Green Bay Mill is Setting A New Standard for Net Zero Water Use


Jeff Bollier, a journalist at the Green Bay Press-Gazette, recently highlighted the net-zero water validation from UL achieved by the Green Bay Mill division of Green Bay Packaging. Since the new mill began construction in 2018, Green Bay Packaging has been focused on establishing the new standard in water use for the packaging industry.

The mill accomplished this goal by partnering with NEW Water, Green Bay’s area wastewater utilities, and support from the city and county. Before paper mills were some of the heaviest users of energy, wood, and water, but sustainability efforts such as this one have shown a shift in the industry. Green Bay Packaging was one of the first pioneers of this shift when in the early 1990s the Green Bay Mill implemented it’s closed-loop water system.

Matthew Szymanski, Vice President of Mill Operations said “Environmental stewardship has always been in Green Bay Packaging’s DNA. Every generation, we continue to add into our recipe of environmental stewardship”.

In his article, Bollier goes on to explain how the mill takes a slurry that’s 99% water and 1% fiber and turns it into container board. This container board is the product that gets used in point of purchase displays, folding cartons, and all the products that Green Bay Packaging develops at it’s 35+ locations.

To read the entire article visit Green Bay Press Gazette’s website.

About Green Bay Packaging, Inc. 

Established in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated manufacturing company consisting of corrugated container plants, a folding carton facility, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label roll stock plants, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging is dedicated to the innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on safety, sustainability, quality, and continuous improvement throughout all 37 facilities in 16 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com 

Net-Zero Water Validation Achieved by Green Bay Packaging

GREEN BAY, WI, February 22, 2022 – Green Bay Packaging announced today that the Green Bay mill achieved Net-Zero Water in its production of 100% recycled containerboard paper, the first-ever UL with validation of this environmental claim. Water is a vital community resource and Green Bay Packaging is committed to industry leading sustainable water use. 

“Environmental sustainability has always been at the core of Green Bay Packaging’s values. Our goal is to operate the most environmentally friendly mill system in the United States, with water quality in our communities a primary focus,” says Green Bay Packaging President and CEO, William Kress. 

The Net-Zero Water system at the Green Bay mill reduces water demand through use of reclaimed water and alternative water sources, offsetting the need for freshwater consumption. The goal in achieving “net-zero water” is to transform a water-intense process into a more efficient process, returning more water to the water source than has been removed.  

“Green Bay Packaging has been a strong stakeholder in developing a rigorous procedure for assessing site water balance,” said William Hoffman, research scientist in UL’s Retail and Consumer Products group. “By achieving Net-Zero Water Use based on the UL Environmental Claim Validation Procedure, Green Bay Packaging has demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and preserving water resources for future use. “ 

UL, the global safety leader, established the first industrial global standard of its kind with the UL 1397, Environment Validation Claim Procedure for Net-Zero Water, published January 27, 2022. Green Bay Packaging’s implemented water-use strategy to minimize the impact of water use on the watershed and increase water resiliency, parallels the net-zero concept. 

“The net-zero water system is an investment in water technology that benefits community water resources while providing sustainable product innovation for our packaging customers and consumers. Establishing a reclaimed water loop with the local municipal wastewater utility is an integral circular economy innovation into our papermaking process,” says Green Bay Packaging’s Director of Environment and Sustainability, Lisa Bauer-Lotto. 

The US EPA considers circularity of net-zero water a green infrastructure with significant potential. Green Bay Packaging took the first steps in water consumption conservation in 1963 and became a pioneer in ‘closing-the-loop’. This led to a fully closed water system as a semi-chemical pulping mill in 1972. The closed-loop water system was rebuilt when the mill converted to a 100% recycled paper production in 1992. The Green Bay Packaging legacy of water stewardship continues with the new Green Bay mill that began production in 2021 with its first-of-a-kind, circular reclaim water systems that reduce the amount of water use per ton of paper production and fosters a net-zero water system. 

About Green Bay Packaging, Inc. 

Established in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated manufacturing company consisting of corrugated container plants, a folding carton facility, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label roll stock plants, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging is dedicated to the innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on safety, sustainability, quality, and continuous improvement throughout all 37 facilities in 16 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com 

Acumatica Customer of the Year Award Presented to Green Bay Packaging

January 24, 2022 – At Acumatica Summit 2022, Green Bay Packaging was presented with the Acumatica Customer of the Year Award. This award is presented to a customer whose company has strong core values and is doing work that aligns with those values both internally and externally in the communities they are a part of. Green Bay Packaging’s CFO Robert Kim said “Acumatica’s modern, agile platform ensures we can focus on safety, sustainability, quality and continuous improvement throughout all of our facilities.”

