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Green Bay Packaging Receives Green Masters Sustainability Designation 9 Consecutive Years

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April 23, 2019

Green Bay Packaging (GBP) was highlighted in the Green Masters Company Spotlights as one of two companies that achieved success in their ongoing sustainability mission.

“In preparation for Earth Month, we decided to reach out to a couple Green Masters level companies as a way to highlight the success that they have had with regards to sustainability. The Green Masters program prides itself on the fact that it can be successfully utilized by any company, big or small, experienced or inexperienced. That is why we decided to seek out two companies that have successfully transformed their businesses to become more sustainable, while taking very different paths,” wrote the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council (WSBC).

WSBC continues to state, “Green Bay Packaging (GBP) has been awarded the Green Masters designation for 9 straight years (the most of any company in the program)! Since inception and as a pilot company of the Green Master Program, GBP has initiated and implemented advancing systems of core sustainability areas to accomplish awareness, key performance indicator (KPI) transparency and improvements across the company.”

The Green Master Program reached out to GBP to ask them a few questions related to their recent sustainability success, to provide some high-quality knowledge from an industry leader.

 

Sustainability Achievements

Green Bay Packaging (GBP) strives for achievements and continuous improvement in sustainability programs to advance sustainability stewardship within our operations and external stakeholders targets. Since inception and as a pilot company of the Green Master Program, GBP has initiated and implemented advancing systems of core sustainability areas to accomplish awareness, key performance indicator (KPI) transparency and improvements across our company.

In 2018, GBP started a significant investment in our business and community with a $500 million new state-of-the-art paper mill complex that incorporates reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, estimated reductions of 90%, with retirement of coal and cleaner natural gas fuel for the mill. The project is a first of this size in Wisconsin to reclaim-recycle waters with adjoining sewerage district. The benefits to this project on environment energy impacts and optimized resources, which align with EPA’s water sustainability considerations that embrace water recycling stewardship practices.

Green Bay Packaging (GBP) was recognized from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council for the ninth consecutive year, in 2018. This award emphasizes our dedication to sustainability initiatives and achievements throughout our operations while pursuing business excellence.

 

What role has the GMP played with regards to these sustainability achievements?

The Green Masters Program has prompted us to capture more detailed data, key performance emphasis on cause and effect assessments and an increased collaboration with sites on achievements and projects that produced beneficial sustainable results. Beneficially such projects model a best practice that other sites can consider for innovation and opportunity. The GMP survey and questions incited an assessment of opportunities that has guided our business on where we could focus efforts for optimal improvements including rank based on our score placement in the various topics. It also helps us generate ideas through networking and sharing so we are always improving and aspiring to become better. In addition, the recognition for being a Green Master is an acknowledgment that sites find rewarding too and serves of a continued incentive of site champion staff efforts to improve.

 

Do you have any advice that you would give to a company that is interested in sustainability, however, may not have much experience with it?

A wealth of sustainability information is available on the internet! Looking at like businesses and seeing what others are doing through their website and sustainability report communications is a great start. Self-education on sustainability programs, like ISO, GRI, SMETA and science-based programs, provides awareness, demonstration, and expectations in business sustainability environments. To start, a baseline survey helps show you where your strengths are and where you need to start strategizing to improve. Utilize the networking aspect of the GMP program and other sustainability network groups. GMP has a great mentoring program for companies that want help with their questionnaires. Focus on what makes sense for your business and what is going to make you a better company.

 

Have your sustainability achievements impacted any other aspects of the company? (profits, community feedback, employee engagement…etc)?

GBP sustainability KPI metric data and assessments on opportunities resulted in projects and innovations that reduced impacts, less water or energy, and beneficial project outcomes that reduced environmental impacts and costs. GBP site-specific sustainability programs increase employee awareness and influence site champions. Our commitment on sustainability has given a competitive edge when it comes to our customer base. It has also allowed us to maintain an ongoing and positive relationship with our communities and fostered great collaborative initiatives to increase sustainable achievements for GBP and the neighborhood.

 

About Green Bay Packaging Inc.
Started in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a privately owned, vertically integrated company consisting of corrugated container plants, folding cartons, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label rollstock, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging Inc. operates 32 facilities in 14 states each with a dedication to innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on quality, sustainability, and continuous improvement. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com

For additional information, please contact:
Catharine Rathbone
Marketing and Insights Manager
crathbone@gbp.com

© April 2019 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Amazon APASS Services at Green Bay Packaging

Green Bay, WI – April 3, 2019 – Green Bay Packaging (GBP), a leader in innovative packaging solutions, is now an official member of the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS). With this certification GBP will be able to provide packaging design, production supply, and testing services directly to sellers, merchants and manufacturers that adhere to Amazon’s Packaging Certification requirements.

“We are excited to be a part of the APASS network.  Our network of designers is consistently on the cutting edge working with our customers to deliver the most efficient packaging possible.  E-commerce plays a key role in the economy and we are proud to be a member of the APASS network,” said Bryan Hollenbach, Executive Vice President at Green Bay Packaging. GBP’s nationwide staff of Designers provides customers with a dedicated creative group able to develop packaging solutions that balance function, customer engagement and brand promotion.

