“We understand that to put people to work, you don’t just wave a magic wand,” Walker said. “You’ve got to have employers who are willing to make an investment in new equipment, new capital purchases and new technologies.”
Fox River Fiber, which employs 54 workers at its De Pere facilities, added jobs when it brought its $7 million wastewater pre-treatment facility online late in 2013. The anaerobic digesting system creates cleaner industrial wastewater and is designed to handle as much as 1.2 million gallons of wastewater per day.
Fox River Fiber previously had invested $3 million to increase its de-inked pulp capacity 10 percent to 146,000 tons per year. The company is an industry leader in turning post-consumer wastepaper into high-quality pulp for environmentally conscious companies.
“The best way to be environmentally sustainable is to be economically sustainable as well,” Walker said. “That’s what you see with this process.”
In addition to its efforts to generate cleaner wastewater and recycle postconsumer wastepaper, Fox River Fiber uses 93 percent of the byproducts generated by its proprietary de-inking process for beneficial purposes such as animal bedding, and lawn and garden care products.
Fox River Fiber earned the Best Places to Work Award from the Pulp and Paper Manufacturers Association (PPMA) in 2013 and the Business Friend of the Environment award from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce in 2011.
Contact Ted Heimerman, Vice President of Sales, for more information about de-inked pulp products at 920-347-4430.
Photo caption: Greg Archambault - President of Fox River Fiber, Jeff Walsh - VP of Green Bay Packaging, Doug Osterburg - CEO Appleton Coated, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker