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5PNews is a weekly newsletter and website (5PNews.com) featuring positive stories from "The Industries That Built Wisconsin". The 5P’s – Paper, Pulp, Printing, Packaging and Plastic. In addition, this includes Flexo, Converting, Recycling, Forest Management, Manufacturing Equipment Suppliers and hundreds of other supporting industries and businesses.
Marty Notes: Our goal is to remind the decision makers and executives in Wisconsin of the importance of our industries. Wisconsin is still the Number 1 paper producer in the United States. 5PNews will be sent to 2,000 Elected Officials and Staff, Press Outlets and industry leaders each week. It is “FREE” to subscribe (Supported by Sponsors) and sent each week.
5PNews is pleased to recognize these outstanding women in our industries. We recognized these women as those who are driving change in our industries and – in doing so – breaking down barriers and creating new possibilities for future generations.
We are certain we missed a few, and for that we extend our apologies. We will do this again in the future and you can call Marty with your future recommendations. Clicking on the name will bring up a more detailed profile of these leaders....more
This week we are featuring the following stories of our businesses expanding in Wisconsin. Congrats to all, and thank you for investing in Wisconsin.
Acquisition supports the multifaceted needs of book publishers
San Jose, Calif. – National Graphic Solutions (NGS), of Appleton, Wisconsin, a leading print partner to the publishing industry for children’s books, educational products, and the general book market, has been acquired by BR Printers of San Jose, California.
NGS web offset and sheet fed print capabilities, coupled with extensive bindery, and finishing operations, allows the company to execute simple to complex projects, short to long runs, and standard to unique trim sizes. The company produced over one hundred million (100,000,000) books last year. In addition, NGS offers kit building and fulfillment solutions coupled with complete project management services.......more
February 11, 2021
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Digital print giant HP expects personalised products, Business to Consumer (B2C) printing and ecommerce to keep the sector booming in 2021.
Ronen Yancu, head of strategy and business management at HP, said the appetite for personalized goods will continue to soar in 2021.
“Personalized products continue to be a growth area for the print industry- and we see this expanding in 2021. HP research indicates that the personalised gift market will grow by 55% to $31bn in 2021.”...
For families stuck indoors and desperate for entertainment, a cardboard box can transform into a makeshift playground for the kids or a refuge for the cats. Day to day, though, they have been a crucial if often overlooked link in the nation’s supply chain.
But now boxes are piling up in homes across the country because of the explosive growth in e-commerce this year. That’s left the corrugated packaging industry dependent on consumers to recycle the products to support its financial and environmental needs.
Corrugated box shipments grew 9 percent in March from the year-ago period, industry data shows, despite a brief dip in revenue when the pandemic’s initial shock froze up the supply chain. But shipments were again soon boosted by retailers’ overstocking of food, cleaning supplies, and toilet paper amid the panic buying so prevalent in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Shipments continued to climb through the fall, peaking in October, and box makers are on pace to end the year with record production to meet this year’s skyrocketing demand.
BNP MEDIA Packaging Group is pleased to announce the hire of Sam Paul as Associate Editor of Flexible Packaging.December 20, 2020
Sam comes to us with an energy befitting a 2014 graduate of Madonna University, which is complemented by her patient and kind demeanor. Those infectious traits are the cornerstone of an excellent interviewer seeking to get to the heart of the story beyond what’s at face value. She has a knack for technical writing, which is shown in her accuracy and efficiency.
Curt G Joa, Inc.
Curt G. Joa, Inc., a global, custom-engineering design and machine-building company, invested significant efforts to increase production capacity and supply for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items. It was apparent early in the pandemic that US supply for protective face coverings would not be sufficient for the growing need, and JOA responded with several activities.
As early as April 2020, JOA joined the collaboration project Badger Shield that created an open-source design for face shields to provide PPE for the University Wisconsin Healthcare network and other medical personnel in need.JOA developed multiple headband designs for the shield and selected the one that gave the wearer maximum comfort with the tension to keep the shield in place. For the project, JOA converted their equipment in the onsite R&D laboratory, where they have several test stands and a large inventory of other components. With the internal capabilities, JOA designed and produced the first batch of headbands in less than 20 hours from initial request, which helped the Badger Shield project create thousands of face shields immediately...
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Manufacturers are continuing to innovate to meet the increased demand for takeout, delivery and safety.
In a year when to-go packaging demands skyrocketed with the surge in takeout and delivery, operators were sometimes left scrambling.
