Green Bay Packaging Inc. to Acquire MidCon Holdings, LLC

GREEN BAY, WI – October 31, 2014 – Green Bay Packaging Inc. announced the acquisition of Great Lakes Packaging Corporation and Midland Container Corporation from MidCon Holdings, LLC, an Arbor Investment Company.  The acquisition is effective October 31, 2014 and terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“The acquisition of Great Lakes Packaging and Midland Container, collectively known as MidCon, is an excellent fit for Green Bay Packaging.  MidCon is a perfect fit geographically, strategically and most important from a leadership and cultural approach to their business,” Green Bay Packaging’s President and CEO, Will Kress stated.  “The acquisition allows us to grow our company, adding two organizations that have an excellent reputation for service and quality, and who run their operations with a similar business philosophy as ours.”

GBP Executive Vice President Bryan Hollenbach added, “The MidCon acquisition strengthens our point of purchase printing and display capabilities, broadens our reach into new markets, and provides us the potential to expand our presence with current customers.  It also provides us with a dedicated workforce under great management.”

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© October 2014 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Green Bay Packaging, Inc. Invests in New Press Section for Arkansas Kraft Division

GREEN BAY, WI – July 11, 2014 – Green Bay Packaging Inc. (GBP) announced that it is moving forward with a press section replacement for PM1 at its Arkansas Kraft Division in Morrilton Arkansas.  The $30 million project will include a new large nip press in the first press position, followed by a new shoe press in the second press position.  In addition, the project will include significant infrastructure upgrades to the press section framework and structural supports.  These PM1 upgrades will increase production by over 13% and significantly improve efficiency when running lightweight liner-board and medium.

The company is partnering with Voith Paper for equipment supply, and Robins & Morton for engineering services.  The press section replacement is scheduled for completion in July 2015, with an estimated downtime of 24 days.

Arkansas Kraft is an integrated, two machine, virgin mill, that produces between 420-440 thousand tons of paper per year.  Over the last five years, Green Bay Packaging has made significant investments in the mill including a new Paperchine base headbox in 2012, an above ground electrical power distribution system in 2012, and a Voith recycled-fiber-plant in 2011.  In addition to the press section replacement, GBP anticipates installing a new natural gas boiler in 2015.

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© October 2014 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Green Bay Mill to Host Green Bay Explorers Tour

Green Bay Packaging Green Bay Mill Division is hosting the Green Bay Engineering and Technology Career Explorers group February 3, 2014, for an educational tour focusing on environmental engineering, education, and career opportunities.

The Green Bay Engineering and Technology Career Explorers, started in September 2013, is a Learning for Life career education program for young adults ages 14 (who have completed 8th grade) through 20. The program was created with the purpose of giving information about careers and mentoring of the engineering fields through hands-on projects, guest speakers, tours and discussions. The group meets twice a month throughout the school year with qualified, successful men and women in the field.

“Participation in programs like this has helped students obtain college endorsements and an increased opportunity to secure a job in this field after graduation,” said Nancy Quirk, Explorer Adviser, and General Manager at Green Bay Water Utility.

Green Bay Packaging, along with other Green Bay area companies and utilities, is a founding member of the local program. For more information about the program, visit http://exploring.learningforlife.org/services/career-exploring/engineering/.

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© January 2014 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Green Bay Packaging Awarded Fourth Consecutive Green Master Designation

Green Bay Packaging Wisconsin operations were recognized as a Green Master for the fourth consecutive year at the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Annual Conference Dec. 13, 2013.

GBP, specifically its Wisconsin divisions, is one of a select group of companies to earn the Green Master designation, the highest tier in the Green Masters Program, established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.  As a Green Master, GBP performed actions in nine sustainability areas, including energy, water, waste and social actions, and scored in the top twenty percent of all participating companies.

