Regional Roundup

Posted on Oct 30, 2020 :: Regional Roundup
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interstate 41 Corridor

Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac Counties

Amcor develops world’s first type of recyclable pouch 

Amcor announced the world’s first recyclable flexible retort pouch. The technical breakthrough, which many considered impossible, follows years of dedicated research and investment.

The product, which uses Amcor’s AmLite HeatFlex Recyclable solution, has the potential to be used in a variety of retort applications where products with a long shelf life require high-barrier, high-heat resistant packaging.

“The technology to solve the problem of retort recyclability simply did not exist,” said Amcor’s Chief Commercial Officer Peter Konieczny. “Amcor’s innovation represents a breakthrough for brand owners looking to reach their sustainability ambitions.”

Creating a recyclable version was considered such a difficult challenge because it added another requirement to packaging already satisfying high functional needs: withstanding heat-sterilization, blocking oxygen and bacteria, keeping food safe without refrigeration and ensuring a long shelf life. Flexible retort packaging — a modern alternative to metal cans — can improve the carbon footprint of hundreds of consumer products thanks to its light weight, resource efficiency, ease of transportation and minimization of food waste.

Green Bay Packaging acquires Ohio-based manufacturer

Green Bay Packaging has acquired Third Dimension Inc. of Ohio.

Third Dimension specializes in corrugated packaging innovation, molded foam packaging and four-color digital printing. TD is headquartered in Geneva, Ohio, has operations in Middlefield, Ohio, and services Ohio, Virginia and Kentucky.

“The acquisition of Third Dimension is a great fit for Green Bay Packaging. This acquisition gives us the opportunity to grow our business in several states,” said Will Kress, president and CEO of Green Bay Packaging. “Third Dimension has the perfect culture, workforce and strong leadership that fit the GBP model and we look forward to expanding their business and facilities.

TD will continue to be led by company founder Louis DeJesus and General Manager Mike Kelly. DeJesus will also stay on as CEO of CompanyBox, an e-commerce packaging web business in which GBP has a minority ownership position.

New North Summit in March to feature four area leaders

A scheduled welcome message from the Green Bay Packers’ Mark Murphy and presentations from four regional leaders highlight the program of the annual New North Summit, set for Thursday, March 11. Other featured speakers include Kim Bassett of Bassett Mechanical, Dr. Imran A. Andrabi of ThedaCare, Michelle Schuler of Microsoft and Joe Kirgues of gener8tor.

Murphy is in his 13th year as president and CEO of the Packers. In that time, he has overseen success both on and off the field through a Super Bowl XLV victory and development of the Titletown District. Murphy is slated to welcome attendees and to provide an update on the Packers.

In concert with this year’s theme, “Playbook for Recovery – the Rules of the Game Have Changed,” and with the event being held at Lambeau Field for the first time, the speakers will describe their year’s activity relating to “Offense,” “Defense” and “Special Teams.”

Bassett will give the presentation on “Offense,” which describes a company that is expanding. Andrabi will share a perspective on “Defense,” representing an industry that has been challenged through the care of COVID-19 patients, protecting front-line workers and balancing the overall health care needs of residents. Schuler and Kirgues will focus on “Special Teams” as they discuss the gener8tor upskilling initiative, a model that is providing knowledge, skills and access to jobs to those who have been significantly impacted due to the pandemic.

Online registration is available at Early registration is at the discounted rate of $75 until Jan. 15, increasing to $90 on Jan. 16 and to $100 at the door on the day of the event.

West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

Waupaca Foundry wins national sustainability award

Waupaca Foundry Inc., a Hitachi Metals Group company, won a national award for its sustainability practices.

Waupaca Foundry received the American Foundry Society’s 2020 Green Foundry Sustainability Award in recognition of its outstanding leadership in integrating sustainable business practices throughout its manufacturing operations. The manufacturer was cited for implementing the ISO 50001 program to create a formal management system approach to energy reduction.

Compared to 10 years ago, Waupaca Foundry achieved an overall energy consumption reduction of more than 20 percent at all United States plants. The company also is the first United States metalcaster to receive the accredited ISO 50001 Energy Management System certification, an international standard confirming the gray and ductile iron casting supplier has created a system of continuous improvement in energy use, efficiency and consumption.

The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

Marinette-built vessel gets name, shiplift construction planned

The first ship in the Navy’s new frigate class, which will be built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine, will be named the USS Constellation, Navy Secondary Kenneth Braithwaite announced.

In April, the Navy announced up to 10 ships will be built in Marinette in a contract that could be worth more than $5.5 billion. The first ship is expected to be delivered by 2026.

Right now, the shipyard is building littoral combat ships, but the Navy will transition to the more heavily armored frigate. FMM anticipates up to 1,000 jobs could be created through the contract.

It would be the fifth Navy ship to carry the name USS Constellation. The most famous was commissioned in 1855 and is displayed at a museum in the Baltimore Harbor. The most recent was an aircraft carrier retired in 2003.

In addition, FMM signed a contract with Florida-based Pearlson Shiplift Corp. to design and build a state-of-the-art shiplift system in the Wisconsin naval shipyard.

The shiplift will give FMM the capability to launch and retrieve larger vessels that will be produced in the shipyard. This more controlled and gentle launch method allows future ships like the Multi-Mission Surface Combatant and the Constellation Class Frigates to be outfitted to near completion and tested inside climate-controlled facilities before being launched into the adjacent Menominee River.

This multimillion-dollar project, as well as additional capital expenditures, delivers on the commitment FMM made to continue to modernize and expand its shipyard in support of the FFG(X) program and vessels larger than the littoral combat ships currently being built there.

The new shiplift system will be approximately 500 feet long and 82 feet wide, and will be capable of handling vessels weighing nearly 10,000 tons. The system is scheduled to be complete in 2022.

The Lakeshore

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

City of Sheboygan purchases site for new senior center

The City of Sheboygan has purchased the former Save-A-Lot building on North Eighth Street to convert into a new
senior center.

The city, in collaboration with the Friends of the Senior Activity Center of Sheboygan board of directors, determined a new building site is necessary for the Senior Activity Center, currently located at 428 Wisconsin Ave.

A feasibility study found the center’s HVAC and roof systems were outdated and failing. The costs to repair both the HVAC and roof, as well as bringing the building into Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, were estimated at more than $700,000, which did not address the additional programming needs of the building.

Plans for the 30,000-square-foot space include a phased build-out to address the current needs of the Senior Activity Center of Sheboygan along with future needs for expansion and potential community partnerships. The city plans to upgrade the façade to be a more suitable fit for the residential neighborhood. Construction is expected to begin in fall of 2021.

Redline Plastics unveils new Manitowoc manufacturing facility

Redline Plastics opened its new 117,900-square-foot manufacturing plantin Manitowoc.

The facility, located on South 59th Street in the Manitowoc I-43 Technology & Enterprise Campus, more than doubles the space of the manufacturer’s previous facility. The company has seen continued growth in the past several years, and the new space will allow it to accommodate that.

When the project began, the company employed 100 people, and Redline anticipated hiring more than 40 new employees over the next three years. The building, which represents an approximately $12.5 million investment, was constructed on 11.1 acres, large enough to add another 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space to accommodate future growth.