Green Bay Packaging outlined plans to become a leader in sustainability. At a news conference Monday, the paper mill announced it had turned off its coal-fired boilers and is now running exclusively on natural gas, a move that reduces the company’s emissions by 90 percent.
The paper company broke ground in August 2018 on a new $500 million facility that is the largest economic development project in Green Bay and Brown County. Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach and Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich joined company leaders for an update on the project.
“We’re excited to talk about what will be the most environmentally friendly mill in the United States,” Green Bay Packaging Executive Vice President Bryan Hollenbach said at the press conference.
With the new facility, the company committed to hiring 200 employees statewide, and it’s already exceeded that, Hollenbach said. While there’s still a long way to go on the project, Green Bay Packaging anticipates starting up the first paper machine in the first quarter of 2021.
Hollenbach also discussed plans for finding talent. He said the company has strong groups of both veteran and new employees.
“We’ve actually developed an education system for the new employees that we’re bringing in. We’ve actually started kind of our own Green Bay Packaging University. We’re teaching new employees as we hire them, but it’s always a challenge to find new employees, so that’s something that we’re actively working on as we move forward,” Hollenbach said.