Wisconsin Paper News - For 12.01.2021

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Assembly passes ‘Mill Bill’ in 96-2 vote
MADISON, Wis. (WSAW) - Late Thursday afternoon the Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill to save paper mills in Wisconsin Rapids and Park Falls.

Republican Representative Scott Krug of Rome, recently introduced the second Mill Bill after the first was vetoed by Gov. Evers in July.

Rep. Calvin Callahan voted in favor of the bill. “The Assembly has found and passed a bipartisan solution that we believe will get the Northwoods forestry economy back in gear,” stated Rep. Callahan. “By providing funding to the Wisconsin Rapids mill to keep it semi-operational through the winter and for Park Falls in a loan to help purchase the mill for an organization that will make it operational again, I believe this is a proposal we can use to save jobs and livelihoods.”...

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Bipartisan bill passes to support Verso & Park Falls paper mills

“Mill Bill 2.0” Passes Assembly



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$20M announced in workforce advancement initiative grants to 11 regions in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) --  Gov. Tony Evers, together with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), on Monday, Nov. 15, announced $20 million in grant awards to 11 regions in Wisconsin to help more than 2,300 Wisconsinites as part of the much-anticipated Worker Advancement Initiative.

According to a news release, the initiative -- announced earlier this year and funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) -- will serve Wisconsinites whose previous employment has not come back since the pandemic, as well as those who were not attached to or were not successful in the labor market prior to the pandemic, by offering subsidized employment and skills training opportunities with local employers...
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Ken Notes: I strongly suggest you read this and see if your WDB received funds, if so contact them an see if you can develop a training program for new workers or upgrading the skills of workers in your plant. Boards who received funds will need to present programs for actually distributing cash and you may both help and benefit...

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Park Falls paper mill gets sold in parts

Auction dismantles plant, cuts off chances for a new owner to run it again

Since early summer the community of Park Falls has been hoping for a boost from the state of Wisconsin that would enable the city’s shuttered paper mill to hang on, find new owners and reopen.

Last week the door closed on that option as machinery and equipment from the Park Falls Pulp & Paper plant was auctioned off. Invoices from the auction have gone out and winning bidders have begun to pick up their purchases, Park Falls Mayor Michael Bablick said Monday....


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2020 A Good Year for Nonwovens, Mainly

It is not an overstatement to say that the year 2020 was one of the strongest ever for nonwovens. As the world ground to a halt and many industries faced global shutdowns, the nonwovens industry went into overdrive, meeting unprecedented demand for products like face masks, personal protective apparel and disinfectant wipes. This was achieved by pivoting production, repurposing capacity and even adding new lines.

In fact, the number of new lines being added by nonwovens producers currently is among the highest the industry has seen in its 50-plus year history. While meltblown investment is leading the way—with new lines meeting demand for face mask and high performance filtration media—there are many new spunmelt lines, serving hygiene and medical applications, as well as spunlace investments to meet surging demand in the disinfectant wipes category....

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Struggling to save the Park Falls paper mill

First of two parts

Over three days in the middle of November, online auctioneers sold off bits and pieces of the paper mill that for a century has anchored the city of Park Falls in northern Wisconsin.

The auction began just days after the Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill to steer a $15 million loan guarantee to prospective buyers who Park Falls officials and others hoped would keep the Park Falls Pulp & Paper mill intact and reopen it with a new business plan that could preserve some of the highest-paying jobs in Price County.

“Time is of the essence,” said Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) just before the Nov. 11 Assembly roll call vote that passed Assembly Bill 682 on a vote of 96-2. “Hopefully this gets over to the state Senate and it’s given the urgency that it requires over there as well.”

From the Senate, the bill would go to the desk of Gov. Tony Evers, who was widely assumed to be ready to sign it into law....

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Mill liquidation to begin

PARK FALLS — An equipment auction of the former paper mill in Park Falls was substantially completed and the process of removing the items will start soon, according to a prepared statement from Park Falls Mayor Michael Bablick that was posted on Facebook on Wednesday....



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Lawmakers pursue last-ditch effort to save paper mills in Wisconsin Rapids, Park Falls

The 2 idled mills together employed more than 1K workers. Cold weather threatens irreparable damage to both.

