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