With over 85 years of packaging experience, GBP’s product offering ranges from innovative corrugated containers to folding carton packaging solutions with a focus on superior quality, service, and sustainability. This experience allows Green Bay Packaging to partner with customers to meet their packaging needs in the rapidly growing E-commerce market and ensure product protection during shipping, while simultaneously creating a positive unboxing experience for the end consumer.

“E-Commerce sales are growing at an expediential rate and GBP is focused on helping our customers with end to end E-commerce solutions. Joining the APASS network provides us with another service to help our customers increase sales within the E-Commerce space,”  said Rick Luftman, Vice President of National Sales & Marketing at Green Bay Packaging.

APASS is an Amazon designed program to help support vendors, sellers, and manufacturers in certifying their products as Prep-Free Packaging (PFP), Ships-in-Own Container (SIOC), and Frustration Free Packaging (FFP), Amazon provides a list of companies and labs that can help test, design, and supply packaging in line with meeting Amazon’s Packaging Certifications. Green Bay Packaging is now part of this elite group of suppliers.

About Green Bay Packaging Inc.

Started in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a privately owned, vertically integrated company consisting of corrugated container plants, folding cartons, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label rollstock, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging Inc. operates 32 facilities in 14 states each with a dedication to innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on quality, sustainability and continuous improvement. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com

 

© April 2019 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Green Bay Packaging Expands Operations In Illinois

Downers Grove, IL – October 16, 2018 – Green Bay Packaging (GBP) is set to break ground for the construction of a new 170,000 square foot complex. Downers Grove was chosen as a central location to serve the Chicagoland area and allow for future growth of the business.

View full press release HERE

© November 2018 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Green Bay Packaging Inc. Breaks Ground on New Green Bay Mill

Commemorating the Largest Business Development Project in Brown County History
GREEN BAY, WI – Just two months after announcing plans to replace its current, 71-year-old Green Bay Paper Mill, leaders from Green Bay Packaging Inc. formally broke ground on constructing the first new paper mill in the State of Wisconsin in over 30 years. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, City of Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, and Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach joined the company to mark the beginning of the largest business development project in the history of Brown County, Wisconsin.
View Full Press Release  HERE

© August 2018 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Green Bay Packaging Inc. Selects Voith as Full Process Line Supplier for New Green Bay Paper Mill

Asset will Significantly Increase Company’s Production and Product Quality Capabilities

GREEN BAY, WI – Green Bay Packaging Inc. has selected Voith to supply a full line of equipment for its new paper mill in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The new mill, showcasing cutting edge technology, will be operational in 2021.

View full press release HERE

© August 2018 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Plan to Construct New State-of-the-Art Paper Mill

GREEN BAY, WI – June 12, 2018 – Green Bay Packaging Inc. confirmed plans to replace its 71-year-old Green Bay Paper Mill with a new, state-of-the-art facility. The over $500 million investment will be the largest business development project in both Brown County and Green Bay Packaging company history. The new Green Bay Mill will be the first new paper mill in the State of Wisconsin in over 30 years.

View full press release HERE

© August 2018 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Green Bay Packaging Inc. Continues Expansion with the Acquisition of Grand Traverse Container, Inc.

GREEN BAY, WI – August 1, 2018 – Green Bay Packaging Inc. (GBP), announced that it has acquired Grand Traverse Container, Inc (GTC).  The acquisition was effective July 27, 2018.

View full press release HERE

© August 2018 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Green Bay Packaging Inc. Announces Acquisition of Wisconsin Packaging Corp.

GREEN BAY, WI – May 31, 2018 – Green Bay Packaging Inc. announced the acquisition of Wisconsin Packaging Corp., a corrugated sheet plant in Fort Atkinson, WI. Wisconsin Packaging Corp. was founded in 1986 and will operate as part of Green Bay Packaging Inc. The acquisition is effective May 31, 2018.

See full Press Release HERE

© May 2018 Green Bay Packaging Inc


GBP Wins Manufacturing Awards of Distinction

Green Bay Packaging accepted this year’s 2017 Manufacturing Awards of Distinction presented by the Greater Green Bay Chamber and Advance, its economic development department. The Chamber is a convener, bringing together resources to enhance economic, workforce and community development. They are the champions of business development for Greater Green Bay.

“We are thrilled to be recognized among the best companies in our region,” said Will Kress, President and CEO of Green Bay Packaging. “Our team is truly focused on delivering great customer service by running safe, clean and extremely efficient Manufacturing Operations across the country.   We can do this by continually re-investing in our operations and employing and empowering the best workforce.”

View Press Release HERE

© February 2018 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Green Bay Packaging Announces An All New State Of The Art Container Board Machine

Green Bay Packaging (GBP) has announced that it is in the first phase of evaluating construction of a new, state of the art recycled containerboard machine at its location in Green Bay Wisconsin. The 220” machine would be operational in 2020 and would replace the Company’s existing 164” trim machine, originally constructed in 1950. The investment would increase GBP’s recycled containerboard capacity by over 70%.

View Press Release HERE

© November 2017 Green Bay Packaging Inc