A bill lawmakers hope will help two closed paper mills reopen faces a critical vote Monday. And if the bill fails to pass in the next 10 days, the consequences for the mills could be "catastrophic," says one advocate.

Mills in Wisconsin Rapids and Park Falls are both idle, meaning they aren`t in production but are being maintained by small crews. But as winter looms, there is potential for irreparable damage to the large, complex machinery if their owners don`t keep the heat on...

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PAPER-BASED PACKAGING IS RECYCLED MORE THAN ANY OTHER PACKAGING MATERIAL

Paper-Based Packaging Is Recycled More Than Any Other Packaging Material


The benefits of recycling paper-based packaging include extending the supply of a valuable natural resource (wood fiber), saving landfill space, avoiding greenhouse gas emissions of methane released when paper decomposes in landfills and reducing the amount of energy needed to produce some paper products.

Nearly 81% of all paper-based packaging in the U.S. is recovered for recycling, and more than 96% of corrugated (cardboard) boxes are recycled. Only 14% of U.S. plastic packaging is recycled.[1] In Canada, the national recovery rate of old corrugated boxes for recycling is an estimated 85%, with at least one provincial recycling program reaching 98%.[2] Corrugated box fibers are recycled 7-10 times to make new boxes and other paper products.[3]

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Ken Notes: Great read and worth sharing, it is also worth noting that this has been going on for decades in the industry...

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DNR finalizing rules limiting some PFAS in drinking, surface waters

The rule would result in about $2.1 million in added costs for about 48 businesses, primarily paper mills, metal finishers, chemical manufacturers and commercial laundries.

After two years of work, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is nearing completion of the first regulations designed to limit the amount of toxic “forever chemicals” in drinking and surface water.

Under the direction of Gov. Tony Evers, the DNR is working to add some fluorinated compounds, collectively known as PFAS, to a list of regulated contaminants in drinking water, groundwater and surface water.

The DNR will hold a public hearing on Wednesday on the first of two proposed drinking water regulations, which target two of those chemicals, PFOA and PFOS. A second hearing is scheduled for Dec. 10 on surface water regulations.


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Ken Notes: We need to be very careful here, being identified as a contributor to PFAS can make paper companies liable for clean up or remediation costs as PRPs even if the contribution was negligible.

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Custom Sizing Done Right

Eliminate packaging waste, reduce shipping costs and make your packaging supply chain more efficient by implementing a strategic rightsized packaging plan.

According to Packsize, an on-demand packaging technology company, rightsizing typically reduces package size by 40 percent. This translates to less warehouse space for storing goods, lower dimensional weight that leads to reduced shipping costs, and a smaller pallet footprint. As for that pallet footprint, it means a lower carbon footprint too: If all businesses in the United States reduced the overall size of their packaging, we would see 24 million fewer trucks on the roads each year....

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Georgia-Pacific starts the construction of a new distribution center

The company is investing over $50 million for a new distribution center in De Pere with 1.1 million-square-foot

Georgia-Pacific begun the construction of a new distribution center in De Pere with 1.1 million-square-foot. The company started the construction in the I-41 Business Park in De Pere. Officials says that the distribution center should be done by the end of 2022.

“Although this warehouse could have been built elsewhere in the Midwest, it made sense to locate it close to one of our largest plants in Green Bay,” says Jim Stauffer, GP senior director of warehousing.

According to Georgia-Pacific, the company it is investing over $50 million in the new distribution center and will feature 110 loading docks for trucks as well as capacity for more than two million cases of products. This new distribution center will reportedly allow it to consolidate the space it currently leases at four warehouses into one facility.

Originally the plan was to build the center in Lawrence, but it was met with heavy resistance from local residents and Georgia-Pacific decided to build elsewhere....




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5 things to know about reforestation
Published on Nov 18, 2021 - 

What is reforestation? 

The nonprofit “One Tree Planted” works with partners in over 43 countries to plant trees. It defines reforestation as “the process of replanting trees in areas that have been affected by natural disturbances like wildfires, drought, and insect and disease infestations — and unnatural ones like logging, mining, agricultural clearing and development. This can mean anything from supporting natural regeneration in an area that has been degraded to planting ecologically appropriate tree seedlings after forest fires.”

State of Wisconsin forests 

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in 2001, “Of Wisconsin`s 35 million acres of land, almost 16 million acres are forested....

