Voith wins historic paper mill contract

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Green Bay Packaging has named Voith Paper of Appleton the sole provider of its packaging production line at its new $500 million facility. This marks the first time a single company has been selected for an entire U.S. paper mill project.

Green Bay Packaging awarded Voith an order for a 300-inch wide production line for testliner. The order includes an effluent treatment plant, BlueLine stock preparation, WEP, XcelLine paper machine with a design speed of 3,940 feet per minute and a VariFlex Performance winder. The package also includes paper machine clothing, a seven-year Total Roll Management contract for several machines and Papermaking 4.0 products. Commercial production is planned to begin in early 2021.

“Partnering with a family-owned company whose North American headquarters is in Appleton, Green Bay Packaging is advancing its commitment to positively impact the local economy and becoming a more sustainable producer,” Green Bay Packaging President and CEO Will Kress said in a statement. “We appreciate Voith’s ability to get this advanced paper machine fully operational on a condensed timeline to help meet our customer demands.”

Martin Jauch, president of business line projects for Voith Paper North America, said the scope of the awarded contract is something that has not been seen before in the U.S. papermaking industry. He added Voith is the region’s only manufacturer capable of providing components for such a complete installation.

“Voith is proud of this historic project, and we are eager to continue our strong partnership with Green Bay Packaging,” Jauch said in a statement.

Miron Construction of Fox Crossing is leading construction for the new Green Bay Packaging mill, while KSH Solutions will supply the project’s engineering.