Green Bay Packaging building new paper mill

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Green Bay Packaging Inc. is investing more than $500 million into its Brown County operations, giving the United States its first new paper mill in 30 years.

The new mill will replace the company’s current facility, which is 71 years old. The project allows Green Bay Packaging to retain about 600 jobs and hire up to 200 more workers. The new plant would be the largest single business development project in the county’s history.

A new recycled containerboard machine is at the heart of the new facility and will increase the company’s recycled containerboard capacity by 50 percent. The move comes at a time when prices for recycled paperboard continue to rise. Containerboard is used to make corrugated boxes.

Green Bay Packaging President and CEO Will Kress said in a statement that the company has spent the last six months evaluating the purchase and installation of the new machine. It is capable of trimming paperboard up to 300 inches in width and will replace a paperboard machine with a 164-inch trim in operation since 1950.

Founded in 1933, Green Bay Packaging employs 1,575 people at six sites in Green Bay, De Pere and Ashwaubenon.