At times, the supply of packaging couldn’t keep up with the competition for takeout containers among restaurants, schools, health care facilities and supermarkets. A number of operations had to put sustainability on the back burner in an effort to simply keep up. To add to the challenge, the coronavirus crisis called for improved packaging safety and sanitation.
The packaging industry is responding with new designs, materials and other innovations, many of which will carry on into the future. Here’s what’s in store for 2021.
Sustainable packaging will become a priority again....
For many undergraduates, a semester or two of working in a professor’s research group is a great way to learn their way around a lab and burnish their resumes or grad school applications. But the experience of two undergraduate chemical engineering majors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was a little more intense: both made major contributions to a project developing a new technique for recycling multilayer plastic, earning them coauthor credits on a paper in the Nov. 20, 2020, issue of Science Advances...
Ken Notes: Our industries can help eliminate the brain drain problem in Wisconsin by offering UW grads good jobs and opportunities.
Green Bay site will also house demo line
Shemesh Automation has purchased a new facility in Green Bay, WI. The 43,055 square-foot site will be the flagship venue for Shemesh’s new US subsidiary, Shemesh USA Inc. and will help the Israel-based company better serve its growing U.S. customer base.
The site will house the subsidiary’s complete spare parts inventory, a 200ppm complete wet wipes packaging demonstration line including rotary liquid filling, conduction sealing, rolls stuffing and labelling machines.
Shemesh USA Inc. already boasts a superb team of U.S.-based Directors and Field Service Engineers dedicated to providing a local service to their US customers – demonstrating the Shemesh ‘think global, act local’ philosophy...
Marty Notes: We welcome this great addition...
In 2019, the organization dubbed Women of Flexo, or WoF, was formed by the Flexographic Technical Association and given life by the number of women in the flexographic industry. What started as a desire for women in the industry to have a place to turn to for resources and encouragement has blossomed into an accomplished and empowering organization for women over the course of 2020. As we wrap up this a typical year, we want to take a moment to look back on all of the hard work our committees have put in to make WoF successful and how we’re going to continue to grow into 2021...
... If you’re interested in joining the Women of Flexo, visit our website at womenofflexo.org to access past content and learn more about our mission......more
But for manufacturers in Northeast Wisconsin, it was business as usual.
"Where we`re really going to see our state advance the needs of our area, our citizens, is in 2021," NEW Manufacturing Alliance Executive Director Ann Franz said about the state government`s assistance in 2020.
On the day of Governor Evers State of the State address, Franz says Wisconsin`s leaders can help manufacturers combat the years-long issue of a lack of employees in 2021. She believes people just don`t have the right motivation to work in the industry...
Ken Notes:Georgia-Pacific was featured in the article...
By Susan R. Stansbury, Consultant
Nonwovens in general:
Marty Notes: Make sure to click and read the entire article. We thank Susan for sharing this data...
Successfully Managing Wisconsin`s Forest Is About Striking A Balance, Berklund Says
Achieving a social, economic and ecological balance is critical when it comes to managing Wisconsin’s 17 million acres of forest, says Chief State Forester Heather Berklund.
She was named to the role with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in October, becoming the first woman to hold the position.
Berklund, who grew up in the Driftless Area and studied forestry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, told WPR’s "The Morning Show" that forestry hasn’t historically been a diverse profession, but it’s important that changes moving forward.
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- A major publisher is ranking Green Bay as one of the safest places to live in the U.S.
U.S. News and World Report shared their annual rankings for safest cities, and Green Bay tops the list.
"I think it’s great news for the entire Green Bay community," said Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith. "The business community, the people that live here, and certainly for the Green Bay Police Department."
For many in the Green Bay community, it`s no surprise that Green Bay is being recognized as the safest city in America......more
Marty Notes: The Green Bay community is well known for volunteering and giving back to their community. GBIG donated $7,500 in 2020 to those in need in GB. In addition, Green Bay has 67 city parks and 40,000 trees lining our streets...
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Company helps increase US capacity; is committed to meeting the needs of front-line healthcare workers, distributors, and medical device companies
TREVOR, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vonco Products LLC, an industry-leader in the manufacture of liquid-tight medical devices and fluid bags, biohazard transport bags, and infection prevention solutions announced today that it has heeded the nationwide call for disposable Poly Gowns, Level III Surgical Poly Gowns, and Contract Manufactured Poly Gowns. As COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise, production of poly gowns at the Trevor, WI manufacturing facility will increase by more than 7 million units in 2021.
