US-based paper and packaging producer Green Bay Packaging has awarded a contract to Voith Paper, a group division of Voith, to providea complete packaging production line for the new paper mill in North America.


Image: A Voith's winder. Photo: courtesy of Voith GmbH.

Green Bay Packaging manufactures corrugated shipping containers, folding cartons, and coated label products.

Under the contract, Voith will supply of a 300in wide production line for testliner, an effluent treatment plant, BlueLine stock preparation, WEP, XcelLine paper machine with a design speed of 3,940 ft/min (1,200 m/min) and a VariFlex Performance winder for Green Bay Packaging’s facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Additionally, Voith will deliver paper machine clothing, a seven-year Total Roll Management contract for several machines, and Papermaking 4.0 products.

Voith said that the Papermaking 4.0 concept ensures that equipment is optimally networked. Its effective and secure use of the generated data allows paper manufacturers to improve their competitiveness.

Voith Paper North America business line projects president Martin Jauch said: “Voith is proud of this historic project, and we are eager to continue our strong partnership with Green Bay Packaging.

Miron Construction is responsible for the construction of the mill, while KSH will provide engineering services. The mill is planned to be commissioned in early 2021.

Green Bay Packaging president and CEO Will Kress said: “Partnering with a family-owned company whose North American headquarters is in Appleton, Wisconsin, Green Bay Packaging is advancing its commitment to positively impacting the local economy and becoming a more sustainable producer.

“We appreciate Voith’s ability to get this advanced paper machine fully operational on a condensed timeline to help meet our customer demands.”

In June this year, Greeen Bay Packaging announced its plans to invest up to $475m to construct an advanced paper mill in Brown County in Wisconsin. The facility will replace an existing recycled paper machine that was built in 1947.

Green Bay Packaging operates corrugated container plants, folding cartons, recycled and virgin linerboard mills.

The company also operates sawmill facility, as well as manages pressure-sensitive label rollstock and specialty converting operations.

With around 3,600 employees, the company operates facilities in 14 states, including 12 facilities in Wisconsin.