with a brilliant and luminous finish, our new Pantone Metallic Shimmers enables designers and colorists working in metallic with an easy-to-use collection of trend-right color references, aiding visualization and enhancing the reproduction process.
All 200 new Metallic Shimmers are available in a portable Color Guide, Color Specifier Book, and as large 8.5” x 11” Sheets, providing you with flexible solutions to fit the needs of your specific design workflow...
PARSIPPANY, N.J., USA – October 28, 2020 – Sun Chemical released its 11th annual Corporate Sustainability Report for the year ending 2019.
The report describes Sun Chemical’s emphasis on sustainability in the way it develops, manufactures and distributes its products while also showing how it works with customers and suppliers to improve their sustainability goals.
The 2019 report shares key research and development highlights and Sun Chemical’s contributions to a more sustainable future, such as:...
As colder months are around the corner, face masks are taken
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As the global population continues to struggle with the spread of COVID-19, the role of face masks remains unvaried in the fight against the pandemic. Wearing one is key in terms of protection.
Rarely have supply-chain leaders faced more complex, changing conditions than they have during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s how companies can manage through the crisis and build resilience against future shocks.
In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, Diane Brady speaks with Edward Barriball and Susan Lund about how the COVID-19 crisis has affected global supply chains and how various industries are faring......Full Story
A list of notes / talking points on our industries. We are striving to connect the dots regarding the "5Ps" and how they are connected to each other and more importantly Wisconsin.
The 5P’s – Paper, Pulp, Printing, Packaging and Plastic and the related industries are not about Wisconsin`s Past -- We Are Wisconsin`s FUTURE!
The latest data from the Equipment Leasing & Finance Association (ELFA) shows that 80% of businesses finance their equipment acquisitions each year, including equipment like computers and office furniture to manufacturing and transportation equipment. As a result, I hear this question quite often: Is it better to finance my equipment acquisition or to pay cash? And if the answer is finance, what type of financing should I use? There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, but today I’m outlining some benefits of financing equipment that might help make this decision easier for your business.
Of course, it’s important to note:......Full Story
Ken Notes: Great read...
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Welcome to the Thomas Index Report for the week of November 2nd.
This week, we’re taking a closer look at industrial sourcing activity for packaging materials and services. On the Thomasnet.com platform, recent sourcing for these categories – and other related subcategories – has been up substantially.
Searches for liquid packaging have jumped 236% year-over-year, and packaging film sourcing has gone up 93% year-over-year. Interest in more general packaging services is also up 60% over the same timeframe......Full Story
Ken Notes: More articles and data at the link. Good insight offered on COVID-19 issues from packaging to materials. It is interesting that the most effective PPE is made of spunbound and melt blown materials not cloth. We may want to invest in a little marketing to suggest that disposable "paper" masks work better that cloth. Also following the campaign coverage, there seem to be a HUGE (sorry couldn`t resist) for printed masks.
The company is redesigning its packaging to use less material, and employing AI to find the smallest possible package for each box.
Inside an Amazon warehouse, when an order gets ready to ship, a worker doesn’t just make a decision about what package seems best. Instead, a suite of machine-learning tools analyze the combination of items that are shipping and choose the size and type of packaging—or whether a box is needed at all—as part of the company’s ongoing quest to shrink its giant packaging footprint....
Ken Notes:Great read. A personal observation, I ordered a gift for my grandson this week and it came in the original package with just a label affixed. The package was extremely damaged (contents were OK). So if Amazon is going to avoid extra packaging we need to design more robust original content packaging and labeling. This is a new frontier and we need to be out front with sound ideas and design...
For nearly 50 years, Canada-based Ecowaste Industries Ltd. has been servicing its community by providing diversion and recycling solutions for construction and demolition (C&D) waste.
In an effort to more closely align the company’s services with its mission to recycle, repurpose and sustain the products it manages, Ecowaste invested in a multi-million-dollar wood processing system in 2019 to better recycle waste wood streams into a high-quality biomass product that can be used for alternative fuels.
“In the past, we knew that we would be interested in getting into the wood business, and at the time, we had an opportunity to buy a [company] that would give us a pretty good reach into the wood recycling industry,” says Christian Dietrich, general manager for Ecowaste’s waste management division...
CTI Announces Water-Based Glow-in-Dark Ink Formulas For High-Speed Flexo And Gravure – Covering the Printing Inks, Coatings and Allied Industries.
With growing interest from the world’s largest consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands for customer-engaging glow-in-the-dark (GID) inks on food and beverage packaging, Chromatic Technologies Inc. (CTI) introduces water-based GID formulas for paper and film substrates.
CTI’s new water-based GID inks offer an alternative that’s as easy to print and that glows as strongly as UV or solvent ink systems. A single print station with a 10-13 (BCM) anilox allows print operators to deliver the same glow strength as CTI’s solvent-based GID ink....
OSHKOSH, WISC. – In response to the evolving needs for cleanliness in the foodservice industry, Hoffmaster Group, Inc®, a leader in foodservice disposables, launches its new Bio-Shield™ antimicrobial product line: an applied technology that stops the growth of bacteria and fungi on contact.
“More than ever, the public has an increased awareness of cleanliness and sanitation,” says Hoffmaster President Andy Romjue.”
“Traditional gestures like a server handing a patron a stack of napkins or setting a fork on a bare tabletop are now things we all second guess. Bio-Shield™ gives confidence that unwanted bacteria isn’t transferring,” adds Romjue......Full Story
Marty Notes: Hoffmaster and many other Wisconsin companies are quickly developing new innovative products in response to COVID-19 and new consumer awareness! This continues to keep Wisconsin of the product development map. Congrats Hoffmaster...
Packerland Websites hit a new milestone in October– 400 website clients! Bill Koehne and his team appreciate working with each and every one of these fantastic business partners.
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Just as no two clients are alike, no two websites are the same. Our team consults with individual clients to understand their vision and goals...
A Wisconsin manufacturer of thermoform packaging plans to establish a third U.S. facility and its second in the Southwest.
Prent Corp. will invest $12.5 million in the new plant in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, state economic development officials announced. The project is expected to lead to 85 new jobs....Full Story
Prent officials said the company worked with leaders in the “Borderplex” — the corridor encompassing Las Cruces, New Mexico; El Paso, Texas; and Juarez, Mexico — for more than three years to make the facility a reality. Construction on the 62,500-square-foot building will begin “as soon as approvals are in place,” and operations are expected to start in the fall of 2021...
Actions are underway in cities to invest nearly a half-billion dollars on modernized recycling infrastructure and consumer education that will reduce the plastic footprint of America`s beverage companies by increasing the amount of plastic bottles that are collected and remade into new ones.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The first year of a breakthrough effort by America`s leading beverage companies to boost the recycling of plastic bottles saw the initiation of modernization projects in Texas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin that will help more than 349,000 households recycle nearly 38 million new pounds of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic over ten years for remaking into new bottles, the American Beverage Association (ABA) announced today....Full Story
The investments are the first three of nine initial projects that we have committed funding for under Every Bottle Back, a 10-year effort by The Coca-Cola Company, Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) and PepsiCo to marshal the equivalent of nearly a half-billion dollars to reduce the beverage industry`s plastic footprint. The initiative will go toward the modernization of recycling infrastructure and to help educate consumers on the value of 100% recyclable plastic bottles in several regions of the USA...
New product from Infinite Material Solutions is the first ever water-soluble support that is compatible with high-temperature thermoplastics such as PEEK, PEKK, PEI, and PPSU
PRESCOTT, Wisconsin, Nov. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Infinite Material Solutions, LLC, a material design innovator focused on additive manufacturing, announces the official launch of a water-soluble 3D printing support material called AquaSys® 180. Built for exceptional temperature stability, this new product thrives in printing conditions that no existing water-soluble support material can withstand. This makes it uniquely compatible with industry-favored thermoplastics such as Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and Polyetherimide (PEI), and significantly reduces the cost and time of downstream processing...
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Congratulations to Robyn Buss, Executive Vice President for Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s Food Packaging & Technical Solutions business area, for being listed among the 100 most influential women in business in Finland. 2020 is the first year that this annual survey (conducted by the Finnish weekly financial and business magazine Talouselämä) included foreign women who impact Finnish companies.
Robyn Buss has a long career in the paper industry and she has worked with the Ahlstrom-Munkjso facilities in Wisconsin, U.S. for her entire career. She appreciates the culture, especially the family feel and diversity.
"It`s a great pleasure to work with people who represent so many different cultures," she concluded in an interview with Talouselämä.
Marty Notes: It is nice to see the global impact of our Wisconsin companies...
The company is expanding this year with its Smartrac acquisition and new product releases, including a combined RFID and EAS tag and a high-density-read tag, as it seeks to address the changing needs for supply chain visibility and touchless shopping.
Oct 21, 2020Considering how COVID-19 has disrupted retail and other markets, Avery Dennison sees both challenges and opportunities ahead. For RFID, says Jeremy Schenof, Avery Dennison Intelligent Labels` VP of strategy and new business development, opportunity can be found by providing greater visibility into inventory and supply chains, as well as offering touchless shopping to consumers at stores.
The company intends to be part of the solution...
Ken Notes: For a detailed description of Radio Frequency Identification RFID click here. The video is way cool...
Marty Notes: RFID is a huge opportunity for all companies involved in packaging... more to come! This will change exponentially over the next few years.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS - After months of exploring possibilities, Verso Corp. announced Wednesday it would slow down its effort to find a buyer for the Wisconsin Rapids mill.
David Sams, Verso`s vice president of environmental health, safety and sustainability, told members of the Wisconsin Rapids Together Task Force Wednesday morning that, the economic environment and the continued COVID-19 pandemic have made it difficult to find a buyer.
Sams said it has become apparent that a sale in the near future will be “impossible.”...
Ken Notes: This is wrong, we need the jobs and we need the pulp. We need to pressure Verso any way we can to expedite the sale or reopening of this facility...
Marty Notes: We need to explore all possible ideas and solutions by bringing them to the table.
The largest hauler in North America processed a record amount of recyclables in 2019, and it invested more than $100 million to improve its recycling infrastructure, according to its latest sustainability report.
Waste Management, the Houston-headquartered garbage and recycling giant, detailed its recycling activities in the report covering 2019 and early 2020. ...Full Story
Ken Notes: Worth looking at...
McLean, VA, Sept. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A new documentary gives an inside look at the U.S. paper and packaging industry’s decades-long legacy of environmental stewardship. A story of grit, passion and dedication, “Paper Makers” provides a rare and intimate insight into how the industry’s foresters, mill workers and engineers have cared for the land, working in tandem with nature for generations. In a critical decade for climate action, “Paper Makers” looks at the philosophy and practices that have made the U.S. paper and packaging industry a vocal advocate for responsible land management, sustainable design and the protection of our planet’s most valuable resources.
Ken Notes: Take a few minutes to watch this film... Very well done... This is a great opportunity to share with educators and leaders in your community....
GRAND CHUTE - Brent Balken has done everything he can think of to find workers for his new Pizza Ranch near Costco.
The new restaurant is ready and should have opened by now. Its bills are starting to pile up in his mailbox.
He pushed the opening back several times, from October to early November. It’s now set at Nov. 16, but just for delivery and carryout. He hopes he can open inside dining by early December.
It all depends on hiring. He needs 45 people and has just 22 so far...
...Ahlstrom-Munksjo (the former Thilmany paper mill), for example, recently put out the call for applicants for jobs starting at $19 an hour that don’t require experience......Full Story
Ken Notes: An interesting trend in light of the pandemic. For our industries finding skilled labor is even tougher. We need a program to work with high schools and tech schools to create a school to work transition that bring some of the skills we need into the workplace...
The home of the Packers will also be home to an expansive new event venue by January 2021. Resch Expo, a 125,000-square-foot, column-free exposition center, is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, adjacent Lambeau Field in the city’s entertainment district. Together with the existing Resch Center — which opened in 2002 and hosts events from concerts to trade shows — it will make up the new Resch Complex.
More than 700 hotel rooms and a dozen restaurants are within easy walking distance of the complex, complementing the city’s more than 4,500 total hotel rooms.
Design of the non-union Resch Expo is centered around natural light, as well as views of the iconic football stadium (though, the Green Bay Packers games will not host fans at home games until further notice, according to the Greater Green Bay CVB). The main floor has ticketing/check-in offices, pre-function space and concessions, all connected to an outdoor plaza.
Ken Notes: We are sure that our industries will make good use of these new facilities...
The backdrop for President Trump’s visit to Duluth, Minnesota, last week featured two powerful American symbols. Air Force One, a symbol of American leadership and strength, and three loaded logging trucks, personifying one of the nation’s most important agricultural products and the many hard-working small-business owners that make up the logging industry.
