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March 27th, 2024 Newsletter

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GBIG NEWS | 84 Stories and Links on the Internet 3/27/2024


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19th Annual Sustainable Forestry Conference

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April 17, 2024

Sustainable Forestry Conference

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Space will be limited Early Registration is Required

For Questions Contact:
Jane Lindow Keyes

Keyes Peak Ski Lodge 4960 Hwy 101
(715)528-4480 Ext. 1 Florence, WI 54121

Packerland Websites Opens Marquette Office

Marquette-area businesses and nonprofits now have a new, local, digital marketing company working for their success. Packerland Websites, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, has opened an office in Marquette, Michigan, at CoLAB, 101 W. Washington St. Suite 8, Marquette, Michigan. The Lake Superior Community Partnership assisted in the opening by holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on Feb. 28, 2024.

Participating in the ribbon cutting, from left, are Hanna Westra, LSCP Outreach and Development Specialist; Christopher Germain, LSCP CEO; Alayna Sutterland, Carnegie Higher Ed; Jennifer Lindsay, CRO Metrics; Alexa Haferkorn, Packerland Websites Web Design Specialist; Eric Lindsay, Semco Energy; Bill Koehne, Packerland Websites Founder/Owner; Erica Huss, Small Business Support Hub Project Manager; Erin Mahaney, CoLAB Manager; Bethany Cody, Veridea; and Brooke Quinn, LSCP Senior Business Development Representative.
Participating in the ribbon cutting, from left, are Hanna Westra, LSCP Outreach and Development Specialist; Christopher Germain, LSCP CEO; Alayna Sutterland, Carnegie Higher Ed; Jennifer Lindsay, CRO Metrics; Alexa Haferkorn, Packerland Websites Web Design Specialist; Eric Lindsay, Semco Energy; Bill Koehne, Packerland Websites Founder/Owner; Erica Huss, Small Business Support Hub Project Manager; Erin Mahaney, CoLAB Manager; Bethany Cody, Veridea; and Brooke Quinn, LSCP Senior Business Development Representative.

Opened in 2011, Packerland Websites is a family-owned website development and digital marketing company led by owner/founder Bill Koehne. Koehne chose the name “Packerland Websites” because of the dominant influence of the Green Bay Packers in the Green Bay community and because of the team’s winning tradition.

“We’re excited to open our Marquette, Michigan, office, meet with businesses and nonprofits, and build winning websites across the Wisconsin, Michigan border,” he said. “Our websites are more than just a brochure on the internet. Instead, they’re developed around a marketing plan to meet specific goals.”

Website Design Specialist Alexa Haferkorn will manage the Marquette, Michigan, office. Haferkorn earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Communications from Northern Michigan University in 2016. She applies both visual design skills and marketing skills to create branding that gets results.

“I design web pages, logos, and fliers to catch customers’ attention and share a unique message,” she said. With her background in graphic design and website development, Alexa brings a combination of talents to Packerland Websites.

“Aside from her technical and artistic skills, she has a knack for communicating with clients to help them create websites that meet their business goals,” Koehne said.

In addition to website development, Packerland Websites specializes in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), geofence marketing, content writing, and app development.

“We’re excited to help Marquette organizations advance to the next level with website design and other digital marketing tools,” Koehne said.

To schedule a complimentary marketing consultation call Cheri Simonet, Sales Account Manager, at 920-265-2632.

Converting, Coating & Sustainability on April 17 for an All-day Event With 6 Plus Outstanding Speakers

Converting, Coating & Sustainability Event on April 17, 2023

  • Cost: $50.00 – Register by going to: events.
  • Location: Miron Construction 1471 McMahon Dr. Neenah, WI 54956


  • Check-in: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
  • Speakers – 8:30 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Lunch – 12: 00 – 1:00 p.m
  • Networking – 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.


