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April 20th, 2022 Newsletter

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GBIG NEWS | 71 Stories and Links on the Internet 4/20/2022


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Florence, WI: 17th Annual SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY CONFERENCE: Scott Bowe Professor of Wood Products Presentation.

The Green Bay Innovation Group attended the 17th Annual Forestry Sustainable Conference in Florence, meeting up with Scott Bowe – UW Madison Wood Products. 

Neway Packaging Corp. Continues its
Aggressive Growth and Expansion into New Markets


The new De Pere, Wisconsin addition adds 28,000 square feet to the existing 8,000 square feet. This new space will allow for more customers to use the just-in-time delivery capabilities of Neway.  

Neway Packaging prides themselves on being a solution-oriented partner. Whether you are starting a new business and need beautifully branded or stock packaging and low-cost equipment, to an established manufacturer looking to fully automate and re-brand your product, they have the expertise and experience to make their business partners goals a reality. Along with equipment specialists, they have a team of product and design consultants available to help you obtain the right packaging material at the right price for your application. The options in designing custom packaging is endless.

About Neway Packaging

Since 1977, Neway Packaging has been committed to partnering with our customers for mutual success and growth. We accomplish this by providing quality products, innovative solutions, excellent customer service, experienced equipment specialists, custom box and packaging solutions and a team of dedicated professionals.



Contact: Kristine Pavletich | Director of Corporate Communications | 920-751-1015

NEENAH, Wis. (April 6, 2022) – Menasha Corporation announces the appointment of Kimberly Underhill to its  board effective May 1, 2022. Underhill brings a wealth of strategic leadership experience in the consumer packaged goods industry. She recently retired from Kimberly-Clark Corporation following a 32-year career that  culminated in the role of Group President of its largest business unit, Kimberly-Clark North America. Earlier in  her Kimberly-Clark career, Underhill held various marketing, supply chain, and research and engineering  positions before progressing to executive leadership roles that included Global President of Kimberly-Clark’s  business-to-business unit and President of its European consumer business. 

Underhill works with the Boston Consulting Group and also serves on the boards of Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL),  and ThedaCare, a healthcare system headquartered in Neenah, Wis. 

About Menasha Corporation Menasha Corporation is a leading corrugated and plastic packaging manufacturer and supply chain solutions  provider specializing in retail merchandising packaging and displays, plastic reusable containers and pallets,  protective packaging interiors, and packaging supply chain and fulfillment services. Menasha Corporation’s  products and services are used by major food, beverage, consumer products, industrial/automotive, health and  beauty, over-the-counter pharmaceutical, and electronics companies. Established in 1849, Menasha Corporation  is one of America’s oldest privately held, family-owned manufacturing companies. Headquartered in Neenah,  Wisconsin, the company employs approximately 6,400 employees in 120 facilities in North America and Europe.  For more information, visit

Industry 4.0

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Event Timeline:
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Boxed lunches and networking at 11:30 a.m., presentation at noon, followed by Q&A

Wipfli LLP

469 Security Blvd. Green Bay, WI  54313

by Thursday, May 13, 2022

For questions, please contact Sara Funk at 920.662.2862

Summary and Learning Objectives

Your production facility is a data gold mine and knowing the state of your operations in real-time empowers resources across the organization to make more informed, proactive decisions.  Industry 4.0 promises to transform the way that manufacturers capture, transform, and visualize organizational data.  Wipfli expert, Jake Rohrer, will share the various components of Industry 4.0 and how and why manufacturers are investing in this technology.  Our presentation will cover the following:

  • What is Industry 4.0?
  • Applications of IIoT
  • Financial benefits of Industry 4.0
  • Setting your organization up for digital transformation

Jake Rohrer | Manager, Organizational Performance | Wipfli

Jake Rohrer is a Manager in Wipfli’s Organizational Performance team, specializing in the manufacturing industry.  Working with manufacturers, he seeks to improve operational efficiency by assessing and optimizing.  Jake is experienced working with teams across various business units to create synergies and galvanize positive business outcomes.  His communication strategy of “seek to learn” allows him to pick up on the root cause of underperformance and tailor unique solutions to meet the needs of his clients.

Areas of Focus:

  • Process improvement through technology applications
  • Industrial Internet of Things (lloT)
  • Technology adoption and change management
  • Organizational strategy and planning

Wisconsin Manufacturers Exhibit in Miami

An Overview of the “IDEA Show”

By Susan Stansbury, Industry Consultant

It is no wonder that Wisconsin was well represented at the Idea Show in Miami March 28-30. The show highlights manufacturing in the nonwovens fabrics and associated industries. With Wisconsin being a major center of nonwovens and related products, plus equipment and supportive services, the show was a standout for the Wisconsin exhibitors.