The forest products and logging sector was deemed critical during the COVID pandemic as the nation continued to rely on sustainably harvested timber to produce everything from home building materials to toilet paper. Logging has a rich American history going back to building the original settlements, ship building, and the expansion of railroads. Today it is no less important, with countless commodities produced from forest products used in every home and office.
Unfortunately, for many logging companies, the COVID pandemic has taken a heavy toll. Lumber and paper mills across the country have reduced or ceased production in response to drops in demand...
Ken Notes: Very interesting article. Please note for the record when we post opinion pieces they may not reflect our positions, we just feel we should share pertinent info on our industries.
On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) honored their recycling awards recipients at their Virtual 2020 Annual Members Meeting. The awards were digitally presented to the winners through Zoom. The annual awards program is designed to honor and recognize outstanding individuals, programs, and organizations around the country, both for their achievements, and to serve as a model and a resource for learning for NRC members.
“Green Bay Packaging is honored to be recognized as a leader and innovator for our recycling and diversion business practices and operations”, said Matt Szymanski, Vice President of Mill Operations. “We are grateful to be the recipient of the 2020 National Recycling Coalition OUTSTANDING BUSINESS LEADERSHIP award for our innovative cradle to cradle and closed-loop recycling achievements. We are proud of our team and the Green Bay community, for their support and commitment to sustainability.”
The Sustainable Packaging Coalition® congratulates the three winners of the 2020 SPC Innovator Awards. This annual award recognizes meaningful contributions and advancements towards more sustainable packaging in the following categories: Innovation in Responsible Sourcing, Innovation in Design Optimization, and Innovation in Recovery. A panel of judges, composed of SPC staff and Executive Committee members, selected the winners from twenty finalists that exemplify the creative and significant work done by industry to advance sustainable packaging...
Ahlstrom-Munksjö strengthens long-term strategy development and deepens its innovation and sustainability focus by extending the Group Executive Management Team.
Mikko Lankinen has been appointed Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development, and a member of the Group Executive Management Team as of October 28 2020. He reports to Hans Sohlström, President and CEO. Mikko is currently Chief Development Officer, Corporate Development. Robin Guillaud has been appointed Executive Vice President, Innovation, Sustainability and Communication, and a member of the Group Executive Management Team as of October 28 2020. He reports to Hans Sohlström, President and CEO. Robin is currently Vice President, Business Development, Filtration & Performance Solutions business area.
As announced in August, Anna Bergquist, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Sustainability and Innovation and a member of the Group Executive Management Team, has decided to leave the company. Anna is on parental leave during her remaining time of employment...
Retroflex builds printing presses with a lot of versatility! Retroflex, Inc. has taken several orders recently for one of their most versatile presses around. This press is used in line with blown film extruders, corrugators and laminators. It handles webs up to 132” (plus) and speeds up to 1800 FPM (plus). Customers are using them in the overnight shipping industry making air pillows and printing on envelopes. It is also used in the corrugated industry, preprint liner board ahead of laminating to the flutes of a corrugated box, i.e.: Amazon, Staples, Office Depot, Walmart as well as the beverage industry...
SCS Engineers crews will visit 12 landfills across the state to sort 400 municipal solid waste samples and visually characterize 640 construction and demolition waste loads. Results of the study will provide a planning tool for waste reduction and minimization efforts across the state.
SCS Engineers, Long Beach, California, began collecting and sorting samples of municipal solid waste at landfills across Wisconsin in September as part of a study aimed at better understanding what the state’s citizens are throwing in the trash.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources(DNR), results of the study will provide a planning tool for waste reduction and minimization efforts across the state, and when compared to prior studies conducted in 2003 and 2009, will help officials identify trends in waste and recycling....
Your one-stop shop for all things converting, Converters Expo: A Virtual Event, will be online and open for business 24-hours a day, 7 days a week through March 2021. Explore and connect with solution providers to help with your most challenging business needs and virtually network with hundreds of industry professionals.
Converters Expo aims to unite converters of paper, film, plastics, and nonwovens with industry buyers, specialists, and suppliers. It is the place to find manufacturing partners, here about out testing and prototyping equipment, find producers of disposables and learn the latest in flexo printing and packaging.
The Online event has been archived and is available for review now thru March 2021......Full Story
Eau Claire, Wis. – Cascades Tissue Group, a paper manufacturer in northwestern central Wisconsin, was selected by FOCUS ON ENERGY® to receive one of its 2020 Energy Efficiency Excellence Awards for its outstanding efforts to incorporate energy efficiency into its facility.
Focus on Energy’s Excellence Awards honor program participants who have shown a commitment to leading in energy efficiency. With utility provider Xcel Energy, Cascades first began working with Focus on Energy in the late 1990s. In 2015, the manufacturer performed an audit of its facility to determine its level of efficiency and what measures could be implemented to increase energy savings...
What is the Climate Pledge Friendly Program?
In 2019, Amazon co-founded The Climate Pledge, a commitment for their business to be net-zero carbon by 2040. To reduce or offset their carbon footprint in this timeline, Amazon is taking several steps, one of which is making it easier for consumers to discover and shop for more sustainable products.
Key takeaways:...Full Story
Ken Notes: Great read and an "in" to the Amazon giant.
Marty Notes: There are a number new innovations in packaging... and we need to watch for trends, partner with leaders and think Outside the Box. UW Stevens Point has a great program for paper and packaging research -- well worth checking out.
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5PNews is a weekly newsletter and website featuring positive stories on the industries in Wisconsin that helped build the State. Specifically Paper, Pulp, Printing, Packaging, and Plastic or the "5P`s".
Of course this also includes Flexo, Converting, Recycling, Forestry Management, manufacturing Equipment, and the hundreds of other businesses and industries in Wisconsin associated with our 5P`s. Alas that title would be long and confusing.
Our goal is to remind the decision makers in Wisconsin of the importance of our industry both historically and more importantly into the future. 5PNews.com will be sent to 2,000 Elected Officials and staff, Press Outlets, and Industry leaders each week. It is free to subscribe (supported by the sponsors).
Some notes on 5PNews, First you may want to add Editor@WisconsinDevelopment.com to your email contacts. Second, With Wisconsin in the center of the national spotlight, it becomes more difficult to find local articles about our industries -- bad news trumps good news (no pun intended), so if you have news to share send it to Marty at email@example.com. To contact me use Ken@Kenharwood.com. Finally our SUBSCRIBE link is now active.
The Publication is a joint effort of Marty Ochs with the Green Bay Innovation Group (GBIG) and Ken Harwood Editor and Publisher of Wisconsin Development News. Both Ken and Marty have been directly involved with our industries for decades.
Ken began his career with Kimberly-Clark, consulted with dozens of Fox Valley Companies and eventually became Mayor of Neenah Wisconsin before heading to Madison where he continues to advocate for Wisconsin businesses and communities. He is a journalist, cheerleader, and proponent for the companies that made Wisconsin what it is today. His other newsletters are read by 20,000+ people each week.
Ken notes, "Wisconsin can not forget the industries that built Wisconsin. We must continue to grow the businesses that we are known for while exploring new markets and innovation."
Marty Ochs founded GBIG to support Green Bay’s paper, packaging, printing, converting and support industries and has grown the effort to cover the local, state and national levels. Marty commented, "The impact and innovation of Green Bay’s paper and related industries often seems to go unrecognized, and we are going to change that."
Ochs grew up in Northeastern Wisconsin and began his career in the paper industry, so he felt determined to bring more recognition to the thriving paper field in Green Bay. With 40 years of experience in the paper and printing industries, Ochs set out to create a collaboration of Green Bay and now Wisconsin companies that would highlight and celebrate current innovation and new exciting innovations the industry is involved in....Full Story
Wisconsin & "Paper Mills" OR Pulp OR Printing OR Packaging OR Plastic OR Flexo OR Converting OR Recycling OR "Forest Management" OR "paper Manufacturing".
The economic recovery remained on track through the third quarter as macro data continues to improve and business and consumer confidence gains momentum. The unprecedented level of monetary and fiscal stimulus will continue to backstop economic growth in the foreseeable future.
Following the historic drop in GDP of -31.4% in the second quarter, we are likely to see a huge rebound in the neighborhood of 20-30% for the third quarter. The number of unemployed continued to fall in September with the rate dipping lower to 7.9%. Market returns were positive for the quarter, although less so than the major market rebound in Q2. Read the full report in our latest Quarterly Market Review. At the link...
Ken Notes: A lot of good data here especially in the area of GDP. This will impact the industry, but remember there are pockets of growth to be found in the carnage. Packaging is clearly one of these areas as well as personal protection and advancements in printing. Again a strong sector for the Wisconsin economy.
At first sight, specializing in the impossible doesn’t look like the best way to build a profitable long-term business. For Pennsylvania-based prepress house Imageworx, however, it’s a strategy that has proved highly successful for more than two decades.
To understand what achieving the impossible looks like, consider the winning entry of Imageworx in Miraclon’s Global Flexo Innovation Awards. ‘The Art of Magic’ postage stamps were notable for two remarkable ‘firsts’: they were the first US postal stamps ever printed flexo, and the first to exploit 3D micro optical printing. Unveiled in Las Vegas by the United States Postal Service — and world-famous magician David Copperfield — three of the stamps featured animated 3D effects, including a white rabbit popping out of a top hat...
...For print trials, Imageworx partners with flexo press manufacturer MPS, previously using the latter’s demonstration facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin. “The acid test of any new idea takes place on the press,” says Toepfer, “so understanding what happens in the pressroom is essential. The Art of Magic stamps are a good example: in pre-production trials at MPS we successfully ran the job at the 250-feet-per-minute speed the customer demanded.”......Full Story
Marty Notes: Remember Wisconsin leads the world in flexo printing and technologies. We are often the forgotten child, but are contributing much to the State economy and jobs....
In the greater Green Bay, Wis. metropolitan area, Brown County and its neighboring communities came together to collectively improve their recycling programs. They currently operate a regional MRF and collaborate on area-wide messaging.
Brown County has a population of about 265,000 residents and includes the city of Green Bay.
Wisconsin has had recycling-related legislation since 1993, when the state enacted a landfill ban on key recyclables, including certain fiber products, some plastics and glass containers. The legislation doesn’t dictate how those materials must be handled, just that they are banned from landfill disposal.
For years, Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago counties operated their own independent MRFs.
In 2009, the entire tri-county area switched to single-stream recycling programs, and as part of that change they closed all three MRFs and opened a new facility in Appleton, Wis. Now, the counties are joined together in a tri-county recycling partnership that covers a population of more than 500,000 people.......Full Story
ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- A Northeast Wisconsin-based company is being rebranded.
Fabio Perini North America of Ashwaubenon is one of the companies being rebranded by its parent company, the Körber Group. FPNA, which manufactures machines for converting and packaging toilet tissue rolls, kitchen towels and folded products, will be known as Körber.
"We have been proud to be a trusted leader in the tissue paper industry for over 40 years, and we are ready to get started on an exciting future ahead with our new singular, unifying brand as Körber,"" FPNA president Pete Augustine said in a news release. "Since 2001, Fabio Perini has been owned by Körber—and now the expanded innovative technological solutions and resources for our customers allow us to continue to lead the way under one global name."...Full Story
IP = Intangible assets associated with a company’s technological innovation, “brainpower” and good will.
If a company’s “intangible assets” meet certain criteria, the law gives the company legal protection. Three attributes: (1) intangible, (2) “right to exclude” and not an affirmative right, (3) personal property...
PDF Overview at the link......Full Story
Ken Notes: Great overview of IP laws! Download this for your files...
Please join us online for our second series of Landa Live. Come with us for an in-depth look at Landa’s specialized end-to-end solutions for the Food, Pharmaceuticals, Health & Beauty and Online Printing vertical markets. We’ll demonstrate how Nanography® fits seamlessly into your existing business and how it can help you respond to your specific challenges. Learn why, with Landa, printing will never be the same again for you and your customers.
The paper industry has faced a lot of challenges over the years, but as the world becomes more conscious of the environmental impact of manufacturing, waste management might be the biggest.
Luckily, the Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has unveiled a major breakthrough relating to the paper manufacturing process, and it has dual benefits.
According to the lab, they’ve uncovered a new process that can convert a toxic byproduct of paper processing, providing an alternative to burning the waste generated by pulping. And that’s not the best of it: the environmentally-friendly conversion process actually winds up creating a valuable chemical that can be used in the production of nylon...
On September 24, 2020, Spa Holdings 3 Oy (the “Offeror“) announced that it will make a voluntary public cash tender offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares in Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj (“Ahlstrom-Munksjö” or the “Company“) that are not held by Ahlstrom-Munksjö or any of its subsidiaries (the “Shares“) (the “TenderOffer“).
The Board of Directors of the Company (the “Ahlstrom-Munksjö Board“) has decided to issue the statement below regarding the Tender Offer as required by the Finnish Securities Markets Act. ..
