Wisconsin 5P News (Paper Pulp Printing Packaging Plastic)


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.

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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.

  • New North, Inc. – Barb LaMue – President & CEO

  • Kimberly-Clark – Kim Underhill – Group Presiden

  • Hoffmaster Group, Inc.  – Michele Moran – Director of Marketing  & New Product Development

  • University of Wisconsin  Stevens Point – Karyn Biasca – Professor and Chair Person of Paper Science and Engineering College of Natural Resources

  • Sustana – Renee Yardley – Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

  • Susan Stansbury – Industry Consultant & Founder of the Converters EXPO in Green Bay

  • Reynolds Packaging – Lisa Reynolds – CEO
    Note: Reynolds Packaging receives the 2020 Marketplace Governer’s Award recognizing outstanding woman owned business… Dec. 10, 2020

  • Resource One, Inc. – Kristin Manteufel – Director of Sales in Converting

  • PRINTCO – Laurie Burkel – President & CEO

  • Karma Group – Lynn Douville – Principal/Chief Operation Officer

  • Skyline Exhibit Resources – Carol Van Vreede – CEO and Chief Visionary Officer

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February 11, 2021

The Advantages of
Pouch Packaging



Learn how pouch packaging offers high impact graphics, cost, convenience, and sustainability.

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BNP MEDIA Packaging Group is pleased to announce the hire of Sam Paul

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.

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5Pnews Partners (Gold Sponsors)
Partner Level Sponsors (Gold)

First Business Bank


Epiphany Law

Green Bay Innovation Group

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Looking Back at the Women of Flexo in 2020
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...

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How Northeast Wisconsin manufacturers say the state government can help the industry in 2021
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...

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U.S. News and World Report ranks Green Bay as safest city in America

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...


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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5PNews Sponsors (Silver)
Primary Sponsor (Silver)

the KarmaGroup

Castle Pierce

Reynolds Packaging

Midwest Engineered Systems
Web Handling & Industrial Ink Jet / Labeling Solutions

JP Graphics IncJP Graphics Inc

Packerland Websites

Abbott Company

Small Quantity Boxes

Baum Machine
your partner in manufacturing solutions


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Wave of newspapers outsourcing printing
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...

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Newmark closes 388,000 square feet of transactions with plastics maker in Wisconsin
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....

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The 2020 New North Annual Report to the Community AVAILABLE NOW!
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!

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Other Sponsors (Bronze) - Please use links to visit websites...
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Neway Packaging

Jones Sign Co.

BMP Inc.

Waldan Paper

Resource One

Paper Converting

Steen Macek Paper

Anderson &
Vreeland Inc.

Box Latch

Jeff Messenger Industrial Sales


Domino Printing Sciences


Print Pro

The Scan Group

Skyline Exhibit Resource

Converters Expo

Nichols Paper



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Quarterly Market Review Q4 2020
As 2021 begins, the U.S. economy continues to show signs of recovery and resilience. Employment has strongly rebounded with:

  • over 12 million jobs recovered since May;

  • a soaring housing market; 

  • the ISM Purchasing Managers Index has returned to pre-pandemic levels, reaching a two-year high in October;

  • many companies reporting better-than-expected quarterly results;

  • consumer confidence has trended higher but has a way to go before attaining levels seen early in 2020.

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.

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Percentage of women on Wisconsin corporate boards reaches all-time high
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...

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NERC report highlights domestic recycled paper capacity increases

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...

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Avery Dennison seeks quick turnaround with ACPO buy
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....

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Yan Cheung biography
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.

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Associate Sponsors


New North

SPL Consulting

 EMT International

HP Indigo Digital Presses

The Mail Haus

CBC Coating

Legacy File


Foil & Specialty Effects Association

Nichols Paper

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Converters Expo: Your One-Stop Shop For All Things Converting

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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Robinson`s packaging conveyor expertise fits food grade needs
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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About 5P News (5PNews.com)

Marty Ochs
Green Bay Innovation Group (GBIG)
martinpochs [at] gmail.com

Ken Harwood
Advocating for Wisconsin

Ken  [at] KenHarwood.com

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 martinpochs@gmail.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.
Wisconsin & "Paper Mills" OR Pulp OR Printing OR Packaging OR Plastic OR Flexo OR Converting OR "Paper Recycling" OR "Forest Management" OR "paper Manufacturing".

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