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Flexible Packaging And Converting Industries In Wisconsin

Flexible Packaging And Converting Industries In Wisconsin

Marty Oaks

Bemis purchased Curwood, a Neenah Based company in the early 1960’s and Curwood launched Bemis into a leadership position in coated and laminated films that it retains today. In 1978 Howard Curler was named Bemis’ new CEO. Curler’s relationship with Bemis in 1965 was when the small manufacturer of film packaging for cheese and other perishable foods he co-founded was acquired by the larger firm. He stayed on as head of his company, which became a leader in polymer manufacturing and the related technologies of extrusion, coating, laminating, metallizing, and printing. Within four years, more than $100 million worth of business was sold plus $140 million capital expenditure. On June 11, 2019, Amcor purchased Bemis for $6.8 billion. Amcor has 15 locations in Wisconsin!

The Wisconsin flexible packaging industry and supporting converting industries are the leader in the United States. Flexible Packaging is any package or part of a package whose shape can readily be changed when filled or during use. Flexible Packaging is produced from Paper, Plastic, Film, Aluminum Foil, or any combination of those materials. The end products include bags, pouches, liners, wraps, roll stock or any other substrates to be used in packaging.

As the leader in Flexible Packaging, we recognize the impact of PFAS and the international movement away from Flexible Packaging and Plastics. We are witnessing Governments across the Global impact on the industries. As an industry, we need to come up with solutions for new products, new substrates, new recycling technologies, water technologies, etc. or face government restrictions on our businesses. Flexible Packaging was created in Wisconsin and Wisconsin has the Industry and Educational resources to come up with solutions. UW Madison and supporting Universities are outstanding resources for our industries with ALL their resources and Partners!

The Green Bay Innovation Group, University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and others would like to invite you and your company representatives to the EVENT: PFAS – Impact on the Planet and Solutions for the Packaging Industry for an ALL-DAY EVENT on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at the Sheraton on John Nolen Drive, Madison Wisconsin. To register, go to: – PFAS.

The cost is $60.00. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: Marty Ochs – call or text 608- 698-3333 or email to:

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