Ken Notes: Full Statement at link...
Primex Plastics Corporation, the leader in custom extruded plastic sheet and roll products for thermoforming, fabrication and printing, is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Priewe to the position of territory business manager for portions of Wisconsin and Illinois including the Milwaukee and Chicago metropolitan areas.
The report highlights the company’s progress towards its 2025 and 2038 sustainability goals, key performance indicators, recycling advancements and recent awards.
Waste Management (WM), Houston, released its 2020 Sustainability Report on Oct. 13. The report highlights the company’s progress towards its 2025 and 2038 sustainability goals, key performance indicators, recycling advancements and recent awards.
The 2020 Sustainability Report, which is available as an interactive website and PDF, details progress on important issues and annual updates. Complementing the report, a new Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Resource Hub provides access to data related to performance, policies and initiatives. Relevant updates and an archive of past reports are available within the ESG Resource Hub....
...The report’s interactive microsite invites visitors to see how WM collects, processes and manages waste....
La Crosse, Wis. — Inland Packaging is pleased to share that they have been awarded Packaging Materials Supplier of the Year by Molson Coors Beverage Company (MCBC). Winners were announced at Molson Coors’ virtual event on October 8th.
In years past, Molson Coors Procurement held its annual Supplier Recognition Awards event at corporate headquarters, but this year it was held virtually. The purpose of the event is to recognize the excellence of Molson Coors’ most valued suppliers. Inland was one of the suppliers that were honored for exemplary performance in key strategic categories....
GREEN BAY - Employment has been growing, but still many people are seeking jobs in the wake of widespread unemployment as the coronavirus took hold of Wisconsin early this year.
Preliminary data places August`s unemployment rate at 6.2%. That`s less than half of what it was in April, but still double March`s pre-pandemic unemployment rate of 3.1%.
Some businesses say they are still hiring. If you or someone you know needs work, here`s a roundup of some hiring businesses in the area. They include manufacturing, retail, health care and teaching jobs. If you would like a job posting to be added, email firstname.lastname@example.org....
Notes: Several from the 5P`s including Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Heartland Label Printers, Kimberly-Clark, ProAmpac, Great Northern Corp, Amcor among others...
MADISON, Wis. – Gov. Tony Evers has proclaimed the third week in October (Oct. 18-24, 2020) as Forest Products Week. The week recognizes the people who work in and care for our forests, the businesses that create forest products and the many ways forest products contribute to our lives.
“Forest products contribute $24.3 billion annually to the state’s economy,” Collin Buntrock, forest products team leader with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said. “Additionally, our forests directly provide more than 63,000 jobs for Wisconsin residents with a payroll of $4.2 billion. In fact, forestry is the number one employer in seven counties, and every forestry job supports 1.7 additional jobs in the state.”
Ken Notes:I hope the Governor and others read the proclamation! 24.3 Billion and 63,000 jobs!!!
The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $27 million in funding for 12 projects that will support the development of advanced plastics recycling technologies and new plastics that are recyclable-by-design. As part of DOE’s Plastics Innovation Challenge, these projects will also help improve existing recycling processes that break plastics into chemical building blocks, which can then be used to make new products.
The BOTTLE: Bio-Optimized Technologies to Keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment funding opportunity is jointly funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office and Advanced Manufacturing Office....
Ken Notes: Nice to see UW Madison on the list...
Recycling association says definitions of high-purity ferrous scrap and reprocessed plastic grades could follow those for nonferrous metals.
The Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) says the government of China is making progress in creating “quality standards for mechanically recycled secondary raw materials.”
For several years, various agencies in China’s government, including its Ministry of Ecology and the Environment (MEE) and its General Administration of Customs (GACC), have focused on restrictions placed on what it often refers to as “foreign garbage” that it classifies as waste...
...In an interview to be broadcast as part of the Oct. 20-22 Paper & Plastics Recycling International Conference, Adina Renee Adler, a vice president with the Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), cites such definitions and standards in China, Indonesia and elsewhere as a trend...
Ken Notes: A must read for those in the recycling business. China once took almost any grade of paper and other materials, now they want a much higher quality "processed" product...
Marty Notes: China has now purchased several pulp operations in the US including at least two in Wisconsin. The new normal will be to produce clean pulp and ship that rather than taking bulk waste. Note a previous article above notes that China is developing new standards for materials they will accept moving forward...
Kaleidaprint has started printing personalized gift wrap in Little Chute WI, via their new ecommerce site, www.kaleidaprint.com KaleidaPrint is an online retail brand, and a division of Resource One International, LLC. Resource One International, LLC, along with sister company Waldan Paper Services, LLC have serviced the paper and print markets for nearly 40 years.
At Kaleidaprint we understand that giving a gift is a way to show someone that you care, and we’re providing our customers an opportunity to make that gesture even more special with truly unique gift wrap. With close to 50 different designs (and more being added each month), Kaleidaprint allows its users to add photos and text to base patterns to create custom gift wrap for every occasion....
Ken Notes: This is a brilliant use of new technologies at a price point that is very reasonable. I actually am buying a couple of rolls for Christmas...
Marty Notes: GBIG will be closely following these new packaging and imaging technologies. If you have an idea or product give me a call. Note the GBIC paper, we thought beer was fitting...
08 Oct 2020 --- Cargill and renewable energy company Virent are working together to evaluate the use of Cargill’s corn dextrose as a feedstock for Virent’s BioForming technology, producing raw material for packaging solutions. The companies are demonstrating this technology’s applicability in upcycling waste streams from any plant source.
“Virent has looked at agricultural wastes such as corn stover (along with sugar cane bagasse, sugar beets and more) as feedstocks for this process,” Dave Kettner, Virent president, tells PackagingInsights....
Coalition of major retailers tackles global waste problem of plastic shopping bags
Hy-Vee has teamed up with fellow food and drug retailers to help reduce plastic waste by joining the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag as a supporting partner.
The coalition, launched over the summer, was founded to test options to the single-use plastic shopping bag now used by mass retailers nationwide. CVS Health, Target and Walmart are the consortium’s founding partners, while The Kroger Co. serves as the group’s grocery sector lead partner. Walgreens participates as a supporting partner, and investment firm Closed Loop Partners serves as managing partner. Dick’s Sporting Goods takes part as sports and outdoor retailer sector lead partner...
Ken Notes: We may want a seat at the table, as the outcome will effect our industry.
A new center for a major distributor of shipping, packaging and industrial supplies is one step closer to arriving in Collier County.
Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved an agreement with Uline Corp. for the construction of a regional distribution center near the county`s new amateur sports complex.
"Really, this is more than exciting...," Commissioner Penny Taylor said shortly before the vote, addressing a company executive. "We really look forward to you coming here."
The Wisconsin-based company plans to build a nearly 1 million-square-foot regional distribution facility west of the sports complex, which is located east of Collier Boulevard and north of Interstate 75...
Ken Notes:We want to keep 5PNews a "Brief" read but also do not want to miss anything so here are a few that we thought you should at least know about...
Several good articles at the link including...
Graphic-paper producers: Boosting resilience amid the COVID-19 crisis
Beyond COVID-19: The next normal for packaging design
...And More... ...Full Story
The Green Bay Innovation has confirmed our new Board of Directors:
Steve Van Dyke – President
Karl Beese – Director
Legacy Flexo, Inc.
Brian Simons – Director
The Karma Group, Inc.
Lisa Reynolds – Director
Reynolds Packaging, Inc.
AJ Buran – Director
GOpak Flexible Packaging
Bryson Machonga – Director
First Business Bank
Two major industry groups are promoting packaging fees on product makers to support recycling infrastructure development, a shift one recycling facility operator described as a “historical moment.”
The Recycling Partnership on Sept. 29 released “Accelerating Recycling,” a policy document outlining a proposal that includes fees paid by brands and packaging producers – this money would be earmarked for residential recycling infrastructure and education.
“Accelerating Recycling” also goes into details on a per-ton disposal fee that could be required at landfills, incinerators and waste-to-energy plants, with the revenue going to local governments for recycling programs. That surcharge would come in addition to current tip fees at those disposal sites...
Ken Notes: I served on Wisconsin`s recycling committee 20 years ago and this was seen as the best, but at that time unattainable, solution. We can also impose a slightly higher packaging tax on imports.
The Town of Lawrence planning and zoning commission opposes a large warehouse project for Georgia-Pacific.
Members voted 3-2 against the plans.
The 1 million square foot warehouse would be along Highway F, just west of I-41. Products made at the new Georgia-Pacific plant in Green Bay would be sent there.
The full Lawrence Town Board is expected to vote on the project later this month...
Ken Notes: If you know anyone on the Lawrence Town Board, give them a call or send a note - their emails are at the link...
Marty Notes: GBIG has sent a brief note supporting the project to the Town board members and encourages individual member to do likewise.
By Gary A. Jones, director, EHS Affairs, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association
Despite what many may think, the concept of sustainability is not new and has been evolving for decades. To some extent, the roots of sustainability were born with the conservation movement that was spearheaded by President Teddy Roosevelt, who worked hard to establish the national parks system. Since then, the focus of sustainability has grown to encompass an examination of just about all aspects of daily life and a search to find approaches, products and services that have a positive impact on the planet.
Sustainability background and emergence of the circular economy
Modern sustainability emerged in the mid to late 1980...
A "PDF" of the entire presentation
Green Bay Innovation Group Presents Upcoming Webinar:
Jim Koronkiewicz / BPM INC.
Exploring Innovations in Specialty Paper:
Alternative Pulp Sources, Non-traditional Markets & Achieving Sustainability
A leading manufacturer of specialty and converted materials for the packaging, food service, and confectionery industries, manufacturing 100% post consumer fine printing papers.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö advances into the North American customized digital printing market, and launches Ahlstrom-Munksjö WallStar® Digital, its new portfolio of fiber-based solutions for digital printing applications.
Demand for customized digital printing is growing, led by changing consumer demand, where personalization is extremely important. Digitally printed wall coverings can be used to change a room quickly, whilst at the same time add impact through use of personalized designs. Environmental aspects are also of high importance, as consumers in North America become more aware of sustainability and the type of materials they wish to use. Consequently, digital printers are looking for PVC free media which allows printing in small, unique, personalized quantities...
WallStar® Digital is a directly printable, PVC free, nonwoven portfolio from Ahlstrom-Munksjö, delivering benefits for both printers and end users. For printers, the portfolio delivers media with high dimensional stability and excellent printability. Media is fully compatible with Latex, UV, and laserjet printers. For end users the media is PVC free, has a luxurious touch and is simple to install and remove. Facilitating change and use of new designs....
Ken Notes: A website for the actual product is here...
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MADISON – Starting Oct. 5, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Reforestation Program will accept seedling orders from Wisconsin forest landowners for trees and shrubs to be planted in spring of 2021.
Seedlings grown at the state nurseries are used for reforestation and conservation plantings on private, industrial and state/county forest lands. A minimum order consists of a packet of 300 trees or shrubs of the landowner’s choosing in increments of 100 of each species, or 500 shrubs or 1,000 tree seedlings. Seedlings can also be purchased by youth groups and educational organizations for their reforestation and conservation planting projects.Forest landowners can order using the online form found on the DNR website or by printing the order form and mailing it to the Griffith Nursery, 473 Griffith Ave., Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494. Customers may also contact the reforestation staff or their local DNR forester for personal assistance. Printed copies of the order form are also available; call a local forester or nursery for details. ...Full Story
Ken Notes: You may want to partner with a group and do a planting next spring if you have the land, this makes for a great photo op and is good public relations....
Top sales innovators are embedding data and technology throughout their organizations to reimagine sales. Here’s how they do it
Sales has always been a “sensing” organization, attuned to changes in customer sentiment, shifts in demand, and the requirements of different buying stages. But those senses are being flooded as customers shift to digital engagement, leaving sellers with more channels to cover and more interactions to manage....Full Story
The pandemic has amplified these challenges, exposing weaknesses in existing sales models and gaps in digital readiness. In many ways, this data revolution in sales matches what happened to marketing departments three to five years ago, when they were forced to reorient their functions to be more analytically driven. With more data flowing in from nontraditional sources such as video calls and webinars—few of which are captured by current sales processes—understanding which customers to focus on, what they care about, and how they want to engage can often feel like a guessing game....
Driven by the global focus on sustainability and virtually limitless decorating and finishing possibilities, the folding carton market is forecast to grow to nearly $150 billion by 2024 (a $40 billion growth over 2018). Rising volumes are expected across all market segments, with food and beverage continuing to dominate. Another strong market for folding cartons is cannabis and CBD products. “For these brands, having packaging as green as the products they contain is of the utmost importance,” said Irene Richard, senior product manager, Neenah® folding board and cover materials at Neenah, a supplier of paper, folding board and other paper-based packaging.