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New ‘Super Plant’ to be built in Fort Worth, TX

Green Bay Packaging, Fort Worth, Press Release

Green Bay Packaging Inc. (GBP) announced they will begin construction of a new 600,000 square foot ‘Super Plant’ corrugator plant in Fort Worth, Texas.  Construction on the site is set to begin in the first quarter of 2022 and startup operation is scheduled for the second quarter of 2023.

The new “super-plant” will be replacing GBP’s current 200,000 square foot corrugator plant in Fort Worth.  GBP has operated a plant in Fort Worth for over 50 years.  The new plant will be equipped with a new 110” Fosber corrugator and all new state-of-the-art high-speed flexo folder gluers and rotary die cutters. 

“We are excited to continue to invest in our employees and customers of Ft. Worth.”  Said Will Kress, President, and CEO of GBP.   “The Fort Worth operation is an important part of GBP, and the leadership and employees of this division are second to none.  We believe in investing in our people and our loyal customers, and we are looking forward to the next phase in Fort Worth.”

The Fort Worth announcement is another step in the continued growth and expansion of GBP.  Over the last 12 months, GBP completed the startup and full production of the Green Bay Recycled Paper Mill, startup of a 550,000 square foot box plant in Tulsa, Ok.; is in the process of a 370,000 square foot expansion of its state of the art Folding Carton operation and is doubling the size of the newly acquired Third Dimension sheet plant, located in Geneva Ohio.  This is coming off significant expansions of their Green Bay and Minneapolis box plants, and the building of a new sales, marketing and distribution center in Downers Grove, Illinois.   They continue to install new high-speed converting and high-end graphic lines in multiple plants across the country. 

“We are committed to this industry, our employees, and customers”, said Bryan Hollenbach, Executive Vice President of GBP.   “We continue to invest at a high level and work hard to make GBP a great place to work and build a career.  It is a fun time to be working for GBP.” 

“We are fortunate to partner with customers that value the quality and service provided by our dedicated team in Fort Worth. This new operation will unite the most modern equipment with our extremely talented employees to deliver a wide range of capabilities with the highest level of quality and service to our customers”, added Rob Schroeder, VP/GM of GBP’s Fort Worth division.

About Green Bay Packaging, Inc.

Established in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated manufacturing company consisting of corrugated container plants, a folding carton facility, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label roll stock plants, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging is dedicated to the innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on safety, sustainability, quality, and continuous improvement throughout all 37 facilities in 16 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com

Green Bay Packaging Attains Green Master Status for 12th Consecutive Year



Green Bay, WI (December 2021)The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council has named Green Bay Packaging a Green Master within its Green Masters Program. Recognizing sustainable actions by businesses from across the state of Wisconsin, the Green Masters program works to identify businesses that have taken at least one action within each of the nine pillars of sustainability.  Participants in the program receive recognition for their sustainability accomplishments and develop ideas for future sustainability actions.

In 2021, Green Bay Packaging began operation of a new $500 million state-of-the-art paper mill with first-in-industry energy-saving technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions per ton paper production and zero direct discharge of water to the Fox River. The project is the first of its size in Wisconsin to reclaim treated water from an adjoining sewerage district.

“This world-class mill design provides ‘sustainable product innovation’ on a holistic scale by doubling the facility’s capacity for paper recycling, reclaiming and recycling water in a circular system to reduce impacts to local water sources, utilizing energy efficiencies to reduce greenhouse gases, implementing process efficiencies that reduce waste generation, and using mixed paper material input for an increased circular fiber economy that diverts more office paper from landfills,” says Corporate Environment and Sustainability Director, Lisa Bauer-Lotto.

Green Bay Packaging strives for achievements and continuous improvement in sustainability programs to advance sustainability stewardship within our operations and value chain.  Since inception and as a pilot company of the Green Masters Program, Green Bay Packaging has implemented systems in core sustainability areas to accomplish awareness, key performance indicator transparency, and improvements across our company.

The Green Masters Program is an objective, points-based recognition, assessment, and certification program that enables Wisconsin businesses of all sizes and from any sector to join a group of like-minded companies working towards sustainability. The program has established three levels of participation:  “Green Apprentice,” “Green Professional,” and “Green Master.” Green Bay Packaging joined the program as a Green Master in 2010. Each year at the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Conference, the current top 20 percent of companies that applied during the calendar year are identified and recognized as the Green Masters level companies.

Green Bay Packaging was recognized by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council for the twelfth consecutive year in 2021. This award emphasizes our dedication to sustainability initiatives and achievements throughout our operations while pursuing business excellence.

https://www.wisconsinsustainability.com/greenmasters

“The Green Masters Program is a tool for businesses to assess and grow their sustainability programs, to benchmark against their industry and to receive a third part certification recognizing their achievements in sustainability,” says WSBC’s managing director, Jessy Servi Ortiz.