“Whether you’re a healthcare worker, distributor, or medical device company, our large poly gowns offer superior protection against liquid-borne pathogens, waste or debris.”Vonco offers an array of poly gowns: ...
As the new year gets underway, a host of newspaper companies are moving to outsource their printing operations. A number of the papers making the change are owned by Gannett.
These recent changes come on the heels of printing moves or planned moves at the Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, Hartford Courant and elsewhere....
Ken Notes: I have been advocating for Wisconsin to take back it`s local papers from the USA Today Network. We need more local reporters, better stories and an online presence not shielded by paywalls. This is of course a personal opinion and not that of 5PNews.com...
A Wisconsin packaging manufacturer says it has been selected to provide specialty products to protect vaccines for the novel coronavirus during shipment.
Dura-Fibre officials said the company provided laminated paperboard sleeves and inserts for some of the vaccines already moving throughout the U.S. Its products are part of a complex cold-chain system to maintain the cold temperatures needed to keep the shots viable throughout the distribution process.
The first COVID-19 vaccine approved by U.S. regulators, produced by Pfizer and BioNTech, was used to begin inoculating frontline health care workers and residents at elder care facilities. Another shot, developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health, is likely to be approved soon.
Companies are expected to deliver hundreds of millions of vaccines throughout 2021.
“We are proud to be a part of the solution in getting the country past this terrible pandemic,” Dura-Fibre President Luke Benrud said in a statement.
Dura-Fibre, headquartered in Menasha, Wisconsin, also makes industrial crates, slip sheets, industrial totes, folding carton packaging, furniture components, and other custom paperboard products......more
Ken Notes: We share 5PNews.com with a number of press outlets so a story we ran last week can reappear in national press as additional news outlets pick up the story. Make sure we get your press releases!
Sustainability remains a key topic for the packaging value chain, but there are few (if any) insights into consumer perceptions globally—especially now that the COVID-19 pandemic is also influencing consumer sentiment and behavior. To better understand this influence, we launched a survey across ten countries to explore consumers’ attitudes toward sustainable packaging, building on our earlier work focusing on consumer sentiment in the United States...
Newmark has closed 388,940 square feet of real estate transactions with Teel Plastics, LLC in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
These deals include the company’s new 180,000-square-foot lease at 1300 Sauk Ave. and the 208,940-square-foot, two-property sale-leaseback of 1060 Teel Court (139,090 square feet) and 426 Hitchcock Street (69,850 square feet)....
...A winner of Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year in 2015, Teel Plastics serves the agriscience, laboratory sampling bags, medical, consumer cosmetics, water treatment, flex-film cores and industrial piping markets.......more
Ken Notes: A PDF of our Presentation earlier this month...
MATTOON — The shuttered LSC Communications Printing Co. plant in Mattoon has been purchased by a national commercial real estate firm that specializes in revitalizing former manufacturing facilities.
Affiliates of Phoenix Investors, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday announced the year-end acquisitions of the former LSC plant along north U.S. Route 45 and three other industrial properties elsewhere in the United States. The new owner reported that the Mattoon property comprises approximately 1.1 million square feet of improvements on 84 acres.
Each New North Report to the Community, published in collaboration with Insight Publications, serve to update stakeholders and partners on current project work and regional collaborations by New North and its partners.
“Our Annual Report to the Community and Mid-Year reports are a clear, concise guide that many local businesses look forward to each year as it gives a clear snapshot of the New North region,” says Barb LaMue, Executive Director of New North, Inc. “It’s also a great tool for anyone looking to learn about the New North region.”
Marty Notes: The New North, Inc. Annual Report shows the impact of the 5P Industries on Northeastern Wisconsin. Barb LaMue has done an outstanding job supporting the 5P Industries working non-stop with her individual efforts!
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- A family foundation is making a difference for local nonprofits struggling through the coronavirus pandemic.
The Little Rapids Corporation - Egan Family Foundation has donated $210,000 in December to more than 30 local nonprofit organizations.
The donations included $15,000 to Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, $15,000 to Jackie Nitschke Center, $45,000 to area food pantries and $30,000 to shelters, among other recipients.