Growing demand for embellishments.....
Food, Beverage & Packaging live events include CPX20: Cannabis Products Exchange, Membrane Technology Forum, Converters Expo, Global Pouch Forum, Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo, New Products Conference, The Beverage Forum, Food Safety Summit, BevOps Fleet Summit and Kettle Awards.
The Beverage Forum - 10/15/20 to 10/16/20 - Swissotel Chicago - Chicago, IL
Food Safety Summit 10/19/20 to 10/22/20 - Convention Center - Rosemont, IL
More Events at the link.......Full Story
The acquisition expands Green Bay Packaging’s presence in Ohio and the surrounding areas....Full Story
GREEN BAY, Wis. — September 15, 2020 — Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) has been selected as a recipient of the Innovation Award, one of the key categories of the Label Industry Global Awards 2020.
PCMC received the award for its recent introduction of the Meridian Elite laser anilox cleaner. The Meridian Elite holds a patent for its brand-new laser technology, which eliminates hot spots and offers the fastest cleaning cycles in the industry, making the device more efficient for printers and converters. Additionally, the Meridian Elite is the first and only cleaner that utilizes a cloud-based database. After a roll is cleaned, the information is logged into the roll inventory database and can be accessed locally or in the cloud via an interactive roll reporting dashboard.
Most companies have at least heard of the concept of using Lean Principles as a methodology to improve processes and ultimately financial performance. Many of those companies have chosen to “use Lean” in their business, only to look back with disappointment, and even going as far to terminate employees “responsible for Lean”, for their failure to deliver. They embark on hiring a 6 Sigma Black Belt or two and tell them to go do it. They continue to do what they have always done in their job and wait for the money to come rolling in.
Roughly 50% of SPL Consulting, LLC.’s clients have tried Lean in the past and failed to sustain it. The question is why did they fail? There are cases where the individual tasked with implementation was either unqualified or incapable of leading a change effort of this magnitude. Often, however, when the leader is pointing the finger at the individual, they don’t recognize, three more fingers are pointing back at THEM....
By Susan Stansbury, Industry ConsultantDid we ever think that this bastion of nonwovens applications would be so backlogged that store shelves are empty, and buyers are seeking any means to find them? That’s the status of wet wipes, especially sanitizing and antibacterial wipes. At the same time, did we ever imagine a pandemic that would call for a higher level of cleanliness to fight a new viral threat?
Today pandemic anxiety continues. Schools and sporting activities are opened, and sometimes later closed. Travelers pack up their sanitizers and find out which states (or nations) have rules for entering “their” borders. Hotels tout their updated protocols. Those planning to fly study which airlines are more restrictive. People venturing out to eat may choose outdoor terraces where wipes canisters sit at the entrance, or tableside.///
As consumers look to wipes to protect from Covid-19, ingredient quality cannot be ignored
While hustling to produce wet wipes that address the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s as important that producers address quality and clarity. The labels that users rely on can confuse, or even mislead. Consequences of mis-labeled products may also render them mis-used. Just as many users do not understand the differences between KN95 and N95 masks, which filter at different levels, the difference between cleansing and sanitizing wipes is also important....Full Story
Nuances in understanding what claims are made affect the level of confidence applicable to fighting against the Covid-19 virus. Many wet wipes are said to kill 99.99% of many common bacteria. According to Mindy Costello, Registered Environmental Health Sanitarian and NSF International’s Consumer Product Certification Specialist...
Ken Notes: We may want to create a "Kills Covid" label for our products....
MFA-Linn was recently awarded $10,000 to purchase a baler to be used for compressing agriculture plastic wrap waste left from hay bales.
Organizers say this is a first of its kind project in the state of Missouri. Finding a way to recycle the material would keep farmers from burning or burying the plastic wrap (the other available disposal methods).
Lelande Rehard from Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District was critical in identifying this opportunity from observing a similar project underway with dairy producers in Wisconsin. Rehard provided technical guidance throughout 2019 to help steer efforts in submitting a winning grant application through the Department of Natural Resources...
Ken Notes: Curious to see if any of our readers have an idea for this plastic. There is a lot of it and some grant money to help recycle it.
As the Verso mill in Wisconsin Rapids stands indefinitely idled and the community waits for news about its future, Verso’s president and CEO has stepped down.
Adam St. John resigned from his role as president, CEO and a member of the company’s board of directors effective Wednesday, the company announced Thursday morning.
Randy Nebel, a member of the board will serve as interim president and CEO and will continue his role on the board of directors. The board will start searching for a permanent president and CEO and will use a national executive search firm to help find qualified candidates...
In competitive global markets where consumer brands must innovate to stand out on shelves, innovative packaging is in high demand.
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Example of Great Lakes Veneer`s Naturís™ product –
real wood veneer paper prime for product labels and packaging (Photo:
Great Lakes Veneer)
Ken Notes: This looks pretty interesting. I love the idea of a package that you may want to keep.
Those in the industry know that print runs for most everything have become shorter, including many applications for folding cartons. Today, carton runs have been affected by companies having the ability to digitally print short-run cartons as well – meaning carton runs for many applications are becoming shorter and shorter.
No matter how short or long a run for a folding carton project is, in most cases, it must go on a folder-gluer before the final packaging of the product. The folding/gluing process can be meticulous and time consuming, so any type of pre-planning and preparation before the carton reaches the machine is extremely important. PostPress reached out to Kevin Koplin and Shawn Rogers from American International Machinery and asked them to share some tips for working with smaller carton runs, including how to keep makereadies and set-up times to a minimum.
Marty Ochs suggests that Folding/Gluing has to incorporate new digital printing capabilities with new advanced technology for short run cartons and other packaging products!
Ken Notes: Great insights in this market segment...
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is urging the Verso Corporation to consider the impact of the sale of its Wisconsin Rapids mill on all the people in North Central Wisconsin, according to a news release.
Officials say the facility directly supports more than 900 workers in the region, as well as thousands of workers and many small businesses throughout Wisconsin.
The Verso pulp and paper mill has been idled since July 31 as Verso seeks a buyer, according to a news release. The mill has been producing paper since 1904. The news release states that Wisconsin has lost over 20 paper mills and one-third of its paper mill jobs in the last 20 years. Officials say a report by the University of Wisconsin estimates more than 1,600 indirect job losses and statewide-economic losses of more than $250 million annually if the Wisconsin Rapids mill were to close...
Marty Ochs: I started my career at Consolidated Paper, Inc. I understand the importance of the paper mill in Wisconsin Rapids. It is a tremendous opportunity for the mill especially with the world class converting capabilities. We need to think outside the box and come up with solutions for this facility!
Ken Notes: Nice to see this is on the radar screen, and 5PNews.com can help. Lets try and make sure this is a bipartisan non political issue. We all need this mill up and running...
A recent Cap Times commentary by Spencer Black sang the praises of Wisconsin prairies and prairie restoration. Thank you, Spencer — I heartily agree! But as public and private land managers are influenced to opt for prairie/savanna restoration, there is an interesting perspective to add: Forests are OK, too.
In much of this region, prairies and oak savannas were the most abundant ecosystem prior to European settlement. They were kept in place by fires, often set by Native American intervention. Ecological restoration of prairies and oak savannas sustains numerous plant and animal species that were recently at risk. Prairies and savannas offer marvelous places to enjoy nature...
Ken Notes: We agree and suggest that forest management state wide is important. Our industries can work well together with DNR and other forest management entities to promote fire safety, regrowth, and managed harvesting.
BAYFIELD, Wisconsin — When a major U.S. paper producer decided over the summer to shut two of its plants, citing the drop in demand for paper amid the coronavirus pandemic, it sent reverberations through a region that is highly reliant on its timber industry.
The sudden move by Verso Corp. affected thousands of jobs in Minnesota and its neighbor Wisconsin, where it also cut off revenue that was keeping many of the state`s counties afloat.
"Twenty-five percent of the pulpwood Wisconsin produced went to that one mill alone," said Henry Schienebeck, executive director of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association...
Our research indicates what consumers will continue to value as the coronavirus crisis evolves.
Anyone who has hosted a game night over video chat or ordered groceries to be delivered at home for the first time understands how profoundly the COVID-19 crisis has changed our behavior as consumers. But which of these changes will stick? We see several that are key:...Full Story
Ken Notes: Great insight into where we are headed and how we can help. Some of this will be a permanent change even after Covid.
ND Packaging, a subsidiary of ND Paper, Inc. is growing in the Village of Mount Pleasant, WI. Last year, ND Paper purchased a 350,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility for $15.5 million, and is making an additional investment of more than $30 million for renovations and equipment. The company plans to create up to 40 jobs at the location.
“We chose Racine County not only because of their established reputation of being a welcoming business community, but also because of the people on the local level and the relationships established,” said John Parent, ND Packaging General Manager. “We are excited for the future of the company in this region and the ability to create employment opportunities for the people here.”...
Ken Notes: This is an interesting development, Nine Dragons is now making packaging in the US to ship back to China to then ship back to the US. In the past China bought our recycled bulk paper to make packaging back in China. We will continue to follow this and welcome ND to the Wisconsin community...
Kimberly Clark Corp Profits Rise on Higher Prices
When Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) hiked prices by more than five percent to offset rising commodity costs, something unexpected happened: shoppers barely noticed.
Kimberly Clark Corp’s unit volumes actually increased two percentage points during the second quarter as most people stocked up on “Huggies” diapers and “Cottonelle” bathroom tissue. Driven by the combination of higher prices and steady demand, Kimberly’s first-quarter sales and profit crushed analysts’ expectations, sending shares to fresh all-time highs. (Source: “Kimberly-Clark Announces Second Quarter 2020 Results,” Kimberly Clark Corp, July 23, 2020.)...
Ken Notes: Go figure???
The report explores the sea change underway as four key drivers – market forces, recent innovations, changing policy and groundbreaking partnerships – push circularity forward
New York, Sept 24 – Today, Closed Loop Partners’ innovation center, the Center for the Circular Economy, announced the release of its timely report, The Circular Shift: Four Key Drivers of Circularity in North America. The report highlights critical trends driving circularity in the region, putting circular economy solutions at the center of business strategy, innovation development, policy changes, and new institutional partnerships.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources did not seek money for remediation of toxic chemicals related to human health issues in its latest budget ask from the state.
According to the recently filed budget request for 2021 through 2023, the agency did not seek any money for PFAS remediation, testing or investigations. The budget request shows a 0.3% increase in funding, though Gov. Tony Evers has asked agencies to cut their budgets since the coronavirus pandemic began...
Ken Notes: With 50 Million of money set aside for property acquisition there may be opportunities to transfer some holdings to the state...
Milford, Ohio – TLMI announces that the association has become a signatory of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Green Tier Charter Program. The Green Tier Charter is for superior environmental performance within the printing industry and is a collective that includes the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA), Great Lakes Graphics Association, Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), and TLMI. Participating entities believe that implementing the Green Tier law with printing operations through the Charter will produce environmental results beyond what is likely under existing regulatory programs...
Ken Notes:Green Tier is fairly attainable for well managed businesses, just a thought.
The Great Lakes Graphics Association (GLGA) revealed the top winners of their 2020 Graphics Excellence Awards (GEAs) during a Virtual Celebration on Sept. 23, 2020.
The Celebration is the culmination of the annual GEAs competition, which recognizes companies throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin for superb craftsmanship in the design, creation and production of outstanding printed projects they produce for their customers. This year, in lieu of in-person ceremonies, the winners were honored at an online Celebration....
Ken Notes: Wisconsin was well represented among the winners, congrats to all...
Menomonie, Wis. — Before COVID-19, Sarah Webber, Brandon Nitz and Austin Skoug were looking forward to 2020 industry co-op positions to help them test their knowledge as packaging majors at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Somewhat to their surprise, they will end the year having achieved their goal and so much more, not the least of which is learning that growth often comes from unexpected challenge.
Despite COVID-19, the three students were still able to experience their co-ops on-site at companies in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Because of COVID-19, they have learned firsthand the importance of packaging in our lives...
The offer announcement came just a day after Amazon announced $1,000 sign-on bonuses for jobs in the same area.
Just a day after Amazon announced a $1,000 signing bonus for 800 warehouse positions it’s looking to fill in Southeast Wisconsin, Uline greatly upped the ante....Full Story
Pleasant Prairie, WI-based Uline — a distributor of shipping, industrial and packaging supplies — announced Sept. Tuesday that it is offering sign-on bonuses of $6,000 and starting wages of $23 per hour for 60 warehouse positions the company is looking to fill in Pleasant Prairie and Kenosha, WI, as well as Hudson, MN on the northwest Wisconsin border.
Round of 16 Voting – Sept. 22-27
You can vote in each matchup below! Simply select the product you think is the Coolest, and click “Vote Now!”