Established in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated manufacturing company consisting of corrugated container plants, a folding carton facility, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label roll stock plants, timberlands, a paper slitting operation, specialty converting operations, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, WI., Green Bay Packaging is dedicated to the innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on safety, sustainability, quality, and continuous improvement throughout all 37 facilities in 14 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit https://gbp.com

The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s (WSBC) mission is to advance sustainable principles and practices forward through the power of business. We support businesses and sustainability professionals through an array of programming, education, resources and tools and are a catalyst for businesses looking to integrate sustainability into the fabric of their organization and be a force for good. We are a network of businesses integrating sustainability into business operations at a time when the business case for sustainability (defined in terms of people, planet and profit) has never been stronger. Find us on the web at www.wisconsinsustainability.com.

About Green Bay Packaging, Inc.

Established in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated manufacturing company consisting of corrugated container plants, a folding carton facility, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label roll stock plants, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging is dedicated to the innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on safety, sustainability, quality, and continuous improvement throughout all 37 facilities in 16 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com

First in Wisconsin: Reclaimed Water System in Northeast Wisconsin Launched



Unique Circular Reclaimed Water System Online at Green Bay
Packaging Paper Mill


(Brown County, Wis.) – Brown County, the City of Green Bay, Green Bay Packaging, and NEW
Water are happy to announce that a first-of-its-kind, circular reclaimed water system at the
new Green Bay Paper Mill is online.


“This investment sends a strong message to the community that Green Bay Packaging is
committed to Brown County and protecting our water quality,” says Brown County Executive
Troy Streckenbach.


This unique reclaimed water system is the first in the state of Wisconsin and the country. It
allows the mill to operate with the water it needs without discharging a single drop of
wastewater into the Fox River. Their wastewater is discharged to NEW Water, the brand of
the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, where it is treated and returned back to the
company through an underground piping system.


“Creative solutions like this will be critical to the future of protecting water,” said Tom
Sigmund, Executive Director of NEW Water. “This initiative represents sustainability in
action, and we are proud to be a part of it.”


“In addition to safety, environmental sustainability has always been at the core of Green Bay
Packaging’s values. Our goal is to operate the most environmentally friendly mill in the
United States. Water cleanliness in the Fox River watershed is one of our primary focuses
with our sustainability efforts,” says Green Bay Packaging Vice President – Mill Operations,
Matt Szymanski.


The new Green Bay Packaging recycled paper mill started production in March of this year.
The expanded production capabilities of the new mill are a great economic benefit to
Northeast Wisconsin, while significantly reducing the environmental footprint of the
operation. The new mill operates within a state-of-the-art complex that utilizes methane from
the biological reactor to offset natural gas demand, operates with the most energy efficient
papermaking equipment available, and recycles water with a leading edge reclaimed water
system.


In 2018, Brown County invested $5 million to create the Fox River Papermaking Corridor,
allowing for the retention of hundreds of family-supporting jobs, creating a thousand new
construction jobs, providing environmental benefits to our community, and making highspeed Internet available to papermaking facilities and their subsidiaries in the whole
corridor.


You can watch a brief video at this link: https://youtu.be/Buz8YWsUyFM

About Green Bay Packaging, Inc.

Established in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a family-owned, vertically integrated manufacturing company consisting of corrugated container plants, a folding carton facility, recycled and virgin linerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label roll stock plants, specialty converting operations, timberlands, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging is dedicated to the innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on safety, sustainability, quality, and continuous improvement throughout all 37 facilities in 16 states. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com

AF&PA Announces Award‐Winning Sustainability Projects

AF&PA Announces Award‐Winning Sustainability Projects
Eight member companies recognized for outstanding efforts to improve workplace safety and
the environment.

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Green Bay Packaging First In Paper Industry to Achieve SFI® Small Lands Group Certification Module

Green Bay Packaging SFI Small Lands Group Certification Announcement

(Green Bay, WI) – Green Bay Packaging (GBP) is the first in the paper industry to achieve the SFI® Small Lands Group Certification Module. This certification is a collaboration between the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and the American Forest Foundation (AFF) which aims to certify more family and other small land holders for their sustainable forestry efforts.

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Green Bay Packaging New Recycled Paper Mill Begins Production

Project WolfPack represents the largest project in Brown County history.

Green Bay Packaging Inc. is proud to announce that the first reel of paper was produced at its new paper mill in Green Bay, WI on March 11, 2021.  This significant milestone comes two and a half years after breaking ground. This success is the first step to reaching full production capacity.  The $500+ million investment has had a profound, positive impact on Northeast Wisconsin’s economy and the environment. The new mill is in Green Bay at the mouth of the Fox River south of the Leo Frigo Bridge. 

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