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Fox Cities Chamber: Essity`s Wisconsin Team Earns Leadership In Sustainability Award For Water Use & Quality From American Forest
Neenah, WI (October 29, 2021) — Essity, a leading global hygiene and health company with paper production and converting operations in Neenah and Menasha, which manufacture the Tork®

brand of away-from-home tissue products, is proud to announce that it has received the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020-2021 Leadership in Sustainability Award for Water from the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). As the national trade association for the paper and wood products industry, AF&PA advocates for a strong and sustainable industry for all of its manufacturer members.
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Verso Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.10 per Share
MIAMISBURG, Ohio, Nov. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2021 and announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend for the quarter ending December 31, 2021, in the amount of $0.10 per each outstanding share of Verso`s Class A common stock. The quarterly cash dividend is payable on December 29, 2021 to Verso`s stockholders of record holding shares of common stock at the close of business December 17, 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Highlights:

  • Net sales of $339 million, an 11% increase over third quarter 2020 and a 3% increase over second quarter 2021
  • Net income of $58 million compared to a net loss of $31 million in third quarter 2020 and net income of $16 million in second quarter 2021
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $67 million compared to $12 million in third quarter 2020 and $52 million in second quarter 2021
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin of 19.8% compared to a 3.9% margin in third quarter 2020 and a 15.8% margin in second quarter 2021
  • $286 million in available liquidity including $166 million in cash
  • Returned $14 million in capital to shareholders in repurchases and quarterly dividends

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"This was a strong quarter for Verso...

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Valmet and Neles target for completion of the merger on or before April 1, 2022
Valmet Oyj and Neles Corporation announced on July 2, 2021 that Valmet and Neles will merge creating a leading company with unique offering for process industries globally.

The completion of the merger was expected to occur on January 1, 2022, subject to all conditions for completion being fulfilled. Due to the regulatory review processes taking longer than previously estimated, the completion of the merger is now targeted to occur on or before April 1, 2022.

The length of the regulatory review processes has been impacted by third-party statements submitted to competition authorities.

Information on Valmet and Neles in brief...


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Sonoco expanding residential recycling of iconic paper containers in the U.S.
Sonoco recently announced it is expanding post-consumer recovery and recycling opportunities for its iconic EnviroCan™ paper containers in the U.S. to be used as raw material at 10 of its paperboard mills to produce new paperboard.

According to Elizabeth Rhue, staff vice president of sustainability, all of Sonoco’s U.S. paper mills have validated that they can accept rigid paper cans in bales of mixed paper coming from residential Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs). These mills, located in Menasha, Wis., Newport, Tenn., City of Industry, Calif., Hartsville, S.C., Holyoke, Mass., Richmond, Va., Sumner, Wash., Hutchinson, Kan., DePere, Wis., and Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., will use the mixed paper to produce 100 percent recycled paperboard, with up to 85 percent post-consumer fiber.


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R.R. Donnelley to Be Acquired by Atlas Holdings for $2.1 Billion
Nov. 3, 2021 - R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company ("RRD") today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by affiliates of Atlas Holdings LLC ("Atlas"), which operates a global family of manufacturing and distribution businesses, in an all-cash transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $2.1 billion...




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Valmet and Neles target for completion of the merger on or before April 1, 2022
Valmet Oyj and Neles Corporation announced on July 2, 2021 that Valmet and Neles will merge creating a leading company with unique offering for process industries globally.

The completion of the merger was expected to occur on January 1, 2022, subject to all conditions for completion being fulfilled. Due to the regulatory review processes taking longer than previously estimated, the completion of the merger is now targeted to occur on or before April 1, 2022.

The length of the regulatory review processes has been impacted by third-party statements submitted to competition authorities.

Information on Valmet and Neles in brief...

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Clemson Announces Fall 2021 Outstanding Packaging Science Senior Award Winners

From Clemson University comes news about two 2021 awards. Henry Lopez won the Robert Testin Outstanding Packaging Science Senior Award for Fall 2021, and Michaela Gibson received the Packaging World Outstanding Senior Award for Fall 2021.