You can vote once per day, so please come back tomorrow to get your favorite products into the Top 8!
Ken Notes: Can we help a brother out! Vote today. A couple of our companies are still in the running...
Pewaukee, Wis. – The Great Lakes Graphics Association (GLGA) will hold a virtual Graphics Excellence Awards (GEAs) Celebration on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
The Virtual Celebration is the culmination of the annual GEAs competition, which recognizes companies throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin for superb craftsmanship in the design, creation and production of outstanding printed projects they produce for their customers. The free live-streaming event will be held on the afternoon of the 23rd so more members of the winning companies can participate and share in the accolades....
...To register for the GEAs Virtual Celebration, visit www.glga.info...
Ken Notes: More outstanding videos at the link...
“The book’s design is beautiful but look at the production values – it’s basically falling apart.”Designers always want to know what is fresh and impactful – trends are indeed an essential part of design – from typography to logos to the big reveal of Pantone’s Color of the Year. It is vital for designers, printers and finishers to maintain a working knowledge of what is currently trending, especially when it comes to out of the box designs and styles. For example, exposed binding for things like event programs and booklets currently is very much on trend. But, for those who are unaware of the trend, it could mistakenly be dismissed as bad craftsmanship...
Marty Notes: Get your products noticed!!!
Mohawk Paper, which has a long history of working toward sustainable manufacturing of fine papers, has introduced its Renewal line of papers. It is using hemp and straw fibers in two paper lines, with 30% hemp or straw content. Even more interesting is its 100% cotton fiber Renewal paper. Senior Vice President of Marketing & Creative explains how the line came about and its contribution to Mohawk`s sustainability footprint...
Ken Notes: Lets not get political here. We need to make sure Wisconsin forests are not at risk. It has been a long time since we had a major fire in Wisconsin. We need to work with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, DNR, owners and more to keep the record going.
Demand for most types of paper has plummeted, hurting jobs and public funds in Wisconsin, the country’s largest producer
BAYFIELD, Wisconsin, Sept 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a major U.S. paper producer decided over the summer to shut two of its plants, citing the drop in demand for paper amid the coronavirus pandemic, it sent reverberations through a region that is highly reliant on its timber industry....Full Story
The sudden move by Verso Corporation affected thousands of jobs in Minnesota and its neighbor Wisconsin, where it also cut off revenue that was keeping many of the state`s counties afloat.
"Twenty-five percent of the pulpwood Wisconsin produced went to that one mill alone," said Henry Schienebeck, executive director of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association (GLTPA).
"We`ve seen some mill closures for the last 10 to 15 years, but we`ve never had one that took this much wood."...
Ken Notes: Like I said, we need to jump start this industry.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Throughout its history, the paper mill along the rapids of the Wisconsin River was more than just a factory.
It has, of course, been first and foremost an economic engine and a job creator, and in that role, it became the foundation for a city once known as Grand Rapids on the east and Centralia on the west.
But the story of what`s now known as the Verso mill is also one of perseverance, innovation, creativity and community connections that go well beyond its walls or the millions of tons of paper produced in the mill`s 126 years....
Ken Notes: You Must Read This One! We can and must get this mill reopened. As you can see above it can be done. We want to thank the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune for their wonderful reporting on this mill for 126 years...
A northern Wisconsin paper mill that shut down last year and struggled to find a buyer is back in operation and calling back workers.
It`s been a bumpy year and a half for the Park Falls paper mill that operated for decades as Flambeau River Papers.
In May 2019, its company went into receivership, which is similar to bankruptcy, and its owner put it up for sale. The next month, the mill abruptly closed, laying off about 180 workers. But in July 2019 it reached a deal that allowed it to call many of those workers back and resume production. That lasted until the fall, when an effort to find a buyer for the mill fell through. The mill was idle all winter, and most of this year.
"The perception was it was done last November," said Park Falls Mayor Michael Bablick. "It was going to get scrapped. That was what we all assumed. We were preparing for that internally at the city."...
...That changed when an entrepreneur from New Jersey, Yong Liu, bought the mill. The new company, Park Falls Industrial Management, will operate the mill under the name Park Falls Pulp and Paper. ...
Ken Notes: Welcome Back!
Efficient laser anilox cleaner eliminates hot spots and incorporates smart featuresGREEN BAY, Wis. — April 22, 2020 — Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry-Wehmiller, was selected as a recipient of the prestigious 2020 FTA Technical Innovation Award for the second year in a row. Recognizing PCMC’s recently introduced Meridian Elite laser anilox cleaner, the award was presented during Virtual FORUM 2020.
The Meridian Elite holds a patent for its brand-new laser technology, which eliminates hot spots and offers the fastest cleaning cycles in the industry, making the device more efficient for printers and converters. Additionally, the Meridian Elite is the first and only cleaner that utilizes a cloud-based database. After a roll is cleaned, the information is logged into the roll inventory database and can be accessed locally or in the cloud via an interactive roll reporting dashboard.
It’s a bit of an understatement to say that health concerns are currently driving consumer behaviors and purchases in today’s marketplace.
Research conducted by Paris-based Ipsos in July showed that 85% of consumers are concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the Washington, D.C.-based International Food Information Council, that same percentage of consumers (85%) reported that they’ve changed the way they eat or prepare food in the wake of the pandemic....
...Consumer Packaging Put to Good (Re)UseIndustry insights back up the potential for reusable and/or refillable packages with a consumer base that remains engaged with the goal of greater sustainability. A report from New York-based CB Insights identified reusable packaging as one of 15 growing trends across the food, beverage and household essentials market in 2020.
According to research from the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, one-third of product and packaging companies said that they’re testing durable packages for reuse....
See Also:...Full Story
Ken Notes: This trend will effect us all... Great links in the story...
Wisconsin book printer hiring for production positions to meet demand for children’s books for at-home learning and entertainment
Stevens Point, Wis. – Worzalla, an employee-owned company specializing in printing high-quality children’s books, movie tie-in books and cookbooks, announced it is hiring for 35 open positions at its facility in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Worzalla cites an increased demand for books during the coronavirus pandemic for the need to hire additional associates.
What do you think is the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin?
The first round of voting will take place from Monday, Sept. 14 at 9am to Sunday, Sept. 20 at 5pm.
How to Vote:
Ken Notes: Several items from our industries. Make sure you vote!
Associated Labels and Packaging (Coquitlam, British Columbia) has installed Canada’s – and the world’s – first Ares 400-SUP Pouch Machine from bag-converting equipment manufacturer Hudson-Sharp, part of the Paper Converting Machine Company (Green Bay, Wisconsin).
The first global installation of Hudson-Sharp’s newest narrow model Stand-Up Pouch (SUP) machine will provide Associated Labels and Packaging with additional capacity, support the company’s growth into new markets, facilitate faster changeovers, and produce recycle-ready structures with low scrap rates.
“We are extremely happy with our new Ares Pouch Machine,” said Kyle Vleeming, Flexible Division Manager at Associated Labels and Packaging. “We chose to purchase an Ares because of its ability to tackle short runs and its recyclable SUP technology. Hudson-Sharp’s history with manufacturing machines that can run poly stand-up pouches with ease was also a deciding factor.”...Full Story
ATLANTA, Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia-Pacific announced today that it is now accepting mixed paper bales that contain single-use polyethylene (PE)-coated paper cups at its recycled paper mills in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Muskogee, Oklahoma. The development follows two years of partnership with the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) and collaboration with the NextGen Consortium, a global initiative led by Closed Loop Partners with founding partners Starbucks and McDonald`s, to help open opportunities for paper cup recycling.
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DUNN COUNTY, Wis. (RELEASE) -The Dunn County Solid Waste & Recycling Division will be ending all of its trash and recycling operations and services after December 31, 2020.
This is due to recent decisions by the municipal officials of 26 member municipalities to withdraw from the County’s programs because of proposed costs. The municipalities will instead seek to establish their own Responsible Unit status with the State of Wisconsin, and arrange for their own recycling and disposal services for their residents.......Full Story
Ken Notes: Here is what can happen if we can not create markets for recyclables.
Lego said Tuesday that it will stop using plastic bags inside its boxed sets and replace them with paper ones.
The Danish toymaker said it will start making the switch next year and expects plastic bags to be completely phased out in the next five years. The bags are used to hold loose bricks in boxed sets.
Lego, as well as other big brands, have been looking for ways to cut plastic use in order to please customers increasingly worried about how their purchases impact the environment. Monopoly maker Hasbro, for example, has also announced plans to eliminate plastics in its packaging.
Among the environmental issues posed by plastic is that it doesn’t disintegrate. Instead, it breaks down into tiny pieces that can be eaten by birds or other wildlife, endangering their health.
Ken Notes: Interesting, we will follow this one...
LAWRENCE - Georgia-Pacific LLC has revised its site plan for a 1.1 million-square-foot warehouse to remove truck traffic from County F in response to nearby residents` concerns.
The company has asked the town to rezone roughly 90 acres of agricultural land north of Little Rapids Drive that stretches from County F to Mid Valley Drive. It wants to build a large warehouse that will allow it to consolidate five existing warehouses spread across the Green Bay area...
Several curbside recyclables grades have enjoyed notable price increases this month, including OCC, mixed paper, UBCs, HDPE and PP.
The national average price for corrugated containers (PS 11) is up marginally again this month, at an average of $60 per ton, compared to $57 per ton last month. The OCC grade was trading for about $27 per ton one year ago and at a high of $180 in July 2017.
Sorted residential papers (PS 56) are up again by 16%. They are now averaging $38 per ton, compared with nearly $33 per ton last month and negative $2 one year ago.
Mixed paper (PS 54) is also up, at an average price of $18 per ton, compared with $13 per ton last month.
Sorted office papers (PS 37) are down again. They are now trading at $91 per ton, compared with an average of $103 per ton last month.
Ken Notes: With China no longer taking paper, it is nice to see a little motivation to market these products again. A lot of this material was being landfilled because there was not enough income to justify the processing. We need to continue to promote that paper is one of the most recycled post consumer products out there....
September 2, 2020
FROM: Phil Milazzo
RE: Announcement for Award of State of Wisconsin Paper Bid
On July 3, 2020 Steen Macek Paper, a member of GBIG, was awarded the State of Wisconsin Paper Bid. The bid pertains to Printing Grades, Roll Stock, and Copy Paper. It encompasses all State Agencies which include municipalities, universities, and schools. This is a 3-year contract that will be serviced exclusively from Steen Macek’s Green Bay facility.
Ken Notes: Always nice to see one of our members getting work from the State, congrats...
ELCHO - The Verso Paper Mill in Wisconsin Rapids shut down production at the end of July. That decision affected thousands of workers in Wisconsin Rapids but it`s also hurting people here in the Northwoods.
"The mills are filled up," said Dennis Schoeneck, owner of Enterprise Forest Products. "They don`t need our wood. So we have nowhere to go with this wood. Its really affected our livelihood tremendously."
Schoeneck has been working in the logging industry for 44 years, but this is unprecedented.
"I`ve never seen something like this because the biggest mill in the state has quit taking wood," said Schoeneck. "That`s an impact that you just don`t recover from overnight you just don`t."
And his logging company isn`t the only business affected by the closure....
Hickory, NC - A packaging company based in Wisconsin bought a Hickory company and plans to quadruple production at the plant.
MaxPax, a company that makes and packages products for businesses, bought Fill-Pac on Tate Boulevard Southeast as well as the Fill-Pac equipment.
MaxPax takes over on Sept. 14, MaxPax CEO Rick Geiger said.
Currently, the plant has two lines of production running one shift a day. As soon as possible, MaxPax plans to add two more lines and a second shift, Geiger said. They’ll hire about 80 people...
SEE ALSO:...Full Story
Ken Notes: Congrats MaxPax. Lets see if we can bring new production and expansion to Wisconsin...
The Arandell Holdings Chapter 11 case appears headed toward an auction to sell the Menomonee Falls commercial printer to a buyer that would continue running its local plant.
Arandell Holdings Inc., the third biggest commercial printer in the U.S., has filed for bankruptcy after facing business disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic and operational problems at a printing facility in Kentucky....Full Story
The 100-year-old company is a major producer of shopping catalogs and counts some big retailers as customers, according to papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del...
Ken Notes: These articles are behind a paywall but we thought the info worth presenting...
...Consumer Packaging Put to Good (Re)UseIndustry insights back up the potential for reusable and/or refillable packages with a consumer base that remains engaged with the goal of greater sustainability. A report from New York-based CB Insights identified reusable packaging as one of 15 growing trends across the food, beverage and household essentials market in 2020.
According to research from the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, one-third of product and packaging companies said that they’re testing durable packages for reuse. The research also confirmed that while the current pandemic has slowed the use of things like reusable shopping bags at supermarkets and reusable personal cups at retail coffee chains, the public health crisis hasn’t halted the growth of all reusable solutions for consumer goods....