  • Paper Converting Machine Company – Rodney Pennings
  • Procon – Jeff Carew
  • Pixelle Specialty Solutions – Dave Magda
  • Hoffmaster – Mark Hunter
  • Charter Next Generation – John Garnett
  • Miron Construction – Dan Goyermac and Blake Titus

The Wisconsin Converting Industry has the of the largest concentrations of Converters & Packaging Companies in the United States. Our speakers represent varies companies in converting, coating, laminating, film, flexo printing, packaging, paper, food and water.

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The Topics Include:

  • Sustainability
  • New emerging technologies
  • Robotics Automation and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)
  • Coating
  • Material innovations and renewablies
  • Slitting and Rewinding updates
  • Substrates: Paper, Film, Plastics & Non-wovens
  • Food
  • Water

NE Wisconsin is called the Converting Corridor of the United States with over 300 companies in Converting

Northeastern Wisconsin is called the Converting Corridor of the United State and an extension of our paper industry! We estimate the number to be over 300 Converters in the State of Wisconsin. The Green Bay Innovation Group has done extensive research on the Converting Industry. We have built the most complete database in the industry. Later in the year, we will publish a more detailed report.

Green Bay will be hosting the Converters Expo at Lambeau Field on April 18th with an estimated attendance at 600 people. Converters Expo is the largest Converting Event in the United States.

The Green Bay Innovation Group has an all-day event on April 17th: Converting, Coating & Sustainability at Miron Construction 1471 McMahon Dr. Neenah, WI. To Register, go to:

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The Converting Industry is the essential part of the process of taking paper and a number of other substrates and creating a finished product. Converting paper finds a wide variety of finished products including writing and printing papers, newsprint, nonwovens, tissue, towels, corrugated, board, labels and many other packaging applications. The consumption of converting paper is growing very rapidly across the globe especially in the industrial packaging area owning primarily due to sustainability. This demand is attributed to a low-cost packaging solution as well as nature friendliness of paper material. The surge in demand is driving significant growth in the converting paper markets and Wisconsin will have to provide more paper and pulp manufacturing to keep up with the DEMAND!

In addition to a large number of Converters, Wisconsin leads the nation with very innovative manufacturers building converting equipment for companies worldwide. A great example is Paper Converting Machine Company, C.G. Bretting, Quad Plus, ASI, Curt G. Joa, Inc., Korber, and Maflex. Wisconsin has world-class along with supporting machine shops like ATAM, Associated Machine Design, Inc., CPW, PCS, Gain Control, LLC., EMT, International, Precision Roll Solutions, Infinity Machine, Baum Machine, MVI, Precision Die Systems, Robinson, Inc., Shemesh Automation, Rol-tec, Sure Controls, Inc., Title town Manufacturing and others. If you want an opportunity to meet a number of outstanding company, a number of them are exhibiting at the Converters Expo!

The Green Bay Innovation Group would like to thank an outstanding group of Presenters on PFAS on March 20, 2024

PFAS in Food Packaging and the Impact on Our Planet

Marty speaking at PFAS event

The Green Bay Innovation Group would like to thank an outstanding group of presenters on PFAS on March 20, 2024. We covered a broad range of topics and issues regarding PFAS! We will be sending out the presentations in our upcoming GBIG NEWS to better understand the BIG PICTURE regarding PFAS.

  • Tom Lee a Partner at Bryan, Cave, Leighton, Paisner LLP. Tom, an industry expert, will speak on PFAS in Food Packaging: State by State Regulations. In the absence of comprehensive federal regulations of PFAS in food packaging, states are dishing out their own laws.
  • Martin Shafer PhD. Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene and Water. He is a Research Scientist Geo/Environmental Chemistry. His PFAS projects primarily address atmospheric cycling (e.g., PFAS levels/deposition in precipitation) and cycling of PFAS in wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Dr. Marissia Jablonski PhD. – Executive Director of the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin. She is an accomplished Water Engineer, Environmental Advisor and Plastics-Reduction Expert who has worked in more than forty-five countries.
  • Betsy Metzger – Product Development Manager for Glenroy, Inc. Glenroy is a flexible packaging company specializing in Food Packaging
  • Brad Hartong – Primient – Applications Development Scientist in the Chemical and Paper Industries working with barrier coatings trying to replace fluorochemicals in various products.
  • Kevin Nelson Senior Fellow at Amcor, AMIC Advisory Board and UW Madison Engineering Alum. He will discuss the material science behind packaging and various challenges the industry faces.