“Our friends and neighbors are experiencing extraordinary difficulties as a result of the pandemic,” said foundation chair Bailey Egan Cloudman. “We want to help where we can, by supporting vital local efforts to ease the pain in our communities.”......more
Marty Notes: Little Rapids - Egan Family Foundation - A great example of giving back to the local community supporting those in need!
The most valuable business assets today are often intangible assets. Yet, while most business owners take steps to protect equipment, buildings and employees, they often overlook protecting their intangible assets. Failure to protect intangible assets can lead to expensive losses.
To reduce your intellectual property risks, you will need to take action. Review the four key steps below...
As 2021 begins, the U.S. economy continues to show signs of recovery and resilience. Employment has strongly rebounded with:
An additional stimulus package with a price tag of $900 billion was passed late in the year featuring much-needed aid to households, unemployed workers, and small businesses battered by the pandemic. Equity markets staged a stunning recovery from a dramatic plunge in the early part of 2020 with large-cap stocks posting a return with dividends of +18.4% for the year. Get the full report in our latest Quarterly Market Review.
The percentage of board seats occupied by women at Wisconsin’s largest public companies has reached an all-time high, according to new research from Milwaukee Women inc.
According to the organization’s new research report, 20.8% of director seats on those companies’ boards are held by women, up from 18.9% in 2018 and surpassing Milwaukee Women inc’s initial goal of 20% by 2020.
The nonprofit group has produced research on board gender diversity of the 50 largest Wisconsin-based public companies since 2003...
NORFOLK, Va. - A new National Geographic exhibition will make its U.S. museum debut at Nauticus on January 30, 2021.
National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? exhibition will showcase the global plastic waste crisis and highlight innovators like researchers, scientists and artists, working to solve this issue.
The exhibition will help guests learn about plastic`s history, the negative impacts of plastic pollution on our world’s oceans, and the rise of single-use plastics due to COVID-19......more
The latest report includes 28 expansions of which nine have been completed to date.
The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), Brattleboro, Vermont, has released an update to its "Summary of Announced Increased Capacity to Use Recycled Paper" report. According to a news release from NERC, its latest update shows progress toward increased capacity to use recovered paper in North America.
When NERC first published this list in November 2018, the association says it listed new capacity at 17 mills, of which three projects were completed. The latest update includes 28 expansions, of which nine have been completed...
...Midwest Paper Group’s conversion of coated paper to packaging in Combined Locks, Wisconsin, that consumes 400,000 tons per year of old corrugated containers (OCC), double-lined preconsumer kraft paper and mixed paper that was completed in 2018....
...NERC’s list can be found online......more
Avery Dennison has acquired US-based ACPO, a manufacturer of pressure-sensitive overlaminate products for the label and flexible packaging markets, for $87.6 million.
The purchase price includes the majority of ACPO’s assets, including coating, finishing and distribution operations at its Oak Harbor, Ohio, headquarters, as well as three finishing and distribution sites in Atlanta, Georgia; Oak Creek, Wisconsin; and Vancouver, Washington. ACPO employees will transition to the Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials team....
Cheung Yan serves as Executive Chairlady of the Board of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Limited. She has been the Chairlady of the Company since 2006. She is a director of several subsidiaries of the Company. She is one of the founders of the Group and is in charge of the Company’s overall corporate development and the Group’s strategic planning. Ms. Cheung has over 23 years of experience in paper manufacturing and over 33 years of experience in recovered paper recycling and international trade...
Nine Dragons Paper executives and other stock owners filed with the SEC are at the link...
Ken Notes: Impressive, we should extend an invitation to Yan to visit Wisconsin an talk about ND`s role in expanding their paper operations in the State.
Jones Sign Company is helping brighten the Seattle skyline with the recent installation of a four-sided building sign for the new Climate Pledge Arena. The “crown ID” was installed with the assistance of a Blackhawk helicopter earlier this month atop the landmark 1962 World’s Fair roof, which will cover a brand-new arena on the Seattle Center campus.
Scheduled to open in fall 2021, the facility aims to be the most sustainable arena in the world and will be the future home of the NHL Seattle Kraken and WNBA Seattle Storm with dozens of annual concerts. With a similar commitment to sustainability, Jones Sign manufactured and installed the more than 12-ton sign in alignment with the arena’s zero-carbon mission. In particular, the new crown ID is illuminated using faux-neon LED lighting, which uses 60 percent less power than a traditional neon sign of similar scale...
The 2021 Converters Expo will be in back in Green Bay, Wisconsin at Lambeau Field on August 9-10. We can`t wait to see you!