This is the first in a series examining the impact of the shutdown of Verso’s paper mill in Wisconsin Rapids.
"My stomach dropped,” is how one employee reacted to the news. "It`s like a natural disaster," said another. Still others expressed disbelief, thinking, “We’re always going to need paper.”
The emotions were not surprising. The Wisconsin Rapids area, after all, was built on paper and cranberries and here was one of its largest and most storied mills, whose roots go back to 1894, announcing it would be closing. Employees at Verso Corp. over the years had endured ownership changes and uncertainties as competition and consolidation gripped the industry.
They`ve lived through other temporary shutdowns, but this, they fear, could be the final closure.
Ken Notes: Great story and writing, I hope we can come up with a plan to reopen this mill --- these people are one of the best reasons why!
Peshtigo, WI - September 2, 2020 - We are pleased to announce that Daniel Hietpas has accepted the position of Sales, Product Innovation and Marketing Manager at BPM Inc. Daniel has over 30 years of experience in various roles in papermaking, coating and converting. Dan is a great addition to our team and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to BPM’s outstanding product lines...
Ken Notes: Congrats!
At University of Wisconsin-Stout this fall, dozens of COVID-19 safety measures — from new plexiglass barriers to surface disinfection protocols to socially-distanced classrooms and lounges — have been planned and implemented to help keep everyone healthy.
The university’s commitment also includes something out of the ordinary, a narrow, molded plastic tool distributed in welcome packs to residence hall students. Simple as it looks, it has a sort of superpower.
The device is a hand-held door puller, designed to hook handles and open doors in classroom buildings, residence halls and more, meaning that students can use it to greatly reduce the number of times each day that they touch commonly used surfaces...
Ken Notes: This is brilliant!
Fifteen students receive $5,000 scholarships each through the PMMI Foundation
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, recently awarded fifteen students $5,000 scholarships from the PMMI Member Family Scholarship. This scholarship was created to support immediate family members of member company employees who are pursuing packaging and processing as a career choice......Full Story
Packaging Machinery Market to Reach USD 52.83 billion by 2027; Substantial Demand for Packaged Products to Aid Expansion, states Fortune Business Insights
The global packaging machinery market size is predicted to reach USD 52.83 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 3.6% during the forecast period. The unceasing demand for packaged food, drugs, and other products will contribute effectively to the growth of the market, states Fortune Business Insights, in a report, titled “Packaging Machinery Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Machine Type (Bottling Line, Cartoning, Case Handling, Closing, Filling & Dosing, Form, Fill & Deal, Labelling, Decorating & Coding, Palletizing, Wrapping & Bundling and Others), By End User (Food, Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care and Toiletries, Household, Industrial and Agricultural Chemicals and Others) and Regional Forecast, 2020-2027.” The market size stood at USD 40.08 billion in 2019......Full Story
Ken Notes: This link leads to a "Report For sale" and is not supported or recommended by 5PNews.com. I did find the numbers interesting not $5,000 interesting -- but interesting. No doubt packaging will continue to grow as we change from a retail to an online economy....
Quincy Recycle, a national recycling and waste stream management company based in Quincy, Illinois, is opening a new recycling facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to expand its reach and capabilities in the Midwest. According to a news release from Quincy Recycle, the company purchased a 64,000-square-foot facility at 701 Bay Beach Rd. in Green Bay Sept. 1. The facility will operate primarily within the recovered fiber and plastics commodity markets, and the company also recycles other commodities, such as Gaylord boxes and metals.
Quincy says it is “investing heavily” in and hiring key team members for the facility, estimating it will need to hire 20 employees within the next 12 months to operate the facility, with an anticipated production start date of Jan. 1, 2021.
“The new Green Bay plant further aligns Quincy Recycle to meet the long-term supply needs of the recycling industry as it continues to grow and evolve,” says Marshall Harting, general manager at Quincy Recycle. “There is a real sense of pride from the entire Quincy Recycle team to be strategically expanding our footprint in the Midwest; growing our capabilities within the industry and offering increased service and new innovative recycling solutions to our partners throughout Wisconsin.”...
Ken Notes: WELCOME to Wisconsin! You`ll like it here!
Paper Bags to the Rescue!Ok, maybe paper bags aren’t superheroes. But they’re definitely helping the superheroes on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis. As healthcare workers work to treat patients in hospitals all over the country, they’re utilizing paper bags as an important tool in reducing cross-contamination and extending the usage of PPE equipment like masks and eye protection. Why paper bags? Good Question!
There are a number of reasons medical professionals use paper bags for mask storage:
August 31, 2020 - ePac is excited to announce that they will be the first converter in the world to install the new HP Indigo 25K Digital Press, with a total of 26 additional HP Indigo digital presses to be added to global production by 2021. The new ePac plant in Sacramento, California will be the first ePac location to install the HP Indigo 25K Digital Press...
In our current world, virtual events are the reigning King. Don’t get me wrong, I love face-to-face events, and they will come back in a BIG way. However, right now we need to hone in on what’s working.
The next time you hold a virtual event, try using one of these techniques to create fear of missing out (FOMO) to keep your attendees engaged:.....Full Story
Robinson`s speedy wipes canister loader highlights turnkey solution for wipes manufacturers
If there is one segment of the nonwovens market that is experiencing a boom during the pandemic era, it is disinfectant wipes. Robinson`s Momentum wipes canister loader is helping manufacturers prepare significantly more products for market than competing wipes canister loader options.
The Momentum can load up to 250 containers per minute, or approximately double the rate of other wipes canister loaders. This exceptional efficiency enables manufacturers in the wipes canister market to capitalize on the opportunity at hand as consumers focus on personal safety...
Ken Notes: Please send us your press releases so we can include them...
Ken Notes: OK this one had me laughing out loud! Each week I use a search algorithm to find Wisconsin stories on our industries and most of them I skip over, but my packaging search brought up this video and I was blown away. A lady finds a 24 year old McDonald`s sack with a hamburger and fries still in tact, no decay, no mold, no damage.
Now that`s packaging!...Full Story
Ken Notes: Many Wisconsin Companies and products on the list! By the way should we make an effort to bring the K-C headquarters back to Wisconsin. They moved to Texas for Darwin Smith (I did the spreadsheet for the board) and obviously he is gone and they are a part of the Wisconsin landscape. Kleenex was #5....
River Is One Of The Nation`s Largest, Most Expensive Cleanup Efforts
Federal, state and tribal officials are hailing the completion of a more than $1 billion cleanup of contaminated sediments in the Lower Fox River. The cleanup is considered one of the largest and most expensive in the nation.
The 17 year-long effort
included 39 miles of the Lower Fox River and Green Bay where paper
mills lined the river. Paper companies used polychlorinated biphenyls,
or manmade chemicals known as PCBs, to make carbonless copy paper,
releasing nearly 700,000 pounds into the river from the mid-1950s to 1971. ...
Ken Notes:This is literally water under the bridge, but I believe we could have done a better job, created far more public amenities and access, and kept or created more jobs by working WITH the companies and communities. Looking forward I hope we work with industries in the future as issues arise, and arise they will PFAS is next on the agenda...
Instant coffee, ketchup, Lululemon yoga pants and Nike Air Max sneakers are all in. Bottled water, pricey diapers and Burberry luxury trench coats are out.
Welcome to America`s pandemic consumer economy. And it`s like nothing we`ve seen before.
"Everything we knew about supply and demand, we can essentially throw out the window because consumer behavior has changed completely," said Piotr Dworczak, assistant professor of economics at Northwestern University...
...Pre-COVID-19, tens of millions of commuters grabbed a coffee to-go en route to work. Suddenly, instead of 20-pound bags of coffee for restaurants, or large containers of ketchup, producers have had to switch to smaller, home-use packaging...
Ken Notes:We need to continue to react to the change in the marketplace. The online ship to home business has exploded while other markets are struggling. Of course the good news is no matter what happens people still need TP, Diapers, and other consumables we produce.
As consumers strive to reduce single-use plastic waste from their households, stores dedicated to offering zero-waste products have popped up throughout the United States, allowing customers to purchase bulk foods and even liquids like shampoo and body wash with B.Y.O. refillable packaging like Mason jars.
While several grocers throughout Milwaukee have bulk foods sections and promote reduce-reuse-recycle concepts, Jenna Meier, of The Glass Pantry (1039 S. 5th St.), recalls having to shop at several stores in order to get what she needed while meeting her household’s zero-waste goals. “Nobody has time for that!” Meier says, so she sought to bring food, cleaning supplies and health and beauty items all under one roof, offering goods in bulk or with eco-conscious packaging...
Ken Notes: Zero waste packaging is something we should watch. There is actually no such thing in that any item has to get from store to home, but a focus on biodegradable or reusable paper product could easily come in to play here. We do this now with bulk coffee and reusable shopping bags. Are spice bags, dry goods bags and more in our future...
University of Wisconsin-Stout alumni Nate and Danielle Goss enjoy socializing with family and friends over cocktails.
However, last year when pregnant with their first child, Macy, Danielle couldn’t find alcohol-free and ready-to-drink mocktails in stores, taverns or restaurants.
Nonalcoholic beers and wines that she found still contained a small amount of alcohol, which she didn’t feel comfortable consuming while pregnant. Soda and sparkling water just didn’t fill the void of having social cocktails.
Danielle, a registered dietitian and a 2013 UW-Stout dietetics graduate, spent summer and fall 2019 creating mocktails from scratch.
Ken Notes: I just sort of liked this story. The idea of innovation and new products from within a company is a great way to keep employees.
Over seven years ago, 19-year old Kyle Kamerer Jr. was in transition and sleeping in his car. Times were tough, and he needed work. Recognizing his potential, Tim Price and the team at Colbert Packaging offered Kamerer a chance with a job performing general manufacturing labor.Fast-forward to present day, and Kamerer Jr. is married, supervising a department and supporting a family as a valued Colbert Packaging employee. “Colbert taught me so much more than how to just have a factory job,” he said. “I learned about integrity and workplace pride, and that changed my life!” ...Full Story
Ken Notes: Colbert is an Illinois company, but I like the idea of mentoring youth, apprenticeships, and training a generation of workers. Consider starting or expanding a program in your company, and then let Marty and I know how we can help you get the state support you need.
Milwaukee County Beer Gardens have added three stops to their summer tours. Here is where they are headed this summer and fall.
MILWAUKEE COUNTY, WI – Milwaukee County`s Traveling Beer Gardens will make three additional stops this season, at Wisconsin Ave. Park, Center Street Park and Cooper Park. The current tour stop at Juneau Park has also been extended.
The outdoor, socially distanced beer gardens, have kept beer garden season alive in a summer otherwise marred by cancellations and closures due to COVID-19...
Ken Notes: I may have included this because I love the idea. But to bring it around to the 5P`s not the use of more disposable products, a trend I believe will continue and will be good for our industries. Of course we could add Pilsner to our list????
Quest Industrial’s robots help the cheese company package a large volume of diverse products.
Behind many of the most well-known private label brands of cheese and cheese products sold in North American supermarkets is one of the continent’s largest cheese maturation and cheese converting processors. Supplying more than 250 million pounds of cheese annually to grocery chains, wholesalers, restaurants and distributors, Plymouth, Wis. -based Masters Gallery Foods maintains one of the largest privately held cheese inventories in the United States....
....Designed by Quest Industrial — a Monroe, Wis.-based manufacturer of industrial automation equipment — these robotic systems are unique in their capability for precision gripping and placement at high speeds, as well as their flexibility to adapt in real time to changes in product mix."Quest understands our challenges," explains Wirtz....
Herndon, Va. – Four students each received $4,000 from the PMMI Scholarship in Memorial of Claude S. Breeden, Glenn Davis and Art Schaefer, according to PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.
Students must have a GPA of 3.0 at a two-year PMMI Education Partner school, industry involvement and plans for a career in packaging and processing machinery manufacturing to qualify. ...
Ken Notes: Congrats Sarah and Stout!
NEENAH, Wis., Aug. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Kimberly-Clark today announced it has joined the U.S. Plastics Pact, a collaborative, solutions-driven initiative rooted in four ambitious goals intended to drive significant systems change by unifying diverse cross-sector approaches, setting a national strategy, and creating scalable solutions to create a path forward toward a circular economy for plastics in the United States by 2025. The first North American Pact of its kind, the U.S. Pact is a collaboration led by The Recycling Partnership, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Ellen MacArthur Foundation...
..."We aspire to be at the forefront of the transition to a circular, reuse economy and finding new ways of giving consumers the products they need," said Kim Underhill, President of Kimberly-Clark`s North American Consumer Business. "We realize getting there will take game-changing innovation, and we know we`re up to the challenge to do more by joining the U.S. Plastics Pact." ...