CFBU: Viridian Holographic Packaging: Sustainable Beauty Made Easy

boxes with illustrated art of women's faces

Holographic packaging has been a staple in luxury labels and cartons since the mid-1900’s.
From expensive hot foil stamping to the economic cold foil printing process, holographic packaging has evolved to meet the demands of the market today. According to the Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA), “environmental sustainability and responsibility continue to be hot topics in the graphic arts arena,” leading K Laser Technology to formulate a new holographic substrate option for eco-conscious offset printers and packaging designers. Meet Viridian™ Eco-Paper and Eco-Paperboard® – the newest sustainable holographic substrate to come to the market.

A New Way To Foil In Offset

To achieve stunning holographic packaging in the past, offset printers needed to invest in a cold foil rail system, specialty adhesives, printing plates, and other foiling supplies and inventory space. Even more, achieving proper registration, mastering cold foil release, and reducing waste have been the source of production downtime for many offset printers today. Due to expensive investments and lack of experienced foil printing operators, many converters have unfortunately shied away from foil printing altogether. This has left designers in a creative stall with their printers and caused offset converters to lose premium customers to their foil printing competitors.

Thankfully, there is now an easy-to-use, sustainable solution in the market. Viridian™ Eco-Paper and Eco-Paperboard® from K Laser Technology was formulated to solve the modern-day issues plaguing both printers and designers. Available in sheets or full rolls, Viridian™ is available as a sustainable paper or paperboard substrate that is pre-printed with a flood coat foil pattern or registered hologram. With the specialty effects pre-printed, you can create premium designs by overprinting the substrate with white ink using various screens of opacity to cover, reveal, and colorize the holographic underlayer in a single pass. Now, offset printers can remain competitive in the holographic packaging marketing without investing in additional equipment and supplies or the specialized operator skills for foil printing. Additionally, Designers have the opportunity to enhance product packaging designs using the offset printer of their choice, regardless of foiling capabilities. Add in the sustainable properties of Viridian™ and it’s a win-win-WIN for all!

The Beauty Of Sustainability

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Creating sustainable packaging and supply solutions should be the number one goal for every industry supplier and manufacturer. Consumers are growing more concerned for the future of earth and have placed a large responsibility on brands to become more eco-friendly. For products to be truly green, the substrates, supplies, processes, and technologies used to create them must also be green. At K Laser Technology, we believe sustainability is a beautiful thing and printers/designers shouldn’t have to choose between green packaging and holographic packaging – you can have both!

As a manufacturer of holographic substrates for over 20 years, K Laser Technology is leading the charge for sustainability in metallic and holographic specialty materials. Formulated to be eco-friendly, Viridian™ Eco-Paper and Eco-Paperboard® eliminates the laminating film previously required to print metallic effects on paper and paperboard. By eliminating the plastic film, packaging produced with Viridian™ can now be 100% recycled. Rest assured, there is minimal metal transferred to the paper or paperboard, which does not affect the re-pulping process, making it a fully renewable solution.

Viridian™ Eco-Paper and Eco-Paperboard® can be used to create green folding cartons, mailers, hangtags, postcards, labels, and many other luxury paper and paperboard products. K Laser customers have access to the largest selection of holographic patterns in the industry – over 150+ patterns! With assistance from the K Laser Cold Foil Design Lab, both designers and printers can collaborate with our experienced foil designers to create holographic packaging that is both stunning and sustainable. Located in Sarasota, FL, the 1,500 square foot Design Lab is equipped with premium A/V technology and an animated environment to spark creativity and collaboration. With a digital embellishment unit on site, visitors can receive holographic print proofs to finalize their designs before the full production run. Learn about the importance of print proofs in our blog on The Power of Specialty Print Proofs for Cold Foil Printing.

