Steve Blasczyk Joins Fox River Fiber as Production Manager

Blasczyk Also Serves on Company’s Leadership Team

Steve Blasczyk - Fox River FiberDE PERE, Wisconsin – Paper industry veteran Steve Blasczyk is the new Production Manager for Fox River Fiber, the industry leader in the deinking of post-consumer wastepaper to produce premium recycled pulp.

Blasczyk, who brings more than 30 years of leadership and operational experience to his role, also serves on the company’s Leadership Team. He provides leadership, guidance and direction to the production teams, and works closely with the Process and Maintenance teams to ensure the plant meets total manufacturing objectives in a timely, safe and efficient manner.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Blasczyk earned his Lean Manufacturing Certification and Six Sigma Green Belt from Milwaukee School of Engineering.

About Fox River Fiber

Fox River Fiber operates out of a highly automated, state-of-the-art facility in De Pere, Wisconsin (USA), where its premium pulp is used in the production of printing and writing paper, tissue paper and FDA-compliant products. The company earned the Best Places to Work Award from the Pulp and Paper Manufacturers Association (PPMA) in 2013.

Fox River Fiber recently combined with Saint-Jérôme, Quebec-based Rolland Enterprises Inc. under the H.I.G. Capital private equity umbrella. Together with Rolland’s deinking facility in Breakeyville, Quebec (Canada), Fox River Fiber provides a dual-mill pulp solution for customers throughout North America.

Fox River Fiber Gets FDA “No Objection” Letter for Use in Food Packaging

Fox River Fiber Becomes the Only De-inked Pulp Manufacturer Able To Support the Use of 100% Recycled Fiber With Direct Food Contact

FDA no objection letter pulpDE PERE, Wis. – It is a historic day in the world of post-consumer recycled pulp paper. After the long approval process by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Fox River Fiber has been granted a “no objection letter” for the use of their product in direct-contact food packaging.

As stated in the letter from the FDA, “The finished paper may be comprised of up to 100 wt-% of Fox River Fiber’s recycled fiber.” Therefore Fox River Fiber’s recycled pulp can be used to comprise 100% of food packaging material while being in contact with all types of food under all conditions of use.

This opens the door for companies to promote their sustainability programs by using 100% post-consumer recycled packaging. A popular national coffee chain has publicized that their signature cups are made with 10% post-consumer recycled paper fiber and have been since 2006. Fox River Fiber is the only company whose recycled pulp can completely make up a food container. This means that companies with sustainability programs can now produce their specialty packaging for direct food contact with up to 100% recycled fiber with no barrier required.

“This letter has been a long time coming,” says Ted Heimerman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Fox River Fiber. “The dedicated associates here at Fox River Fiber have been committed to making the premier deinked fiber in the industry. The FDA’s no objection letter is validation of their hard work. Our goal is to continue working with customers to close the loop on their fiber waste streams through sustainable recycling methods.”

The teams at Fox River Fiber take office wastepaper, juice box or gable-top packaging, siliconized paper and other papers and recycle it into clean, high quality pulp. They also produce fiber for printing & writing and tissue manufacturing companies in addition to the newly approved FDA compliant food containers. Recycled pulp isn’t the only way they are being green. Fox River Fiber also take steps to reduce natural gas usage, electrical usage, and water consumption. So far, Fox River Fiber has recycled over 2,000,000 tons of waste paper resulting in over 26,000,000 trees saved.

Fox River Fiber was a finalist for Manufacturer of the Year award in Wisconsin in 2014, 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. The company continues to make a difference by its focus on collaboration, innovation and green initiatives.

Fox River Fiber is located in De Pere, Wisconsin. You can find Fox River Fiber at www.foxriverfiber.com. Contact Ted Heimerman at 920-347-4430 or ted@foxriverfiber.com. Connect with Fox River Fiber through social media via their website.

H.I.G. Capital Affiliate Completes Recapitalization of Fox River Fiber, LLC

logo_capitalH.I.G. Capital, LLC (“H.I.G.”), a leading global private equity investment firm, announced today that its affiliate has completed the recapitalization of Fox River Fiber, LLC (“Fox River” or the “Company”).  Fox River will be combined with Rolland Enterprises Inc. (“Rolland”), a market leader in the production of recycled fine papers and security papers, which was acquired by an H.I.G. affiliate in 2014.