Ken Notes: in case you were wondering why "Plastic" in one of our 5P`s...
Rockline Industries, one of the largest global producers of consumer products specializing in wet wipes and coffee filters, will invest $20 million to expand operations at its manufacturing complex in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
According to company officials, the new production line, known as the XC-105 Galaxy, will be one of the largest production lines for disinfecting wipes in the private brands wet wipes industry.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new level of awareness among the American people about the importance of proper surface disinfection," said Randy Rudolph, president of Rockline Industries. "We are making a huge investment in the future by installing the Galaxy line to ensure that our customers will be able to meet consumers` increasing demand for disinfecting wipes."...
Ken Notes: If you have news about your company please send it our way!
The deadline for nominations is Sept. 15.
MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is accepting nominations for the 2020 Recycling Excellence Awards until Sept. 15....Full Story
Communities, organizations, schools and businesses are eligible and encouraged to apply for recognition of outstanding recycling or waste minimization initiatives. The DNR offers the Recycling Excellence Awards to recognize efforts and share innovative ideas with a broad audience to improve waste management practices.
Awards are offered in four categories: Overall program, projects and initiatives, innovation and special events. Entities of any size may self-nominate or submit an application on behalf of another program. Applicants are encouraged to submit supporting materials such as outreach samples, data/graphs and high-resolution photos...
Ken Notes: Since we have been recycling long before recycling was cool, we should make sure our collective efforts are recognized. If you have a unique program or special interest contact Marty at GBIG to help promote your efforts.
Senate Minority Leader Janet Bewley is among three legislators recognized for support of the paper industry.
The Wisconsin Paper Council selected state Sen. Janet Bewley, D-Mason, as the organization’s Legislator of the Year for 2020.
Bewley was presented the award at the council’s annual meeting held in Wisconsin Rapids.
Each year the council selects at least two legislators, one from each house and each political party to receive the awards.
Sen. Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point, and Rep. Nancy VanderMeer, R-Tomah, were also recognized this year for their support of the industry, said Scott Suder, president of the Wisconsin Paper Council...
Ken Notes: 5PNews will not take a strong political position on candidates, but will look for positive news about those supporting the industry. We will strongly advocate for a seat at the table as issues that effect the industries are considered legislatively.
The PRINTING United Alliance (Fairfax, Virginia), the largest and most comprehensive member-based printing and graphic arts association in the United States, has announced the recipients of its 2020 Student Scholarship Awards program...
The recipients of the 2020-2021 PRINTING United Alliance Scholarship Program are:
...University of Wisconsin – Stout...Full Story
• Julia Otten
• Abigayle Gardiner
Ken Notes: I only included the Wisconsin recipients... Congrats!
MasterGraphics will merge D3`s 3D Systems and 3D Platform Printer business into MasterGraphics existing HP 3D print portfolio expanding the geography MasterGraphics covers. In addition, D3 Technologies and MasterGraphics announced a strategic partnership going forward around 3D print.MADISON, Wis., Aug. 15, 2020 — (PRNewswire) —
MADISON, Wis., Aug. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- MasterGraphics, Inc announced today a strategic partnership with D3 Technologies – Springfield, MO. MasterGraphics will merge D3`s 3D Systems and 3D Platform Printer business into MasterGraphics existing HP 3D print portfolio. D3 will take a significant stake in MasterGraphics as a minority shareholder. MasterGraphics will continue their focus on 3D print with an exclusive partnership with D3 Technologies to provide their clients with industry leading 3D print solutions......Full Story
Just on the heels of closing its Walton, Ky., printing plant the end of July, Arandell Holdings announced that the printing company, along with all its subsidiaries, voluntarily filed for business reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on Aug. 13. According to the Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based catalog printing specialist — which serves U.S. retailers and online merchandisers — Arandell has sufficient liquidity to continue operating its business.
Arandell CEO Brad Hoffman announced that the catalog printing specialist filed for Chapter 1 bankruptcy protection.
“Given fundamental changes in the industry resulting from COVID-19 and other factors, company management is taking proactive and aggressive steps to improve the organization’s overall business framework, while continuing to pursue new business opportunities,”
Ken Notes: We hope they get through this. I get a little frustrated knowing we spent three trillion dollars without first assessing the damage. No there is little left for those who truly need it...
The following is a guest post from Beth Mielke, a plant manager who has worked 25 years in food manufacturing.
If someone asked me what it was like to work in a COVID environment when everything started a few months ago, I would have said, "It’s not much different." But after months of steady changes, I look around astonished at how much things have changed.
My morning starts at 4 a.m. I get up, make coffee and
head to my home office. I am much more aware and grateful of having
strength to work and play. ...
Ken Notes: Not directly paper but very interesting!!!!
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TROY, MI, August 13, 2020 – BNP Media Packaging Group announced that the 2020 Converters Expo will be a virtual experience instead of an in-person event. The Virtual Expo will feature leading authorities providing the most up-to-date innovations and technologies in the converters industry. Converters Expo Virtual Event will be live August 24-25, 2020 and will be available through March 2021 on Evolve: The Next Generation of Event Experience, a new virtual platform powered by BNP Events. To register to attend for free click here....Full Story
PFAS, short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a group of widespread man-made chemicals that don’t break down in the environment or the human body and have been flagged as a major contaminant in sources of water across the country.
McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast-food packaging contains toxic ‘forever chemicals,’ according to a new report – Business Insider
A study released by environmental advocacy groups Ecology Center, the Mind the Store campaign, and Toxic-Free Future last week involved testing 38 food packaging samples across six chains for PFAS. Nearly half of the samples tested positive for fluorine levels that indicated the packaging contained PFAS.
Ken Notes:Just a heads up to the packaging industry, PFAS may be the new PCBs make sure you are educated on this if it should come back to your products. I follow this for another newsletter I produce WDNGRreen.com
Online Exhibit Documents State`s Role In Toilet Paper`s History
Out of the Victorian Era came a whole host of inventions that we still use today: postage stamps, Christmas cards, photographs, sewing machines, indoor plumbing and toilet paper.
And occasionally — like during a pandemic when people panic buy loads of toilet paper, leading to a shortage — we are reminded not to take those inventions for granted.
Responding to the frenzy over toilet paper during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, George Schroeder sought to shed some light on where toilet paper came from and how Wisconsin helped shape its supply.
Schroeder is the executive director of the Hearthstone Historic House Museum in Appleton. The museum`s online-only exhibit, "Flushed with Success: Milestones in Toilet Paper Development," details the history of toilet paper and the invention of the toilet that preceded it.
The Online Exhibit is Here:
Ken Notes: This is a great exhibit, please visit the site and share it with your local educators and others.
As Verso seeks potential buyers for its Wisconsin Rapids mill, groups are looking at the possibility of creating a cooperative to run it locally. ...Full Story
Ken Notes: I would love to share more or read this article, alas it is behind a paywall at the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. If you have online data on this send it our way and we will share it...
WAUKESHA, Wisconsin, Aug. 13 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release on Aug. 12:
Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler wrapped up his visit to the Badger State making a series of announcements related to the Superfund program demonstrating the Trump Administration`s continued commitment to the American people to cleanup highly polluted sites across the country. At the Fox River Superfund Site in Green Bay, Administrator Wheeler announced the completion of more than two decades of cleanup with U.S. Congressman Mike Gallagher and the latest updated to the Administrator`s Emphasis List. At the last stop of the day, Administrator Wheeler announced the 26th WIFIA loan issued under President Trump, which will provide $137 million to the City of Waukesha to ensure access to safer drinking water....Full Story
Ken Notes: As the former Mayor of Neenah, I suggest in the future Wheeler take a look at sitting down with the industries involved and work together on issues like the Fox River. I saw plans for trails, parks, more public access, lock restoration, and so much pore tossed aside to cater to a few very vocal people who had little understanding of the process and the potential fallout. I may be wrong, but I believe we could have had a cleaner river and far more amenities for the citizens if we had worked together. Let me know if I am wrong...
A packaging company is planning to triple its footprint by building a new 550,000-square-foot corrugator facility in Tulsa County.
Green Bay Packaging (GBP) is set to begin construction Sept. 1 on the “super plant,” which is scheduled to begin operation in October 2021.
The facility will replace the existing 180,000-square-foot factory at 6106 W. 68th St. S. in Creek County and will be equipped with a new 110-inch Fosber corrugator and state-of-the-art, high-speed flexo folder gluers and rotary die cutters. Crossland Construction is the general contractor.
Ken Notes:Congrats GBP. We need to work on even more expansion of the industry here in Wisconsin....
Madison…The University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and the Wisconsin Paper Council (WPC) have teamed up to launch a yearlong project to develop a strategic framework for the future of Wisconsin’s paper industry.
The project is a collaborative effort between UW-Oshkosh’s Center for Customized Research and Services (CCRS) and the Wisconsin Paper Council (WPC). The $50,000 grant is one of several awarded funding under WiSys’s Ignite! Program to provide faculty, staff, and students across the UW System’s 13 comprehensive universities with opportunities to apply their knowledge to build the state’s economy. This particular endeavor will be focused primarily on workforce development challenges and future needs of the papermaking and forestry industries.
The timing of this project, which emphasizes the roles of talent, innovation and sustainability as keys to the industry’s future, comes at a critical time for the WPC and its membership. Decreasing demand for converted paper products has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic as the industry also adapts to changing workplace needs....
Ken Notes: PDF of press release is at the link...
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI (WSAU) –Operations are slowly winding down at the Verso paper mill in Wisconsin Rapids after its parent company announced the idling of the facility effective on July 31st.
Rapids Mayor Shane Blaser says a few hundred employees remain on the payroll as the company fills some last-minute orders and commitments while also idling down and doing some maintenance on the equipment. He couldn’t provide an exact number but said as of Thursday there were still “a few hundred” employees on the job.
Around 125 employees will remain on-site to do maintenance and keep the facility in shape in case a new operator or buyer can be found. Those employees will also have to maintain some infrastructure that’s used to provide services to other plants in the area including the Nine Dragons plant in Biron.
Blaser says the city and Timber professionals are still examining ways to do just that, possibly through a Co-op.
“[I’ve been talking about that] for about the last three days. They are forming Co-ops. The Timber professionals have already formed theirs, and we are also looking at forming a multi-state Co-op. That’s what’s being explored right now,” he said...
Ken Notes: We should all work together to support this effort...
Scorecards to help manufacturers make responsible decisions could be the next big thing to hit packaging.
The packaging industry hasn’t maintained a great image during the pandemic, with images of streets littered with plastic gloves and masks in the headlines. But the paper and fibre industry has been busy behind the scenes: the first paper-based spirits bottle was announced, to be launched in 2021, as well as a recyclable, home-compostable food tray made of natural wood fibres, that won the bio-based Material of the Year 2020 Award. There’s also news of 100 per cent recyclable thermo boxes that could replace polystyrene containers of frozen food...
Ken Notes: This will drive the paper and converting development markets in Wisconsin for years to come. If we can lead in the development of packaging and replacing plastic we will place Wisconsin on the map.
Nouryon (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) has selected Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S., as the location for a new facility to produce its Expancel expandable microspheres. The expansion project, which was announced last year, strengthens the company’s position in expandable microspheres, which are used to make customers’ end products lighter and reduce costs.
“This new plant will meet the fast-growing demand for Expancel. We are excited to better serve our customers throughout the Americas as well as other parts of the world,” said Sylvia Winkel Pettersson, Vice President for Expancel at Nouryon. “The first step will be the start of initial production in Green Bay in October 2020; this will be followed by further increases over the next several years,” she said....
Ken Notes: Welcome to Wisconsin!
ASHWAUBENON (WLUK) -- The Pentagon awarded NPS Corporation, a Green Bay manufacturer $2.75 million to produce more materials used to make PPE.
"It was pretty obvious that there was a big shortage of face masks and respirators and what not. We knew that our meltblown material which is a key component of the mask we knew it was in short supply and we ramped up our engineering talent and our production to convert our equipment over to making that material," NPS Corporation CEO Andrew Hetzel says.
The award from the U.S. Department of Defense will help the company produce more meltblown fibers.
"It became clear that the only way to resolve the tremendous shortfall was to get a lot more domestic production. This award will allow U.S. production to increase substantially," Hetzel says....
Ken Notes: Wisconsin Paper Industries are a part if the solution!!!
Verso employees will leave the Wisconsin Rapids mill in phases as the bargain between unions and Verso takes effect.
The first layoffs of the mill`s 902 employees came Monday and will continue in phases through the end of the year.
According to representatives from the United Steelworkers union, which represents about 600 employees at the Wisconsin Rapids mill, Verso will continue to pay the company portion of employees` medical and dental insurance plans through the end of the year. Severance packages will depend on how many weeks of vacation each employee has earned based on the number of years he or she worked at the mill, but that amount ranges from one to seven weeks. Verso will also continue the employee assistance program for six months. The program that offers mental health resources for employees.......Full Story
Ken Notes: We need to focus on ways to keep this plant in production...
