Green Bay Packaging Plans to Increase Production with New Paper Mill

Will Kress, president and CEO of Green Bay Packaging, stands outside the new paper mill under construction at Radisson and Quincy streets. Construction of the $500 million paper mill, the first new mill in the state in decades, started in September 2018 and will be finished in March 2021.

GREEN BAY – In a recent interview with Jeff Bollier of the Green Bay Press Gazette, Green Bay Packaging CEO Will Kress described the company’s plans to increase production with a brand new, state-of-the-art, paper mill in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The new mill is set to replace the original mill that was constructed in the 1940s.


Kress highlights the necessity for the new mill by saying “We need the paper… we’ve gotta have production. We’re so busy we’ve sold all the inventory we had built up. We can’t even take on new customers”.
The new paper mill, which has cost over $500 million to build, is the largest single development project in the history of Brown County.


Bollier goes on in his interview to learn more about the bigger picture of Green Bay Packaging’s expansion. This included not only the expansion project in Green Bay, but also other expansion projects in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Fort Worth, Texas.

Kress notes part of the reason for building in Green Bay is the fact that the company did not want to leave its current employees without work, “We have great employees at the mill. If they were out of work, that’d bother me and the family … We’ve been lucky with the workforce here. They’re great, loyal employees”.


Bollier also highlights the ins and outs of the project, the legacy of Green Bay Packaging, and the partnerships with Miron Construction and Voith on the mill project.

Click here to read the entire article by Jeff Bollier on the Green Bay Press Gazette website.

About Green Bay Packaging

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

The National Recycling Coalition Recognizes Green Bay Packaging with Outstanding Business Leadership Award

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. 

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Green Bay Packaging Inc. Continues Expansion with the Acquisition of Third Dimension Inc.

GREEN BAY, WI – October 1, 2020 – Green Bay Packaging Inc. (GBP), announced that it has acquired Third Dimension Inc. The acquisition is effective October 1, 2020.

Third Dimension (TD) Inc was founded in 1991 by Louis DeJesus and Jeanette DeJesus. TD has an excellent reputation in the marketplace for corrugated packaging innovation, molded foam packaging, 4 color digital printing and superior customer service. By putting their customers at the center of all decisions, TD has consistently grown at a rate faster than the industry. TD is headquartered in Geneva, Ohio and has operations in Middlefield, Ohio and services Ohio, Virginia, and Kentucky.

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New “Super Plant” Construction to Begin in Tulsa

Green Bay Packaging Inc. (GBP) announced they will begin construction of a new 550,000 sq. ft.
corrugator plant in Tulsa Oklahoma. Construction on the site is set to begin on September 1, 2020 and
start up operation is scheduled for October 2021.
The new “super plant” will be replacing GBP’s current 180,000 sq. ft corrugator plant in Tulsa. GBP has
operated a plant in Tulsa 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 Oklahoma.” Said Will Kress,
President and CEO of GBP. “The Tulsa 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 Tulsa.”
The Tulsa announcement is another step in the continued growth and expansion of GBP. Over the last
24 months, GBP completed substantial expansions of their Green Bay Shipping Container and
Minneapolis Shipping Container plants. They have installed a new 110” BHS corrugator in Green Bay
and installed new high speed and high graphic lines in multiple plants across the country. GBP built and
started up a new 175,000 sq. ft sales, marketing and distribution center in Downers Grove Illinois earlier
this year. They also secured a minority ownership position of the leading digital printing company,
Company Box.
“We believe in this industry and our employees and customers”, said Bryan Hollenbach, Executive Vice
President of GBP. “Our new paper mill is tracking right on time with a projected startup in the first
quarter of 2021. The new Tulsa operation is a significant investment in our personnel and the future of
this business. It is a fun time to be working for GBP.”
“We partnered with an excellent, local General Contractor – Crossland Construction”, added Ryan
Boegh, VP/GM of GBP’s Tulsa division. “We are extremely excited to expand our business to the next
level of growth in the Greater Tulsa Region. The combination of our people, the community, and our
loyal customers have allowed us to take this next step.”
About Green Bay Packaging, Inc.
Founded 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, pressuresensitive 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

GBP New Recycle Mill Already Cutting Emissions

“We are no longer powered by coal-fired boilers, we are now all on natural gas,” Hollenbach said. “That is a major milestone and it happened on the exact day we planned it.”

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Green Bay Packaging Inc. Partners with CompanyBox.

GREEN BAY, WI – November 22, 2019 –

Green Bay Packaging Inc. (GBP), announced that it has become a minority owner of CompanyBox. The investment was effective November 22, 2019.
CompanyBox was formed in 2014 by Louie DeJesus and the DeJesus family. They utilize proprietary workflow processes and software to be one of the few companies in the US to have truly mastered the web to print in packaging. CompanyBox is ahead of the curve in their ability to customize, sell and service through the internet. The company is headquartered in Charlotte NC.

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Green Bay Packaging Wins 2019 AF&PA Sustainability Award for Water

Recognized for Water Reduction Achievements at Green Bay Mill

“By maximizing water reuse and recycling, Green Bay Packaging minimized their environmental footprint per ton of paper production, optimized energy savings and benefited their community by being a responsible water steward,” said AF&PA President and CEO Heidi Brock.

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Green Bay Packaging Receives Green Masters Sustainability Designation 9 Consecutive Years

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.

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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.

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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