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Posted on Sep 20, 2018 :: Plant News
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Robinson Metal purchases Appleton company

Robinson Metal Inc. acquired Product Handling Concepts, an Appleton-based custom engineering company specializing in designing, building and integrating automated solutions for manufacturers in tissue, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods.

The partnership between PHC and Robinson began years ago as a customer-supplier relationship. In 2016, Robinson joined PHC’s investment group, and in 2017 became its exclusive manufacturing partner. Since then, the two companies developed collaborative strategies to provide value to the markets they serve.

PHC’s team of engineers, project managers and mechanical assemblers will join the Robinson team at the company’s De Pere location on Eisenhower Drive. Product Handling Concepts became the fifth division of Robinson.

In March, Robinson announced expansion of its operations to Manitowoc. Its custom enclosures division, which has experienced a 30 percent increase in business each of the last two years, will be the first to expand into the new facility.

Company leaders said Manitowoc offers the space and skilled workers needed to meet customer demand. Robinson will lease a 112,000-square-foot facility previously used for production by the Manitowoc Crane Group, which moved most of its operations out of state in 2016 and 2017.

Robinson anticipates hiring approximately 30 employees initially for the Manitowoc operations as well as adding to its workforce in De Pere. The company anticipates adding workers to the Manitowoc facility over the next year as its Fab & Machine and Pipe & Vessel divisions also look to expand there.

NEWMA announces winners of its education awards

New North manufacturers and educators will be honored Oct. 23 at the NEW Manufacturing Alliance’s Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnerships Awards event.

Held at the KI Center in Green Bay, the awards event spotlights best practices in manufacturing and education collaborations throughout Northeast Wisconsin as well as showcasing top talent from local manufacturing companies.

The Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnership award winners include:

Manufacturing Awards:

• Brighter Image: Samuel, Son & Co.

• Educational Partnership: Bemis Co.

• Leadership: Plexus

• Manufacturing Innovation: Johnson Controls

• Visionary: Pete Uvaas, Fox Valley Tool & Die

• Youth Apprenticeship: Jagemann Stamping

Educator Awards:

• Brighter Image: Chilton High School

• Career Pathmaker Administrator: Jeff Kasuboski, Wautoma Area School District

• Career Pathmaker Educator:
Cyndi Cantwell, Green Bay Area Public Schools

• Career Pathmaker Technology Education Teacher: Kory Fredrickson, Denmark High School

• Career Pathmaker Technology Education Teacher: Jon Larson, Little Chute School District

• Education Innovation: Southern Door County School District

• Higher Education: Rachel Johnson, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

• Manufacturer Partnership: Wabeno High School

Community Partnership Award: Mark Hawkins, Hands on Deck


Australian company buying Bemis in $6.8 billion deal

Bemis Co. Inc., a major Fox Valley employer headquartered in Neenah, is being acquired by Amcor Limited of Melbourne, Australia.

The all-stock deal is valued at $6.8 billion. As part of the deal, Amcor shareholders will own 71 percent of the new company, while Bemis shareholders will own 29 percent. When the deal closes early next year, the combined company will be known as Amcor.

Announcing the deal, company officials said in a statement that combining the two complementary companies will create a global commercial packaging leader with combined revenues of $13 billion.

The newly combined company is committed to Bemis’ manufacturing sites in the Fox Valley, Bemis President and CEO William Austen said in a release. The company employs around 5,000 at 10 Wisconsin facilities.

“Our employees will benefit as part of a larger and more global organization focused on a commitment to customer service, integrity and supporting strong teams,” Austen said.

WEDC providing $60M tax credits for new paper mill

Green Bay Packaging will receive $60 million in tax credits over 12 years from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to support the company’s plan to build a new $500 million paper mill in Green Bay.

The paper mill is the largest-ever economic development project in Brown County’s history and one of the largest in Wisconsin. The new facility is expected to create 200 jobs.

“When deciding the location for our new mill, despite the greater economic and logistical challenges, we felt it was important to maintain our commitment to Northeast Wisconsin,” Bryan Hollenbach, executive vice president of Green Bay Packaging, said in a statement. “With this investment from WEDC, we are one step closer to making our new Green Bay mill a reality and cementing our presence in the area for the next generation.”

The actual amount of state income tax credits the company receives is contingent upon the number of jobs created and retained, and the amount of capital investment the company makes through 2029.

“This project will provide an economic boost to Green Bay, the region and the entire state,” WEDC President and CEO Mark R. Hogan said in a statement. “WEDC is proud to support this company’s investment in Wisconsin and the many family-supporting jobs it will bring with it.”

The company broke ground on the new mill in August, with Miron Construction Co. Inc. working as general contractor for the facility. The project is expected to create 1,000 additional construction jobs. Appleton-based Voith was selected to install a new paper machine that uses cutting-edge technology and to serve as the single full-line supplier for all corresponding papermaking equipment.

Mishicot High School receives $100,000 in equipment

D&S Machine Service of Luxemburg presented Mishicot High School with a donation of new milling equipment in the amount of $105,690. The new equipment includes a Hass CNC toolroom lathe, a Hass Mini VM, a multipurpose milling machine, two three-axis digital read-out metal lathes and two Haas simulators.

Mishicot High School has established itself as a leader in providing students with a strong career and technical education experience. It provides opportunities for youth apprenticeship placements in multiple career fields, including manufacturing, agriculture, health care, education and construction.Φ