Orbis Corp.’s “Ocean in Mind” initiative repurposes plastic litter recovered from major waterways.
As the summer enters its hottest months, many Americans will try to beat the heat by heading to the ocean or a nearby lake. Unfortunately, when they get there, they’re likely to find a lot of plastic litter along the shore.
A new program created by reusable packaging provider Orbis Corp. aims to help clean up that coastline waste and repurpose it for commercial use. The Oconomowoc, Wisconsin-based company says its “Ocean in Mind” program incorporates packaging made with recycled plastic material recovered near major waterways, helping clean up those areas. Once collected, the plastic is sorted, reprocessed, and used to make reusable packaging for logistics applications.
Among the event highlights, attendees will have access to a Virtual Tour of Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) facilities.
Organizers of the 2020 Converters Expo have announced that the show will
be a virtual experience instead of an in-person event. The Virtual Expo
will feature comverting industry experts presenting the most up-to-date
innovations, products and technologies.
Madison – Calling him a “Hardworking Advocate for Wisconsin’s Papermaking Industry”, the Wisconsin Paper Council (WPC) has named State Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) as the organization’s 2020 “Legislator of the Year.” Senator Testin was presented the award at the trade association’s Annual Meeting held last Tuesday at Bullseye Golf Club in Wisconsin Rapids. Each year the WPC selects at least two Legislators, one from each house and each political party to receive these prestigious awards.
UW Oshkosh and the Wisconsin Paper Council are launching a yearlong project to develop a strategic framework for the future of Wisconsin’s paper industry.
Headed by UWO’s Center for Customized Research and Services, the project is one of several awarded funding under WiSys’s Ignite! Program to provide faculty, staff and students across the UW System’s 13 comprehensive universities with opportunities to apply their knowledge to build the state’s economy....Full Story
A wide web flexographic printer that provides quality printing at competitive prices within exceptional lead times, Print Pro of Wrightstown is undertaking a major expansion.
Construction on the 30,000 sq. ft. project addition began about a month ago and will soon have work done above ground, adding 50 percent more space in the 60,000 sq. ft. building.
President Tom Eiting said the company built some offices inside the building over the winter and is now adding more space and loading docks to the rear of the building on Highway U.
The centerpiece of the project is a new press being built in Italy that should arrive in November.
Calmes Construction is the general contractor. ...Full Story
Ken Notes: Wisconsin is quietly becoming a flexographic mecca...
BPM Inc. A Specialty Paper Mill, just took delivery of a 72” shaftless unwind stand from Retroflex, Inc with lift from the floor capabilities using a 100% Montalvo solution for V406 brakes, lightweight tension roll with load cells and interchangeable 3” and 10” core chucks (with one bolt to interchange). Lift arms are manually controlled by the operator (up/down, in/out)
Visit us at CONVERTER’S EXPO 2020, August 24-25, Lambeau Field Atrium, Green Bay, WI, Booth #86...Full Story
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Domtar Corp. has announced it will permanently close its Port Huron paper mill, which employs nearly 200 employees.
“It’s obviously a difficult day,” said Craig Timm, Domtar Corp. regional public affairs manager.
He said employees were notified Friday morning. The closure will happen over the next four to six months.
In a press release on Friday, the company reported its preliminary second quarter 2020 financial results and announced strategic initiatives.
APPLETON, Wis. (SPECTRUM NEWS) — It’s hard to miss the large buildings and logo of Great Northern Corp. on a drive up U.S. 41 between Oshkosh and Appleton.
The Appleton-based business has built a nearly 60-year history producing corrugated packing — from brown cardboard boxes to beer cases.
It also continues to seek talent.
“All of our locations are looking for production, and that’s throughout the state of Wisconsin,” said Lauren Basler, the company’s HR recruiter. “More specifically for the Fox Valley, we’re looking for production employees with a starting rate anywhere from $17 dollars an hour to up to $30 an hour, it just depends on the skill set for those positions.”...
NEENAH, Wis., Aug. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Menasha Corporation, parent company of Menasha Packaging, announces the publication of its tenth annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report, highlighting the company`s environmental, social and governance performance during calendar year 2019 and the first half of 2020.
New in this year`s report is a COVID-19 section outlining Menasha Corporation`s response and actions to the coronavirus pandemic, including its elevated focus on employee safety, support for its customers` new needs for products and services, and increased monetary support for community organizations and basic needs services.
A digital version of the report is available at: ...Full Story
New Jersey packaging manufacturer International Cushioning Co. will establish its fifth U.S. manufacturing facility in northwestern Ohio, local economic development officials announced earlier this month.
The company, which makes a variety of paper, foam, and bubble products for commercial packaging customers, expects to invest more than $3.6 million at a former plastics factory in Fremont, about 80 miles west of Cleveland....
Ken Notes: Ohio? If one of your suppliers is starting to look for a place to expand make sure you share the information so we can wine and dine them with beer and cheese...
Polyfab Corp., a 49-year-old Sheboygan, Wis., injection molder, has a new owner that is eager to expand its business in North America.
The buyer is the U.S. subsidiary of Daiho Industrial Co. Ltd., an Osaka, Japan-based injection molder that serves the home electronics, automotive, office equipment and housewares markets.
"Daiho is a custom thermoplastics injection molder that`s looking to expand its U.S. opportunities," Polyfab President Scott Doleshaw said in a telephone interview. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Polyfab is being renamed Polyfab LLC, but no immediate changes are planned for either company, and the contracts, services, and resources available to Polyfab`s customers and suppliers will not be affected......Full Story
Ken Notes: The details may be beyond a pay wall, we will try to get you as much data as possible in these cases....
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) - We`re learning more about the potential future of the Verso Paper Mill in Wisconsin Rapids and the effort to save hundreds of jobs.
The mill announced in early June it would halt production July 31st. The Wisconsin Rapids Together task force was created to support families affected and find a potential buyer. Representative Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) and Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) lead the task force.
But with no action by potential buyers so far, an estimated 900 people will be out of work when the mill shuts down Friday.
But there is still hope those jobs won`t disappear for long.
Henry Schienebeck, executive director of Great Lakes Timber Professionals, tells Newschannel 7 his Rhinelander-based group is working on forming a co-op with the City of Wisconsin Rapids and union workers that would keep everyone in their current jobs....
Ken Notes: Lets make sure we give this project all the support we can. Your elected officials need to know how important this project is to Wisconsin and the dozens of other businesses that depend on it.
WEDC’s Hughes offers answers as report assesses COVID-19 impact on state’s economy
Months after lawmakers — and even the state’s top economic development strategist — thought it would be waning, COVID-19 still threatens Wisconsin, as its economy struggles to recover.
Industries are “reeling” — and so are other sectors of the state that are critical to its long-term success: education, child care and health care.
As grim as all that might sound, though, it has also given Wisconsin a chance to focus on important priorities, according to Missy Hughes, CEO and secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC)....
...Although less affected at the start, manufacturing and construction will likely slow down because of lower consumer spending and reduced capital. And forest products have had “perhaps the starkest divide,” the report states: record-high demand for some consumer paper goods (recall the toilet paper hoarding in the spring), while sharp declines in the catalog and magazine industry due to a fall-off in print advertising. ...
Ken Notes: Good to know we are on the radar screen at WEDC...
If a person is infected in the forest, and no one is there to report it, were they infected at all?
The answer is yes, of course, but as COVID-19 continues to spread through all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, people are increasingly being infected in communities that have seen local journalism institutions shut down or hollowed out — places known as news deserts.
Since 2004, Wisconsin has lost 77 newspapers, according to a University of North Carolina database.
That’s a loss of 28% of the state’s daily and weekly print news.
Circulation has taken an even bigger hit — dropping 39% since 2004.
Ken Notes: As we lose local reporting and reporters it becomes more important that we keep our industry in front of the decision makers in the State.
GREEN BAY, Wisc. (SPECTRUM NEWS) — It’s a moniker that may not have the acclaim of Titletown U.S.A., but there’s no question being the toilet paper capital of the world has its perks, too.
The paper industry supports more than 6,000 jobs in Brown County, where Green Bay — the aforementioned toilet paper capital — is located. It’s a product often taken for granted, but was vaulted into the limelight this spring at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
And it’s still going strong.......Full Story
Ken Notes: It has been a challenge through the pandemic to keep everything up and running and now we need to restate or fill the Pulp gab left by the Verso shutdown and more pulp being sent to China. I am worried that many do not know how systemic the 5P industries are.
Clearwater Paper Corporation found using ticker (CLW) now have 2 analysts covering the stock with the consensus suggesting a rating of ‘Buy’. The range between the high target price and low target price is between 50 and 42 with a mean TP of 46. Now with the previous closing price of 37.49 this would imply there is a potential upside of 22.7%. There is a 50 day moving average of 34.67 and the 200 day moving average is 26.65. The company has a market capitalisation of $632m. You can visit the company’s website by visiting: http://www.clearwaterpaper.com...
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The papermaking industry has ties to other industries like forestry, trucking and construction, and Verso’s decision to indefinitely idle two of its mills affects those industries it works with.
Verso announced in June it would stop production at its paper mills in Wisconsin Rapids and Duluth, Minnesota, indefinitely while "exploring viable and sustainable alternatives for both mills."......Full Story
Marty Ochs: Remember to mention that segments of this industry are growing in Wisconsin and we are working hard to find ways of reusing the Verso Plant.
Ken Notes: In Madison we are looking for ways to absorb the Verso employees into other facilities across the State.
Generally speaking the aim of active stock picking is to find companies that provide returns that are superior to the market average. And the truth is, you can make significant gains if you buy good quality businesses at the right price. For example, the Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj (HEL:AM1) share price is up 53% in the last 5 years, clearly besting the market return of around 9.9% (ignoring dividends)... ...Full Story
Ken Notes: Like grandpa said..
Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE: CLW) today introduced ReMagine™, a folding carton paperboard brand with up to 30 percent post-consumer recycled fiber. Inspired by circular economy principles, ReMagine provides high definition print capability and superior converting performance. The new folding carton brand is now available to the company’s customers.
“We are excited to introduce ReMagine to our customers, with a quality standard that we believe stands apart from other folding carton options in the market,” said Steve Bowden, senior vice president and general manager of the pulp and paperboard division. “Our newly-branded ReMagine is an important part of Clearwater Paper’s value proposition, positioning our customers to address growing trends in sustainable packaging.”......Full Story
U.S. Great Lakes ports reported mixed results in June with aluminum, road salt and grain shipments holding strong despite the coronavirus pandemic, while shipments of commodities related to steel production and manufacturing have continued to slide.
...mong the port’s traditional Seaway commodities seen thus far were
imports of salt, imports and exports of petroleum products, and imports
of limestone—each showing growth over this time last year. Additionally,
the Port welcomed a noteworthy Seaway movement of wood pulp from Brazil
in June that will be used by the paper industry for the production of
diapers and wipes...
Ken Notes:My grandfather, a research scientist for Kimberly-Clark, once told me people will always have to blow their nose... not to mention... he stopped there and I did not figure it out until I was much older...
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — A workforce training partnership that has served Arkansas for more than a decade has earned national acclaim.
Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus and Green Bay Packaging, Arkansas Kraft Division are 2020 recipients of the National Council for Workforce Education Noncredit Exemplary Program Award.
The honor recognizes a collaboration that has provided more than 1,000 employees from approximately 60 Arkansas companies with training needed to help drive the state’s economy.
...That began to change in 2008 when Green Bay Packaging envisioned converting a shuttered Levi’s manufacturing plant in Morrilton into a workforce education facility. Funding from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, and an investment from Green Bay Packaging, helped turn that vision to reality......Full Story
Mike Huebsch, a former GOP Assembly speaker, DOA secretary and Public Service commissioner, will serve as the Wisconsin Water Alliance president after his unanimous election by the board.
Huebsch told WisBusiness.com the biggest challenge facing Wisconsin
water right now is the balance between government regulation and
everybody who uses water in the state.
Ken Harwood Notes: Mike is an advocate for the paper industry.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – As the Verso Corp. paper mill quickly approaches a planned shutdown this month, local, state and industry leaders continue looking for ways to keep it up and running, including by finding someone to buy it.
State Rep. Scott Krug, R-Nekoosa, said because there are valuable assets inside the mill, he is optimistic the Miamisburg, Ohio-based papermaker will be able to sell it and that there are a couple potential buyers interested in the facility.
Verso announced in June
it would stop production at its paper mills in Wisconsin Rapids and
Duluth, Minnesota, indefinitely while "exploring viable and sustainable
alternatives for both mills." As a result, Verso said it would lay off 902 employees at the Wisconsin Rapids mill starting July 31.
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