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GBIG NEWS | 78 Stories and Links on the Internet 6/15/2022


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The Printing Showcase | September 27th, 2022

News Release

Green Bay, WI—Green Bay Innovation Group (GBIG) /5P has announced an event, The Printing Showcase, planned for September 27 at The Stadium View Bar and Conference Center in Green Bay, WI. Featuring the expertise of printers and related companies, the event will draw those in the industry to see the latest technology, plus many professionals who rely on digital, flexographic, rotogravure, wide web, and offset printing.

According to Marty Ochs, GBIG Director, “We are responding to the strength of the region in all aspects of printing, and our aim is to support the industry by providing a high level of networking and technical information. My co-host Susan Stansbury has extensive knowledge, particularly in flexographic printing and background with manufacturers who rely on printing.” 

Stansbury, who is the former owner of the Converters Expo held annually in Green Bay, comments, “Marty and I are well versed in this sector where he has expertise in offset, digital, label, ink jet and paper industries, and I with ‘flexo’, coating, and various substrates from paper and films, to synthetic nonwovens.” 

The day offers attendees a networking atmosphere and exhibitors to show their capabilities to support associated businesses. The Printing Showcase will offer business-to-business opportunities, plus a place for individuals who are learning and pursuing inclusion in printing. In addition, many of the exhibitors engage in other aspects of manufacturing, from jumbo paper, film and label roll slitting, to automated production and packaging of various products.

Associated markets include:

  • Printing Services as a step to further manufacturing
  • Packaging Graphics for wraps, cartons, pouches and more
  • Related Services including quality, software, and plates
  • Equipment from complete presses to rollers and supplies

The location at the Stadium View, Green Bay is in a block from Lambeau Field at 1963 Holmgren Way. Cost to attend for the day is $40.00. Interested exhibitors and sponsors can obtain information at:  

Marty Ochs, 608.698.3333 

Susan Stansbury, 920.265.6407

GBIG News Plastics Article

The Plastic Dilemma

93% of global consumers say COVID-19 influenced their views on sustainability, brands and environmental issues for product purchases.  As we return to normal, business are switching more and more to eco-products with new innovative plastics and paper fiber products.  We still see a lot of GREEN-WASHING of products. 62% of consumers are willing to change their buying behavior to reduce the negative impact on the environment.  

We are seeing more and more bans on plastic worldwide especially in Europe, China and India with governments imposing restrictions and penalties on plastics.  However, we have to recognize the full impact that plastics have on our daily lives!  Simply, plastics are very inexpensive and can be used for so many packaging solutions.  

Can we do without plastic…probably NOT!  However, the plastics industry has to address the issue with more bio-degradable plastics without using petroleum.   We have to recognize that Paper has its limitations. Number one is the cost and will the consumer pay the price for paper?  Two, the USA is limited in pulp and paper production capabilities to product the products.  The Wisconsin Paper Industry has tremendous opportunities to expand our paper and pulp production. Wisconsin has ALL the resources necessary to re-invent the paper, film and plastics industries!  In addition, Wisconsin has tremendous resources for converting paper and film products to new innovative packaging products.  The Wisconsin Paper Industry has to accept the challenge. GBIG will be bringing together our industries, government and our Universities to support one another.

Here are some examples of alternative materials that could play a significant role for the flexible packaging industry and our flexible packaging companies are leading the way!

  • Bio-based Plastics typically use food crops such as corn and sugarcane with both commodities readily available in surplus.  However, the current supply chain will create issues and there is reluctance to using food resources for packaging products. 
  • Polyactic acid (PLA) is a transparent sold polymer that is similar to PETE polymer but has a significant lower maximum continuous use temperature.  
  • Poly hydroxyalkanoate (PHA) is a much eco-friendly polymer that can handle high temperatures and decompose in soil and waterways.  Both alternatives are made from fermented corn starch and they can decompose up to 90% within 90 days if disposed properly. 
  • Paper-based Packaging like corrugated boxes and other forms of paper-based packaging are biodegradable unless it is recycled and does not end up in the landfill!

When it comes to plastic, film and flexible packaging formats for single use, we recognize the cost advantages and to use it.  However, these types of single-use plastic are simply very challenging to recycle.  The plastic products are very lightweight with very little material per packaging piece.  The second issue is getting them collected, sorted and ready to be recycled.  

In addition, flexible packaging is more highly contaminated with substrates such as inks, dyes, coating and creating additional issues for recycling. Simply, the USA doesn’t have that capability available to handle ALL of the plastics.   Minnesota in the spring of 2023, has a $24 million, 170,000-square-foot plastic recycling plant that will be in operation with the goal to expand film recycling infrastructure and the supply of recycled resin for use in new products supported by a number of large companies in Minnesota along with Charter Next Generation based in Wisconsin.  The residential recycling rate for film and flexible packaging in 2020 was just 2 percent!