Robert Testin Outstanding Packaging Science Senior Award winner for Fall 2021

Mr. Henry Lopez is a senior at Clemson University, majoring in Packaging Science with an emphasis area in package design and graphics. Henry strongly values building meaningful relationships with people. One of his professional goals is to practice being an empathetic leader....

Packaging World Outstanding Packaging Science Senior winner for Fall 2021

Ms. Michaela Gibson is a combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science student in Packaging Science at Clemson University. Michaela will graduate with her Bachelor’s in December 2021, and she will remain at Clemson University to continue working on her Master’s in Packaging Science...



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`An important contribution to the international scene`: A parcel of forestland near Rhinelander was home to nuclear radiation tests on trees
RHINELANDER – In the late 1960s and the early 1970s, a plot of forestland in Wisconsin`s Northwoods was home to one of the most curious experiments born out of the nuclear fears of the Cold War.

Researchers wanted to know what kind of impact radiation would have on the plants, trees and small woodland creatures of the northern forests, in case nuclear warfare was waged on the United States. The Enterprise Radiation Forest was fenced off, and the government brought in a small electronically controlled irradiation source that allowed for radioactive waves to go out into the forest. 

According to the U.S. Forest Service, the experiment was ended by the Atomic Energy Commission after only three years of operation. There hasn`t been any radioactivity since then and the site was eventually decommissioned by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources...
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Ken Notes: GREAT READ! This has the making of a great movie plot with 100ft bears and toilet paper that glows in the dark!

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AF&PA Says House Passage of the Build Back Better Framework is "Short-Sighted"
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2021 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock issued the following statement in response to the U.S. House of Representatives` passage of the Build Back Better Act framework.

"AF&PA cannot support the corporate tax increases put forth in the Build Back Better Act. These tax increases would significantly impact U.S. manufacturing jobs and undermine our nation`s economic recovery. We urge policymakers to recognize that our country is struggling under the worst inflation seen in three decades....
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Ken Notes: WisconsinPaperNews.com takes no political position but in this case is simply reporting on a stance taken by The American Forest & Paper Association which represents many of our readers...

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Scania and SCA develop first 80 tonne electric timber truck
In another step towards a fossil-free society, SCA and Scania are together developing the first electric timber truck with a technical capability of up to 80 tonnes total weight. The vehicle is a sustainable transport solution enabled through another close cooperation between Scania and a progressive customer.

It is possible to drive longer distances with heavy electric transports. Scania and SCA are proving that with a new battery electric vehicle capable of total weights of up to 64 tonnes on public roads and 80 tonnes on private roads. The electric truck will transport timber in the Swedish region of Västerbotten, between SCA’s terminal in Gimonäs and its papermill in Obbola outside Umeå, starting already in 2022. 

For SCA, which is Europe’s largest private forest owner and maker of sawn wood products, packaging materials and pulp, electrifying road transport is an important part of work to reduce its environmental impact. Ever year, SCA transports about 8.5 million cubic metres of wood to industries, utilising 265 timber trucks in collaboration with 87 haulage contractors...


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Ken Notes: Not in North America yet but WAY COOL!!!

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Green Bay Wisconsin is Also Know as the ‘Keister Kingdom’ Butt…Why?
There isn`t one city in America what deals with more "butth***s" daily, than Green Bay, Wisconsin. Truth! They have this "area" wiped clean...Alright, I`ll stop. Let`s flush this and move on.

T.P. was invented in 589 AD...or maybe not...and the world changed, and we thank you. Think of what came before, leaves, sheets, blankets, stray, hay, who knows!

Enter Joseph C Gayetty, the inventor of toilet paper. "Medicated Paper For the Water Closet," was the first description of toilet paper. Look at us now, we have rapping cartoon bears singing about their clean butts on t.v. Society has come a long, gross, way.

“The Greatest Necessity of the Age!” ....


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Ken Notes: Just the messenger here, but the nation knowing we produce most TP for the US market is not a bad thing.

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November 1900: Pulpwood & the Railroad
The paper industry was a booming in Wisconsin throughout the latter half of the 19th century and the early 20th century, and at one point was the third-largest industry in the state.

Connections between paper mills in Wisconsin supported industries around the northeast part of the nation, and largely supported Chicago as it continued to expand. The paper mills needed to transport massive amounts of paper and wood to and from their facilities, and railways were built and bought to expedite transportation as the industry continued to expand.