With a total of more than 300 exhibitors, Wisconsin represented an impressive array of companies. Some of these I visited in Miami with headquarters or factories in Wisconsin included:

  • 5K Fibres, Neenah WI
  • Campbell Wrapper / Circle Packaging, DePere WI
  • Converted Products, Milwaukee WI
  • Curt G. Joa, Sheboygan Falls WI
  • Kleen Test Products, Sheboygan WI
  • Optima Packaging, Green Bay WI
  • Paper Converting Machine, Green Bay WI
  • Rebel Converting, Milwaukee WI
  • Sellars Nonwovens, Milwaukee WI
  • Suominen Nonwovens, Ashwaubenon WI
  • Valley Grinding & Manufacturing, Green Bay WI

These companies make products such as wet wipes in configurations from baby wipes to cosmetic makeup removers. Others including Campbell Wrapper/Circle Packaging, Curt Joa (celebrating 90 years), Optima Packaging and Paper Converting Machine make equipment for manufacturers. 

5K Fibres produces rolls of nonwovens used in masks with their valued filtering layer. Another supplier of nonwovens fabrics for wipes and similar uses is Suominen, with its Ashwaubenon factory (headquartered in Finland).

Converted Products converts roll goods with its precision slitting and winding and related processes to prepare rolls for further manufacturing. Kleen Test Products produces many brand name products for its contract partners, including wet wipes, dryer sheets, cosmetic pads and more. Sellars Nonwovens is “the power behind your brand” as manufacturer of substrates for absorbent, automotive, medical, packaging, tabletop, wipes and more.

Rebel Converting represents just one interesting story about these companies. With capacity to convert 2.1 billion square yards annually into wipes, Rebel Converting is a force in the coreless roll/canister wipes business. As a contract manufacturer, Rebel is partnering with its customers across retail, healthcare, and business-to-business segments—to maximize the opportunities that exist in today’s market. 

Another standout is 5K Fibres with its unique technologies to reduce the amount of fabric and associated fibres needed to make a number of hygiene and related products. 5K Fibres can eliminate the need to use the number of layers usual for certain fabric media formerly added for strength. “With the inherent strength of the 5K nonwovens,” says CEO Douglas Brown, “we  are focused on our core technology and some new patents around what we trademarked as the name ‘Spun-Blown®’ where we can make very strong fibers. “I determined that we would be able to make a fabric all in one layer. This potentially reduces processing and fabric costs.”

Many of these and other Wisconsin converting manufacturers work together supplying each other the fabric and paper rolls, the equipment, and supplies to make products that make their way to retail, medical, automotive and other national outlets.


Reconnecting and Touring

I traveled to the Madison area to re-connect with a number of past acquaintances, touring a number of companies!  I visited with Jake Weihert at American Packaging Corporation located in Columbus, WI.  

APC has 1,212 total employees across the USA and generates $320.53 million. There are 11 companies in the American Packaging Corporation family. APC was established in 1902 as a family-owned business with only one major ownership change.  APC has been recognized at a “Best of the BEST” Workplace for six consecutive years. APC is a leader in flexible packaging focused on the food, medical, personal care, pharmaceutical and a variety of other specialty items. 

APC added Deforest, WI building a 170,000-sq-ft plant with two state of the art 10-unit robotic gravure printing presses and supporting finishing equipment. APC invested $50 million in the plant. APC celebrated a break ground on the APC newest facility in Cedar City, UT with a new 275,000-square-foot facility, bringing in more than 135 new, high pay jobs. The project in Cedar City is just the first of three planned phases.

I also met with Joel Schmidt, the General Manager at ePac in Middleton, WI, and he provided an outstanding tour of their facility. ePac began its operations in 2016 in Madison, WI. The new company is dedicated to the growing short-run multiple SKI, quick-turn flexible packaging market.  

ePac is the first “Greenfield” flexible packaging company in North America based exclusively on a digital technology platform using the HP Indigo 20000. 

ePac’s founders began with a mission to help local, small brands obtain big brand presence with great packaging. The platform also provides customers the opportunity to quickly roll out marketing promotions and eliminate excess inventory through print-on-demand services. 

ePac currently has locations throughout the Unites States, Canada and worldwide expansions. ePac flexible Packaging is set to top $200 million in sales in 2021.

GBIG is planning a tour of Placon’s recycling facilities in Fitchburg, WI on Nov. 16, 2022, starting at 10am.  Placon was founded in 1966 by Tom Mohs focusing on a plastics Thermoforming company servicing the food service and medical packaging markets. Placon has more than 1,000 employees with annual revenues topping $200 million.

Placon’s engineering and packaging solutions were way beyond the rest of the industry. The company was awarded the Wisconsin Governor’s Award for Waste Recycling! Placon became one of the first thermoforming companies in the food and consumer packaging industry to open a complete Recycling Facility for Post Consumer Bottles and Thermoforms called ecostar plastics! 

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GBIG NEWS | 72 Stories and Links on the Internet 04/6/22


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