Green Bay Packaging Awarded Fifth Consecutive Green Master Designation

Green Bay Packaging (GBP) Wisconsin operations were recognized as a Green Master for the fifth consecutive year at the 7th Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Annual Conference.

GBP produces corrugated shipping containers, 100% post-consumer recycled paper, pressure sensitive label stock and folding cartons as part of its Wisconsin operations. GBP was selected for the exclusive group of companies to earn a Green Master award, the highest tier in the Green Masters Program, established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. As a Green Master, GBP performed commendable actions in nine sustainability areas, including energy, water, waste and social actions, and scored in the top twenty percent of all participating companies.

“Green Bay Packaging has been a part of our program since its inception in 2009. They have shown remarkable progress every single year, and continue to be one of our highest scoring companies across each of the nine sustainability categories,” stated Thomas Eggert, Executive Director of Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. “Well done!”

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© December 2014 Green Bay Packaging Inc


Green Bay Packaging Coated Products Division Awarded Supplier Award for Environmental Leadership

The Coated Products Division of Green Bay Packaging received the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI) Supplier Award for Environmental Leadership at the association’s annual meeting held in Dana Point, CA.

This prestigious award distinguishes companies that have consistently demonstrated a commitment to progressive environmental practices across a range of areas including solid waste reduction, recycling, waste or energy recovery, the implementation of new ‘clean’ technology and/or processes, and the implementation of an education program.

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© November 2014 Green Bay Packaging Inc


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