Holographic Packaging For Our World

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There is one thing every single human has in common – Earth – and it is our responsibility to create solutions that keep our world healthy for the generations after us. With Viridian™ Eco-Paper and Eco-Paperboard®, it’s now easier than ever for printers and designers to make the shift to sustainable packaging solutions without losing the luster of specialty design. No more excuses. The time is now to consider the impact of packaging design and create a future focused on green solutions.

Contact the K Laser Technology team at or call 941-500-1370. Our experienced designers and customer service team is ready to assist you with FREE product samples, FREE print mock ups and design assistance, and/or a FREE cold foil pattern guide. Through collaboration and innovative solutions, we can all build a better world through beautiful, holographic packaging and design. Contact our team today!

Precision Roll Solutions Open House on April 18th at 1281 Parkview Rd. Green Bay

Precision Roll Solutions Open House – April 18th

Precision Roll Solution with line

Precision Roll Solutions will host factory tours in support of Converter’s Expo in Green Bay, WI. Customers and OEMs are invited to visit two plants that support greater efficiency in the packaging, printing and paper industries with process rolls, print sleeves, and machinery.

The factories will be open for tours from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Process Rolls and Print Sleeves
1281 Parkview Road, Green Bay, WI

Products: precision rollers, such as heat transfer rolls, idler rolls, vacuum rolls, anilox sleeves and engraved cylinders.

Point of Contacts:

  • Pete Eggen – Product Manager Rolls
  • Tom Kawula – Mechanical Engraving & Roll Applications
  • Jamie Morales – Sleeve Manager & Technical Support
  • Greg Jacobs – Gears
  • Karen Mattson – Technical Sales Rolls

Machinery Center of Excellence
1260 Ashwaubenon Street, Green Bay, WI

Products: Converting machinery, slitters / rewinders, ancillary equipment, engineering services, and repair

Point of Contacts:

  • Jeff Taylor – VP Converting Equipment 920.712.0025. Jeff can coordinate respective tours with larger teams.
  • Kent Kohls – Engineering Mgr

For more information or a factory tour outside of this event, contact Corey Lemke, Business Development: 920.445.9089

Capital Adhesives: Building Bonds that Last

Capital Adhesives is dedicated to serving each customer with the purpose of meeting needs, solving problems, and adding value. Our intent is to build partnerships, not simply sell a product, which is why we adopted the slogan, “Building Bonds that Last.” A statement that speaks to our focus and continuous support as well as the products we design.

Capital Adhesives

Capital Adhesives was founded in 1987. Its early beginning was distributing adhesives, with emphasis on the Packaging and Converting industry. As business grew, the constant request from the customer included three primary questions: what can be done to improve efficiencies; what can be offered to increase productivity; and how can we gain an edge in the marketplace? Fielding these questions, the ownership believed the best option forward was to design and manufacture their own adhesive product line. So, the adhesive journey changed course. Within a few years, our founders, having a chemical background and a commitment to excellence, made the decision to develop and manufacture high quality adhesives, not simply sell off-the shelf products.

In 1991, Capital Adhesives began its process of manufacturing and designing adhesive products. The focus was to address customer needs for improved efficiencies and increased productivity. With the desire to exceed expectations, Capital’s initial product offerings were aimed at meeting market demands for applications in the Packaging and Converting industry. Today, after 35 years, Capital Adhesives has expanded the markets they serve but its core remains the Packaging and Converting market. Since stepping into the manufacture of its own product line, Capital has been noted for their high-quality adhesives, intentional and experienced technical support, distinctive customer service, and innovative and responsible solutions with the core objective to provide excellence. We have designed products to improve run speeds for applications using high-speed non-contact extrusion systems, as well as unique product offerings to enhance lamination and coating processes, and more.

Our mission is to provide best-in-class technical know-how, customer support, and sustainable adhesive technologies. We are registered to ISO 9001 Quality Standard. We invite you to partner with us. Your success is our goal!

Contact a Capital Adhesives representative:
Nick Angermeier Office: 317-834-5415. Mobile: 317-695-4508
Randy Levake Office: 317-834-5415. Mobile: 317-408-1138

To learn more about Capital Adhesives, visit our website:

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