On Nov. 3, 1900, negotiations opened up for the purchase of the Marshfield & Southeastern railroad, an 11-year-old rail line that stretched 36 miles from Marshfield to Nekoosa. The rail line was built near the Northwestern railroad, which was collaboratively built between the Upham Manufacturing Company and the Wisconsin Central....


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Prevent the Spread of Forest Pests – Don’t Move Firewood
With the annual gun deer hunting season starting soon, many will travel to their annual deer camp spot in our state.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is asking hunters who use firewood to either buy local or certified firewood in order to prevent the spread of harmful forest pests and diseases.

Protecting our forests helps preserve wildlife habitats used for hunting. State certified firewood displays a DATCP label with a certification number and the firewood dealer’s name.

It is available at many retail locations including gas stations and may be purchased directly from certified firewood dealers.

DATCP’s firewood dealer certification program is voluntary, and there are currently 36 participants....


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With revenues soaring, WM and others invest in processing
Driven by labor market difficulties, Waste Management is accelerating its plans to upgrade MRFs so they can operate more profitably and with a smaller headcount, the company’s CEO said.

The comment from Jim Fish came as Waste Management (WM), North America’s largest garbage and recycling company, reported surging recycling revenues during the third quarter. WM found its recycling business was more profitable, partly because of lower operating costs at its new, highly automated MRFs in certain markets.

“Given the success of these rebuilds and the labor inflation challenges of late, we have accelerated the retooling of the remaining single-stream plants and expect to address 90% of single-stream volume by the 2023-2024 timeframe,” Fish said during an Oct. 26 conference call with investors. Those MRF-upgrade investments are expected to total $200 million in 2022 alone, the company announced on Nov. 15....


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County earns statewide forest productivity award
 Taylor County was recognized for having the top managed public forest in the state for productivity for the fourth year in a row.

The county’s forestry department received the Milt Reinke Forest Productivity Award from the Wisconsin County Forests Association. The award, named after a former Department of Natural Resources forester recognizes county and state forest management for productivity based on a ratio of harvest to total ownership.

The traveling trophy was established in 1985 and is available to all state and county forests.
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NorthShore Holds Fashion Show for Adult Diapers

Event features MegaMax briefs

NorthShore Care Supply, the company behind NorthShore premium adult diapers and high-absorbency incontinence products in the U.S., is pleased to announce Megamax: Style & Protection, its first fashion show. The cutting-edge video is a rare exclusive look at its most absorbent tab-style brief. It highlights the product’s recent launch of new colors black and tie-dye, which has quickly become a top seller among Baby Boomers and Millennials alike.


“Can adult diapers be considered fashion? At NorthShore, we like to think so,”...


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Ken Notes: I applied to be a model but was turned down, Age Discrimination? Body shaming? Too far North?

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INDA Names New COO
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has named Anthony “Tony” Fragnito COO, reporting to INDA president, Dave Rousse. Fragnito will take a lead role in updating INDA’s technology platform, financial operations and implementing INDA’s new Strategic Plan.

He brings decades of leadership experience assisting trade and professional organizations in realizing their organizational and operational potential. A certified public accountant, Tony brings strong financial acumen in addition to extensive technology, human resource and program management accomplishments from organizations representing a variety of professions and industries. He most recently was chief financial officer of International Society of Automation (ISA) in Research Triangle Park, NC...
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Amazon Invests in Fit-to-Size Boxmaking Equipment Company

Amazon expects that the technology could reduce the cubic volume for each box by 24% on average and reduce the use of approximately 1 billion plastic air pillows by the end of 2022.

Amazon has announced that The Climate Pledge Fund—a corporate venture capital fund that invests in companies that can accelerate Amazon’s path to meeting The Climate Pledge commitment—is investing in CMC Machinery, a company with technology that makes custom-sized boxes that eliminate the need for single-use plastic packaging...





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Executive Talks: David Price Discusses Nonwovens Investment in 2020-2021
Price speaks to editor Karen McIntyre about the unprecedented rate of expansion in the industry over the last 18 months...

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Avery Dennison introduces three new papers made from 100 % recycled fibers
Avery Dennison has introduced 3 white, uncoated papers made from 100% recycled fibers. This expands the company’s portfolio of post-consumer recycled materials to offer premium solutions for wine, spirits, food, and beverage.

