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Posted on Jan 14, 2020 :: Plant News
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Oshkosh Defense receives $803.9 million JLTV contract

Oshkosh Defense announced that the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Warren has placed an $803.9 million order for 2,721 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles. Additional orders from the U.S. Army Contracting Command are anticipated within this fiscal year.

This order includes JLTVs for the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. It also includes vehicles for the country of Montenegro via Foreign Military Sale. The distribution of JLTVs ensures that multiple branches of the U.S. military have the light tactical vehicle they need to perform missions that support the national defense strategy.

“As the threats on today’s modern battlefield continue to evolve, our Warfighters need a highly capable light tactical vehicle that is uniquely suited for mission adaptability,” said George Mansfield, vice president and general manager of joint programs for Oshkosh Defense.

Green Bay Packaging achieves sustainability milestone

Green Bay Packaging has outlined its plans to become a leader in sustainability. In December, 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 history.

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 announcing the project’s latest developments.

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 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.

Carnivore Meat announces manufacturing expansion

Green Bay-based Carnivore Meat Co. announced it is embarking on a manufacturing expansion. It includes revamping production lines and making significant investments in new meat processing equipment, including individual quick freeze tunnels, blenders and conveying systems that will increase overall speed and capacity. 

The improvements will increase the output of its frozen and freeze-dried products. This comes on the heels of the multimillion-dollar expansion of its freeze-drying facility in 2018. 

“With the increasing demand for our products, which is expected to continue trending upward, our ability to more efficiently manufacture all of our products is paramount,” Vice President of Operations Brian Lakari said in a press release. “With these changes, we will be prepared and well positioned to meet the rapidly growing demand.”

Vollrath acquires assets of St. Paul, Minn., company

Vollrath Co. acquired the strategic assets of Albers Mechanical Contractors Inc., based in St. Paul, Minn.

With over 23 years of experience operating in the foodservice marketplace, Albers expands Vollrath’s high-end custom fabrication capabilities and capacity for its Serving Systems and Components division. This includes a selection of adjustable breath guards and custom refrigeration components as well as added millwork and installation capabilities.

Vollrath will establish a new facility in Newport, Minn. At more than 70,000 square feet, the building will be the 11th manufacturing facility for Vollrath Co. and the ninth in the United States.