The conference, held this year at Lands’ End headquarters in Dodgeville, Wis., is the only conference in Wisconsin designed specifically for direct business-to-business sharing of sustainability achievements. The conference saw a record attendance, with 345 attendees and 167 companies participating in the program.

For more information on the Green Masters Program and the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, visit http://www.wisconsinsustainability.com/green-masters/

To view the press release, click here.

© January 2014 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Kalamazoo Division Achieves British Retail Consortium Global Standards Certification

Green Bay, Wis. – Green Bay Packaging’s Kalamazoo Container Division recently achieved the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards certification, a leading global quality and food safety certification program.

Upon completion of the rigorous auditing process, the Kalamazoo Division received an “A” grade certification for Packaging, with the scope of the certification including the manufacture of printed and non-printed corrugated containers, display cases and sheets.

 “The meticulous process required to achieve certification to the BRC Standard, has made GBP-Kalamazoo a better supplier to all of our customers,” said Greg Fleming, Kalamazoo Quality Manager.

The BRC Global Standards are well-respected and widely used by suppliers and retailers worldwide, aiding in standardizing quality, safety, operational criteria and manufacturers’ fulfillment of legal obligations. The Packaging and Packaging Materials standard is also recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

 “We have a dedicated team at GBP-Kalamazoo that strives to exceed customer expectations,” said Dan Murphy, Kalamazoo General Manager. “Achieving BRC Certification is another example of our efforts to be a world-class corrugated packaging company.”  

Benefits of BRC Certification

Achieving certification against the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety assures customers that they are dealing with a company that reaches high levels of competence in all critical areas. Customers know the company is monitoring and continually improving product quality and safety as well as ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and governmental regulations.

© August 2013 Green Bay Packaging Inc


ProGreen® Featured in Global Green USA Video on Recyclable Box Testing

ProGreen®, Green Bay Packaging’s innovative wax-alternative coating process, was recently featured in a video released by Global Green USA. The video details the result of their 2012 pilots to test recyclable produce boxes.

Global Green USA teamed up with the Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) to test wax-alternatives such as ProGreen®. The wax-alternative coated boxes were tested with a variety of wet cooling processes, such as vacuum cooling, hydro-vac, and hydro-cooling processes.

To view the video on the Global Green USA YouTube Channel, click here.

To view the Global Green USA press release about the video, click here.

© January 2013 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Green Bay Packaging Receives Third Consecutive Green Master Award

Green Bay Packaging Wisconsin operations were recognized as a Green Master for the third consecutive year at the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Annual Conference Dec. 7, 2012.

GBP, to include all Wisconsin divisions, scored in the top 20 percent of the objective points-based program, which recognizes Wisconsin’s sustainability leaders and encourages continuous improvement in areas including energy, water, waste and social actions.

“We appreciate the teamwork of customers, suppliers and GBP staff that has contributed to our continuous improvement in sustainability,” said Lisa Bauer Lotto, Director of Environmental and Sustainability Programs.

The conference, held at American Family Insurance Headquarters in Madison, Wis., is the only conference in Wisconsin designed specifically for direct business-to-business sharing of sustainability experiences.

The WI Sustainable Business Council is a network of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are actively involved, or just interested in, the challenge of sustainability and corporate responsibility. The council works to educate businesses and organizations in Wisconsin about sustainability, and brings together companies with similar sustainability goals.

For more information on the Green Masters Program and the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, www.bus.wisc.edu/sustainability/council/recognitionprograms/.

To view the press release, click here.

© December 2012 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Arkansas Kraft Mill Featured in Paper360 November/December Issue

The Green Bay Packaging Arkansas Kraft Mill was featured in the Paper360 magazine’s November/December 2012 issue, in an article titled “Proud to be a Papermaker: Achieving Zero Landfill of Fiber.”

The article highlights the Mill’s closed-loop recycling project using state-of-the-art equipment and an innovative process which helped them become one of the first mills to achieve zero-landfill of fiber collected from the waste treatment system.