Bay Cities Teams Up with Packerland Websites

GREEN BAY WI June 1, 2022: Website developer Packerland Websites in Howard and Bay Cities MultiMedia Center, Marinette, are teaming up. Marinette County businesses and nonprofits now have two marketing companies working for their success. 

“We’re excited to begin this business relationship with Packerland Websites to give our clients an integrated approach to marketing across multiple channels. Digital marketing and radio advertising complement one another to build brand awareness and convey a brand’s personality,” said Bay Cities President and CEO Chris Bernier. “Packerland Websites offers our clients the benefits of working with a dynamic and experienced website designer and marketing professional.”

Bay Cities appeals to a broad range of listeners with its five radio stations: Cat Country 95.1 FM (WLST), The Rock 96.3 FM (WSFQ), Classic Hits 103.7 FM (WHYB), News Talk Radio 1340 AM (WAGN) and Sports Radio 570 AM (WMAM). 

Representatives from Bay Cities MultiMedia Center and Packerland Websites meet to discuss a new partnership. The two organizations will provide marketing services across multiple channels. Clockwise from left are Bay Cities’ representatives Chris Bernier, Nicole Kelsey, Heidi Malawka and Camille Sowle and Packerland Websites’ owner Bill Koehne.

With the new partnership, Bay Cities MultiMedia Center will continue to manage clients’ websites and provide marketing products and services that create awareness, drive traffic, and generate conversions. Packerland Websites will provide website maintenance, cybersecurity, and hosting to keep websites functioning at peak performance 24/7/365. Plus, Packerland Websites will build or rebuild any new websites for Bay Cities clients. 

“Every business needs a website, but many organizations lack the staff, know-how, and time to develop their own digital marketing strategies,” said Packerland Websites owner Bill Koehne. “That’s where we step in. Our team designs effective websites and SEO strategies that lead to results, so businesses gain and nonprofits prosper.” 

Packerland Websites’ four full-time developers – all with degrees in website development – currently manage over 500 websites. Each website is uniquely designed as an effective online tool, not just a brochure on the internet. In addition to website design, Packerland Websites specializes in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), geofence marketing, content writing, and app development. 

“We’re looking forward to combining marketing and SEO strategies, both on and off the website pages, to help clients meet their goals,” Koehne said.

To better serve clients in Marinette and Menominee, Packerland Websites opened an office at Bay Cities MultiMedia, 844 Pierce Ave., Marinette. Packerland Websites also has offices at 2140 Velp Ave. Green Bay and Abrams. 

To take your brand to the next level, contact Bay Cities MultiMedia at 715-735-0225 or Packerland Websites at 920-826-5901. To view a portfolio of commercial, municipal, and nonprofit websites built by Packerland Websites, visit

GBIG Schedule of Events for 2022-2023

Contact Info: Marty Ochs | | 608-698-3333

To Register, Go to: and go to EVENTS

  • June 16, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm Annual Golf Outing at Mid Vallee Golf Course 3850 Mid Valley Dr. De Pere, WI   $125.00 per person
  • July 14, 2022 starting at  12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at TECH4 BBQ Celebrating 25 years in business networking event 3547 French Rd. De Pere, WI   FREE
  • August 25, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Webinar with Advanced Tek and Stratatsys 3D Printing – FREE: Learn how to become more innovative and competitive by integrating 3D Printing. The event will be hosted by Packerland Websites.   
  • September 27, 2022 – Printing Showcase from 10:00 p.m. to 4:30 pm at Stadium View Bar & Expo at 1963 Holmgren Way, Green Bay, WI.  $40.00 per person and Exhibitors $500.00
  • October 25, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm in person with George W. Huber Professor of Chemical Engineering at UW Madison hosted by Amcor. George will be Introducing CUWP as a forward-looking research group that is developing executable sustainability solutions based on sound science.   $30.00 per person 
  • November 16, 2022 starting at 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m. at Placon in Fitchburg Recycling Facility Tour followed by a networking event 6096 McKee Rd. Fitchburg, WI – FREE  
  • January 26, 2023 starting at 10:00 a.m. featuring 15dots:   How to Stop Scaring Away Amazing Talent webinar hosted by Packerland Websites FREE.  
  • February 23, 2023 – Korber tour and networking 3060 S. Ridge Rd. Green Bay, WI  FREE 
  • March 23, 2023 – Packerland Websites FREE In-Person Seminar starting at 2:00 pm: Branding at Its Best followed by networking.