Industry regulations, company environmental policies, and consumer demands all contribute to the rising need of sustainable label and packaging solutions. Avery Dennison offers a portfolio of papers, films, and liners made from recycled content that can help businesses reach their sustainability targets....
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China Imported 30% of Its Total Volume of Softwood Logs from Europe in 2021
Nov. 23, 2021 - European softwood logs were practically non-existent at Chinese ports five years ago. However, a combination of a never-ending hunger for more wood in the country, reductions in shipments from previously significant trading partners, and an oversupply of timber in Europe have altered the log flow into China over the past four years, according to the latest Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ) report.

New Zealand, Russia, and the US accounted for almost 75% of the total import volume to China in 2017. However, throughout 2020 and 2021, there were sharp declines in supply from Russia and the US, while shipments from Europe and Latin America rose. During the first nine months of 2021, almost 80% of all imported logs came from New Zealand, Europe, and Latin America...


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Sawmills in Europe and North America enjoyed record profits in 1H/21
sawmills in Europe and North America enjoyed record profits during the first half of 2021, but fell in the 3Q when lumber prices plunged

Sawmill profits in North America and Europe continued to rise in the spring and early summer of 2021, surging to all-time highs on both continents. With lumber prices reaching unprecedented levels and costs for sawlogs moving up relatively less, profits for sawmills reached record highs in the 2Q/21. The gross margins, defined as the margin between lumber prices and net wood costs, were by far the highest in most regions covered by the WRQ since it started tracking quarterly sawmill profits in 2005.

The surprisingly strong demand for lumber and high operating rates at lumber manufacturers resulted in increased costs for sawlogs during the past year, with some of the most significant increases occurring in western Canada, the Nordic countries, and Central Europe...


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Aluminum can producers to lobby for deposit legislation
Beverage can manufacturers will direct money into pushing state lawmakers to pass new container deposit laws, as part of an industry effort to boost UBC recycling rates.


“This is going to be a serious push,” Scott Breen, vice president of sustainability at the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), told Resource Recycling in an interview.

CMI today announced a new industry goal for used beverage can (UBC) recycling in the U.S., as well as broad strategies to achieve the goal. CMI’s members set a joint goal of a 70% UBC recycling rate by 2030, up from 45% last year...
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Ken Notes: We are following this because it may eventually impact other packaging...

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‘Indigenous identity and the land are inseparable’: Menominee Forest researcher to start podcast
Jasmine Neosh strolls through the Menominee Forest realizing that so much can be learned here about how native woods are supposed to be without many of the invasive plants from Europe...

...Bruegl knew or knew of all this year’s Forge Project fellowship recipients, who all have ties to Wisconsin. The other three recipients are Chris Cornelius (Oneida), who is an architect focused on designing spaces through the translation of Indigenous culture; Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga), a visual artist and filmmaker; and Brock Schreiber (Mohican), who is working to revive the Mohican language.

With the fellowship funding, Neosh is creating a podcast called “Of the Land” that should be ready for download by early next year....


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unPACKed Podcast: Emphasis on Ease of Operation at PACK EXPO

PMMI Media Group Editors explore tools OEMs showcased at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO specifically to attack workforce issues.

Melissa Griffen Contributing Editor Lilián RobayoMundo PMMI Natalie Craig Senior Managing Editor David Greenfield Director of Content

Mundo PMMI`s Lilián Robayo, OEM`s Natalie Craig, Automation World`s Dave Greenfield and ProFood World`s Melissa Griffen look back at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO. Together they highlight what they felt were the most impactful takeaways from the show, uncovering everything from new recyclable materials to robots. The group also discusses the ways machinery manufacturers are making equipment easier for new employees to operate, helping to tackle the lack of skilled labor as older employees transition into retirement.


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Future-Proof: Design Your Packaging with Robotic Automation in Mind

As robot usage increases, package design should take into mind ease-of-use for this technology, in all points of a product’s life cycle.

Modern package design needs to consider the growing use of robotics, and how that automated process interacts with the package; from manufacturing, to fulfillment, to delivery, and even end-of-life.