Headquartered in De Pere, WI, Fox River is a leading “green” manufacturer of premium de-inked recycled pulp produced using post-consumer waste paper.  Fox River operates out of a highly automated state of the art facility.  The Company’s products are sold to paper mills for use in printing and writing, tissue and towel, and Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) grade recycled paper applications.

Ricky Stokes, Managing Director of H.I.G. Capital, said, “Fox River Fiber is an industry leader with a long track record of producing superior quality de-inked recycled pulp with the highest level of environmental sustainability and efficiency.  Fox River and Rolland are highly complementary businesses.  We are pleased to support the team in their growth and continued success.”

Greg Archambault, CEO of Fox River, said “This transaction sets Fox River up for significant growth over the next few years, benefiting employees, suppliers and customers.  We are excited about finding ways for Fox River and Rolland to work together to expand our footprint and provide a better experience for our customers.”

About Fox River Fiber, LLC.

Headquartered in De Pere, WI, Fox River Fiber is a leading manufacturer of premium de-inked recycled pulp from post-consumer waste. Its state of the art facility – the most advanced in the industry, highly automated proprietary processes, and computerized monitoring system allow for the manufacture of the highest quality de-inked recycled pulp for use in the production of writing paper, tissue paper, and FDA compliant products.

About Rolland Enterprises, LLC.

Headquartered in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, Rolland is the market leader in the production of ecological fine papers and security papers. Rolland produces fine papers with 100% and 30% post-consumer fiber and security papers for applications including vital records, passports and visas. The Company maintains three facilities including a deinking facility in Breakeyville, Quebec, and a paper mill and converting center in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec.

About H.I.G. Capital

H.I.G. is a leading global private equity investment firm with more than $17 billion of equity capital under management. Based in Miami, and with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York and San Francisco in the U.S., as well as international affiliate offices in London, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Rio de Janeiro, H.I.G. specializes in providing capital to small and medium-sized companies with attractive growth potential. H.I.G. invests in management-led buyouts and recapitalizations of profitable and well managed manufacturing or service businesses. Since its founding in 1993, H.I.G. has invested in and managed more than 200 companies worldwide. The firm’s current portfolio includes more than 80 companies with combined sales in excess of $30 billion. For more information, please refer to the H.I.G. website at www.higcapital.com.

* Based on total capital commitments to funds managed by H.I.G. Capital and its affiliates.

Contact:

Ricky Stokes
Managing Director
rstokes@higcapital.com

Fabian de Armas
Principal
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Hands-on Workshop for Pulp and Paper Basics

Article from TAPPI

Product code: 15HANDSON1
Date: 3/9/2015 to 3/13/2015
Venue: North Carolina State University
Location: Raleigh, NC United States
Contact: memberconnection@tappi.org
Phone: 1.800.332.8686 (US); 1.800.446.9431 (Canada); +1.770.446.1400
Fax: +1.770.209.7206

Co-sponsored by North Carolina State University and TAPPI

This hands-on workshop will provide a broad overview of Pulping, Bleaching, Chemical Recovery, Recycling, Papermaking and Converting. The 5-day course will consist of presentations in the morning and hands-on laboratory and pilot-plant exercises in the afternoon. Students receive a course notebook and CD with approximately 400 pages of reference materials. Workshop material discussed in the mornings will be re-emphasized in lab and pilot plant exercises covering wood structure, wood processing, pulping, bleaching, pulp cleaning, pulp analysis, papermaking, deinking, and refining for increased understanding and retention. One afternoon includes pilot plant paper machine activities. One afternoon includes pilot plant paper machine activities. Students get an opportunity to interface with instructors and other students at a course banquet and a social event. This introduction level workshop is appropriate for technical and non-technical individuals with a desire for a laboratory focused course to understand and appreciate the basics of pulping, bleaching, recovery, recycling, papermaking and converting operations. Students receive a certificate with CEU credits and a short course polo shirt. For those interested in more in-depth instruction in a specific area, individualized instruction can be arranged.