Swing Big with GBIG

Swing Big Golf Outing with GBIG Thursday, June 16, 2022 with Sponsorship Opportunities and Registration.

Register today for the Swing Big with GBIG golf outing, sponsored by First Business Bank. The 4-person scramble starts with registration at 8:30am Thursday, June 16, at Mid Vallee Golf Course. Single player: $125 for 18 holes of golf w/cart, 2 drink tickets, and lunch on the course.

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GBIG NEWS | 75 Stories and Links on the Internet 6/1/2022


Get links to the latest news, events, stories, and interviews from our 5P news sponsors. Our goal is to remind the decision makers in Wisconsin of the importance of our industry both historically, and more importantly, into the future.

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New Chairs Announced for Women in the 5P Industries

Green Bay, Wisconsin, May 25, 2022

Women in the 5P Industries (Wi5P), developed from the networking association of Green Bay Innovation Group (GBIG), is proud to announce new co-chairs, Cassie Diedrick and Emily Haines. Cassie and Emily bring different backgrounds and perspectives to Wi5P, and both are committed to the power investing in the future leaders of the industry. Wi5P also extends a warm welcome to Ashley Rothmann for marketing support and looks forward to her contributions to the committee.

Cassie Diedrick - Wi5P Co-Chair
Cassie Diedrick – Wi5P Co-Chair

Business Development Coordinator Robinson, Inc. |

Cassie is a Business Development Coordinator at Robinson Inc. and supports ideas and activities to grow the business in fabrication, machining, and contract manufacturing. Born and raised in Green Bay, Wis. and a co- founder and co-chair of Women in 5P, Cassie is always looking for opportunities within the network to connect.

Emily Haines - Wi5P Co-Chair
Emily Haines – Wi5P Co-Chair

Project Engineer – New Product Integration, Kohler Company |

Emily is a Project Engineer working in new product integration at Kohler Company and is a co-chair of Women in 5P. Emily is extremely passionate about supporting women in industry and has leadership experience in other women-focused groups in the converting industry. She is looking forward to expanding the reach of Wi5P through networking, collaborative connection, and professional growth opportunities.

Ashley Rothman - Wi5P Marketing Support
Ashley Rothman – Wi5P Marketing Support

Marketing Manager – Appvion LLC |

Ashley is a Marketing Manager at Appvion. With a career spanning eleven years, she was co-founder of Wi5P and currently supports the marketing efforts. Ashley is passionate about marketing, branding, and people-first leadership, creating opportunities for emerging professionals and advocating for equity within the industry.

Wi5P’s mission is to attract, grow, and retain women of all ages in paper and paper-related careers in the pulp, paper, printing, packaging, and plastics industries. Today’s career women aspire to be enriched through training and networking opportunities. Wi5P is committed to ensuring women receive what they need and want to succeed. To advance this, the group collaborates with Wisconsin business communities to inspire females by breaking through barriers. Connect with Wi5P on LinkedIn to learn more.

About Wi5P

Women in the 5P Industries (Wi5P) empowers women to excel at every stage of their paper and packaging related careers – from the classroom to the boardroom. As a branch of Green Bay Innovation Group, Wi5P’s  goal is to promote programs, connections, volunteer opportunities, and events that enable the development  of the 5P community. We are driven to support women as they write their success stories throughout their  careers and continue their evolution as 5P industry leaders in Wisconsin.

Winning the War for Talent Webinar

With today’s labor shortage and high turnover, it’s more critical than ever to get creative with employee recruitment, selection, and retention. 15dots will focus on these three employment issues in a one-hour webinar, “Winning the War for Talent,” from 12-1pm Wednesday, June 8. Participants will learn how to how to make smarter employee selection decisions to eliminate the pain associated with a bad hire.

Register today for this free webinar, led by Michael Quinn, consulting partner at 15 Dots, LLC.

Mike has over three decades of experience as a Human Resource manager and consultant/advisor to entrepreneurs and business leaders. He has been perfecting the tools and precise methods to take the guesswork out of employee selection. As a result, organizations can achieve a 90% success rate and eliminate the pain associated with bad hires.

About 15 Dots

15 Dots LLC, based in Neenah, Wisconsin, trains HR leaders and organizational personnel to adopt a rigorous employee selection process that is repeatable, scalable, and teachable. 15dots refers to five ability tests and 10 behavior-based interview dimensions critical to employee selection.
15dots removes the “gut instinct” associated with employee selection. Consequently, hiring decisions are based on data alone. “No more guessing” is the company’s tagline. When employers match people with jobs, good things happen. Not only does production increase, but employee engagement and job satisfaction increase as well.

For more information about beating the odds when choosing employees, visit the 15dots website.

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