Converters Expo connects manufacturers of paper, film, plastics and nonwovens with industry buyers, specialists and suppliers. The event has seen great growth in the last 14 years, and more than 800 attendees are expected in 2021. Located in the nation`s top Converting Corridor, Converters Expo is THE place to find manufacturing partners, explore testing and prototyping equipment, meet with producers of disposables, and see the latest in flexo printing and packaging.
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When a supplier was unable to meet an order, ATL Corp turned to Nova Label for help sourcing a holographic piggyback paper.
With lead times and supply availability in flux, label converters have had to get creative with troubleshooting. Recently, two such converters utilized the FLAG (Flexo Label Advantage Group) network to fulfill an order requirement....more
ATL Corp, an independent converter located in Menomonee Falls, WI, USA, joined FLAG in October 2020. Although they were, of course, interested in the rebate potential of FLAG, ATL actually joined FLAG with a primary goal of taking advantage of networking tools for learning and sharing with other converters. The Wisconsin-based converter was intrigued by peer groups, the Virtual Summit and Member Connections.
Laura Jackson, supply chain manager, started following Member Connections immediately, enjoying the “chatter” but never imagining that it would come to her rescue in just a few short weeks...
Ken Notes: 5PNews.com is your networking opportunity in Wisconsin...
The great thing about graphic design trends is that each year arrives with the opportunity for a reset. And given the challenging shape of 2020, the design trends of 2021 may offer us the biggest breath of fresh air yet.
While past trends were driven by the promise of a new decade, borrowing from sci-fi and futuristic tech, 2021’s graphic design trends are putting people first. We sampled opinions from our global community of graphic designers, and their predictions—ranging from classic symbolism to nature elements to analogue painting—signal trends that are grounded in the here and now....
Ken Notes: I feel my inner hippie coming out!
Sanitary design has been a focus of packaging conveyor manufacturers of food grade products for years, but never more so than the present as producers seek to protect their customers and workforce from contagions. Robinson`s product handling expertise is helping manufacturers meet food grade standards and maximize efficiencies.
Robinson`s packaging conveyor expertise ranges from midstream technology such as modular conveyors, accumulators and diverters for traffic management through carton packers and palletizers at the end of the production line. Robinson can help integrate new product handling equipment or optimize existing equipment within production lines...
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5PNews is a weekly newsletter and website featuring positive stories on the industries in Wisconsin that helped build the State. Specifically Paper, Pulp, Printing, Packaging, and Plastic or the "5P`s".
Of course this also includes Flexo, Converting, Recycling, Forestry Management, manufacturing Equipment, and the hundreds of other businesses and industries in Wisconsin associated with our 5P`s. Alas that title would be long and confusing.
Our goal is to remind the decision makers in Wisconsin of the importance of our industry both historically and more importantly into the future. 5PNews.com will be sent to 2,000 Elected Officials and staff, Press Outlets, and Industry leaders each week. It is free to subscribe (supported by the sponsors).
Some notes on 5PNews, First you may want to add Editor@WisconsinDevelopment.com to your email contacts. Second, With Wisconsin in the center of the national spotlight, it becomes more difficult to find local articles about our industries -- bad news trumps good news (no pun intended), so if you have news to share send it to Marty at email@example.com. To contact me use Ken@Kenharwood.com. Finally our SUBSCRIBE link is now active.
The Publication is a joint effort of Marty Ochs with the Green Bay Innovation Group (GBIG) and Ken Harwood Editor and Publisher of Wisconsin Development News. Both Ken and Marty have been directly involved with our industries for decades.
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. His other newsletters are read by 20,000+ people each week.
Ken notes, "Wisconsin can not forget the industries that built Wisconsin. We must continue to grow the businesses that we are known for while exploring new markets and innovation."
Marty Ochs founded GBIG to support Green Bay’s paper, packaging, printing, converting and support industries and has grown the effort to cover the local, state and national levels. Marty commented, "The impact and innovation of Green Bay’s paper and related industries often seems to go unrecognized, and we are going to change that."
Ochs grew up in Northeastern Wisconsin and began his career in the paper industry, so he felt determined to bring more recognition to the thriving paper field in Green Bay. With 40 years of experience in the paper and printing industries, Ochs set out to create a collaboration of Green Bay and now Wisconsin companies that would highlight and celebrate current innovation and new exciting innovations the industry is involved in....more
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