Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a fully-integrated paper company that manufactures lumber, containerboard and corrugated boxes using virgin fibers and post-consumer recycled furnish. Additionally, there is a folding carton division, as well as, an industry leading coated products division. These family-owned divisions of GBP are located in over 15 states.
A large portion of the operations consists of two paper mills with three paper machines responsible for the production of linerboard and medium paper used to manufacture corrugated boxes. The company’s commitment to recycling and environmental sustainability has set the standard for the industry for decades. The original mill, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, was built in 1949 as a 100% virgin corrugating medium mill; it was the pioneer for utilizing the newly developed NSSC pulping process. The mill’s dedication to the environment and desire for continuous improvement, led to the incorporation of recycled fiber to the raw material mix in 1957. In the late 1980’s, the recycled content was up to 50% of the overall incoming furnish. Between 1989 and 1991, the facility was completely redesigned, rebuilt, and converted to a state-of-the-art 100% recycled mill as it remains today.
The Arkansas mill was built along the Arkansas River in 1965 to produce linerboard to complement the corrugated medium mill in Green Bay. The Kraft cooking process has been utilized in the process to maximize the wood fiber strength for optimal corrugated box performance. Recycled fibers were formally integrated into the process in 1979 at the same time as the second paper machine was installed there.