To view the article starting on page 8, please click the link below.

Proud to be a Papermaker: Achieving Zero Landfill of Fiber

© December 2012 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Green Bay Packaging Honored with 2012 AF&PA Sustainability Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Bay Packaging honored with National Sustainability Award for fiber reclaim project

WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 12, 2012 (Press Release) – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented Green Bay Packaging with one of its inaugural Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Awards at the association’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 9 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives, awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories. This year, Green Bay Packaging was honored with the “Innovation in Sustainability” award for the “Fiber Reclaim Project” at its Arkansas Kraft mill.

“As the first ‘Innovation’ award winner, Green Bay Packaging has set a high bar for future applicants by achieving 100 percent fiber yield recovery in their Arkansas facility,” said Harman. “When we first envisioned the Sustainability Awards program, this is the kind of amazing work that we were hoping to uncover, and I believe this is the first of many innovative projects to come from our members.”

An industry first of technology and process innovation, the Arkansas Kraft Division achieved 100 percent fiber yield recovery from the waste system, with the recovered fiber being either recycled in the mill for linerboard production or sold to other facilities for their production. As a result, the mill has accomplished zero-landfill of fiber collected in the mill waste treatment system.

“We are honored to be the first ‘Innovation in Sustainability’ award winner recognized by AF&PA,” said Green Bay Packaging Executive Vice President Bryan Hollenbach. “The results of this innovative project show what’s possible when you’re willing to think strategically and creatively, and we hope to continue this approach at Green Bay Packaging as we move forward with our sustainability program.”

Released earlier this year, AF&PA’s 2012 Sustainability Report highlights the significant, measurable progress the U.S. paper, pulp, and wood products industry has made toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals. This is one of the most extensive collections of quantifiable sustainability goals for a major U.S. manufacturing industry, and the new awards program recognizes projects and efforts that contribute to reaching those goals and furthering innovation in sustainability.

Each year, AF&PA member company applicants are considered in two categories – “Innovation in Sustainability” and “Leaders in Sustainability” – with six “Leaders” subcategories: Paper Recovery for Recycling, Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Certified Fiber, Illegal Logging, Safety, and Water. Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the “Leaders” category; projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices but that do not specifically address one of these goals may be recognized in the “Innovation” category.

For more information about the Sustainability Awards program and AF&PA’s Better Practices initiative, visit www.afandpa.org/sustainability.

About AF&PA

The American Forest & Paper Association is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners. Our companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources that sustain the environment. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Industry companies produce about $190 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org.

About Green Bay Packaging Inc.

Started in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-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. is dedicated to innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on quality, sustainability and continuous improvement throughout all of its manufacturing facilities in 14 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com.

 

© November 2012 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Green Bay Packaging Featured in Global Sustainability TV Series

September 13, 2012

Green Bay Packaging and the company’s commitment to environmental and sustainable stewardship was featured by Global Sustainability TV, a production hosted by former supermodel Kim Alexis. The series was created to educate the community about environmental sustainability initiatives of both individuals and companies.

Green Bay Packaging was chosen to participate in the episode about “Industry Leaders Pioneering the Future of Environmental Sustainability.” The video highlights Green Bay Packaging’s commitment to quality, innovation and sustainability, which included the Green Bay Mill’s closed-water-loop system and using 100% recycled fiber, as well as the Arkansas Kraft Mill’s use of biomass, waste-to-energy and sustainable forestry initiatives.

“Innovation and teamwork is what allows Green Bay Packaging to put the green in packaging,” said Lisa Bauer Lotto, Director of Environmental & Sustainability Programs at Green Bay Packaging.

To view the video on GBP’s Sustainability webpage, please click here.

About Green Bay Packaging Inc.

Started in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-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. is dedicated to innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on quality, sustainability and continuous improvement throughout all of its manufacturing facilities in 14 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com.

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© September 2012 Green Bay Packaging Inc