Brent Lindberg, ‘Head of Curiosity’ at structural packaging design firm Fuseneo, spoke to ISTA participants yesterday about robots, and said, “there`s not a single manufacturer that we`ve talked to that hasn`t struggled to fill the labor shortages. And so, we talk about robots not as a replacement of labor, but a placement of labor in a lot of cases when labor can`t be found, or when it`s a job that is going to be strenuous or repeated....


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Crane Operation At Its Easiest – Introducing Komatsu Smart Crane For Harvesters
For a harvester operator, an easily operated crane is important for ensuring a productive working day. Every movement that can be simplified contributes to increased production and, ultimately, greater profitability. Introducing Komatsu Smart Crane for harvester, Komatsu Forest take crane control to the next level, where the crane is controlled with a single lever movement, from the main boom all the way to the tip of the telescopic arm. The result is a faster and more precise crane operation as well as a more relaxed and efficient operator. Komatsu Forest presented their first parallel crane for harvesters back in 1999. Its inventive design linked the main and outer booms, thereby simplifying crane control. Smart Crane takes this development to the next level, with the crane moving as a single unit – from the main boom all the way out to the tip of the telescopic arm...

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Ken Notes: Visiting their North America (Milwaukee) website returns me to my childhood fantasies of playing with "BIG" toys!

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Paper Can for Sangria is the Full Package

Imported from Spain, Pulpoloco Sangria not only has beautiful branding, but its aseptic paper can is shaped like a traditional beverage can, while using 30% less material than aluminum or PET.

Splash Beverage Group, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company specializing in the manufacture, distribution, sales, and marketing of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, announced in June that it was “enhancing its commitment to developing market share for innovative, socially conscious brands that are sustainably focused.” Walking the walk, the company is the sole distributor outside of Spain of a sangria brand with indisputable sustainability street cred: Pulpoloco Sangria.

Says Splash CEO Robert Nistico, three things attracted Splash to the brand: “The sustainable, game-changing packaging, the sangria liquid itself, and the branding!”...


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Celadon to Open North American Headquarters and Recycled Pulp Operations in Savannah
Nov. 29, 2021 - Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Nov. 12 announced Celadon Development Corporation ("Celadon") will invest more than $155 million in opening a North American headquarters and a state-of-the-art recycling and advanced manufacturing facility in Chatham County, creating 117 jobs in the Savannah area. This represents Phase 1 of Celadon`s major investment project in Georgia...


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PulPaper 2022 to build tomorrows bioeconomy
The theme of the forest industry’s PulPaper 2022 is Building tomorrow’s bioeconomy. The PulPaper event, which is free of charge for professionals in the field, will host presentations by forest industry companies on Future Square as well as the PulPaper Conference and the Green Economy Business Summit, both of which are paid events. In the exhibition area, companies in the forest industry meet their clients and present their products. PulPaper 2022 will be arranged on 29-31 March 2022 at Messukeskus Helsinki....

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Ken Notes: If anyone can cover the expenses I will be happy to "report" live from the event...

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Stora Enso`s wood-based battery material wins Metsä360 award
Stora Enso`s bio-based battery material Lignode® by Stora Enso has won the Metsä360 award in Finland. The EUR 30 000 prize, funded by the Marjatta and Eino Kolli Foundation was granted for the second time, was announced at the Lahti Science Day on 18 November 2021.

The jury concluded that the renewable and non-toxic Lignode, that is produced as a pulp production by-product at Stora Enso’s Sunila Mill in Finland, offers opportunities on a global scale. As a material for lithium-ion batteries, lignin significantly increases its added value and has the potential to radically transform traditional industries...


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About Wisconsin Paper News
Ken Harwood
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Wisconsin Paper News is a weekly newsletter and website featuring positive stories from Wisconsin`s Paper industry.

Our goal is to remind the decision makers in Wisconsin of the importance of our industry both historically and more importantly into the future. Wisconsin Paper News will be sent to 2,000 Elected Officials and staff, Press Outlets, and Industry leaders each week. It is free to subscribe.

Ken began his career with Kimberly-Clark, consulted with dozens of Fox Valley Companies and eventually became Mayor of Neenah Wisconsin before heading to Madison where he continues to advocate for Wisconsin businesses and communities. He is a journalist, cheerleader, and proponent for the companies that made Wisconsin what it is today.

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