Voith completes successful start-up of complete paper production line to Green Bay Packaging in Wisconsin

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On March 11, 2021, Green Bay Packaging started operating its new PM4 production line. The facility located near the headquarters of the family-owned company in Green Bay, Wisconsin is a groundbreaking project in several respects. The testliner machine is the first new paper mill built in Wisconsin in over 30 years, creating numerous new jobs in the Lake Michigan region. Moreover, it is the first time in the history of the U.S. that a single company was awarded the contract to supply a complete production line for the paper industry: Voith.

The scope of supply of Project WolfPack includes a BlueLine stock preparation line including the wet end process, the XcelLine paper machine, a VariFlex Performance winder and reject handling system. The supplied effluent treatment plant for wastewater treatment rounds off the scope of supply. The overall package includes a multi-year roll and clothing servicing agreement for all sections of the paper machine. Voith also supplied the MCS, DCS and QCS automation solutions.

Since the project was implemented by a single vendor within the scope of a full-line supplier approach, there were no interface problems in any of the project phases. “At all points during the course of the project, we were confident that continuity between all operational segments was being achieved. It was a smooth process to integrate the many components to this mill. We had one supplier to call and Voith pulled this together very effectively,” emphasizes Jonathon Gates, Project Manager at Green Bay Packaging.

Johannes Rimpf, who accompanied the construction of the facility and start-up in his capacity as Voith Project Manager, also underlines this aspect: “Green Bay Packaging has been given a plant from a single source that is nevertheless precisely tailored to the customer’s requirements.” The accurate matching of all components to one another also ensures optimum plant performance.

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