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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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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