The course registration fee is $1900. There are no refunds for the course. The course is generally fully booked at least three weeks in advance. Alternative dates:

June 8-12, 2015
October 5-9, 2015

For questions related to course content or individualized instruction, please contact Dr. Richard Venditti +1.919.515.6185 or Richard_venditti@ncsu.edu.

For more information and to register online.

For questions related to registration and payment, please contact Mari Asanuma at +1.919.335.6087 or ncsu.wps@gmail.com

Fox River Fiber Provides Secure Document Destruction in Wisconsin

NAID-Certified Operations Turn Unwanted Documents Into Reusable Pulp

DE PERE, Wis. – Certified shredding providers and other companies looking to safely fulfill document destruction requirements are using the secure facilities of Fox River Fiber to turn wastepaper into reusable pulp.securedownload

Fox River Fiber, an industry leader in the de-inking of post-consumer wastepaper, offers the environmentally friendly alternative as a financially positive option for truckloads of wastepaper.

“Our entire unloading bay is a secure area, allowing locked semitrailers to unload their cargos directly into our de-inking and pulping operations,” said Ted Heimerman, Vice President of Sales. “Our processes provide another layer of security in document destruction.”

Fox River Fiber holds certification through the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). NAID is the standards-setting body for the information destruction industry. The NAID’s AAA Certification Program is a voluntary program for NAID member companies providing information destruction services.

In addition to its status as an industry leader in the de-inking of post-consumer wastepaper, 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.

For more information on Fox River Fiber’s document destruction services in Wisconsin, contact Ted Heimerman, Vice President of Sales, at 920-347-4430.

Fox River Fiber Nominated for Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award

Recycled Pulp Supplier Vying for One of Five Grand Awards

Ted Heimerman with a sheet of finished pulp.

Ted Heimerman with a sheet of finished pulp.

DE PERE, Wis. – Fox River Fiber, an industry leader in the de-inking of post-consumer wastepaper, has been nominated for the 2014 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year awards.

The Manufacturer of the Year (MOTY) program recognizes an array of manufacturers of all sizes and sectors of the economy for their economic contributions to the state of Wisconsin. The awards will be announced February 26 at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

Thirty-nine companies are vying for a total of five Grand Awards: four in categories based on company size, and one for providing an exceptional example of inventing and implementing innovative workforce development best practices.

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.

Sponsors of the MOTY awards program include the accounting and advisory firm of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP; the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; and the business association Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

John Lavery Joins Fox River Fiber As Sales Manager

john-laveryDE PERE, Wis. – John Lavery has joined Fox River Fiber as Sales Manager for the industry leader in producing pulp from recycled fibers and label liners.

Lavery serves on Fox River Fiber’s leadership team, where he is responsible for facilitating sales growth through relationships with existing customers and new business development.

Lavery brings more than 20 years of sales and management experience to his role, most recently as a sales account executive for Service Litho. He also spent 17 years in the publishing industry with Banta Corp. as a sales executive and business development manager.

Label Liner Recycling Leader

Fox River Fiber is a leader in supplying high-quality, recycled pulp for environmentally conscious companies. The company uses a label liner recycling process that eliminates the need to landfill the carrier material.

Fox River Fiber’s process removes the silicon from spent label liner and recovers the fiber. This recaptured fiber is appropriate for use in items ranging from food-grade products to remanufactured label release liner.

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.

Brian Watermolen Joins Fox River Fiber as Supply Chain Manager

brian-watermolenDE PERE, Wis. – Brian Watermolen has joined Fox River Fiber as Supply Chain Manager, responsible for leading procurement, logistics and customer service functions for the de-inked pulp supply leader.

Watermolen serves on Fox River Fiber’s leadership team, where he develops optimization strategies and provides the support, innovation and processes necessary to implement those strategies.

Watermolen most recently worked for IYI North as the director of Supply Chain and Business Development. In this role, he streamlined purchasing and developed consolidation strategies in a custom metal fabrication process. He also spent 16 years with Kimberly-Clark in progressive sourcing, purchasing and management roles.

Pulp Manufacturer Industry Leader

Fox River Fiber is a pulp manufacturer that leads the industry in the de-inking of post-consumer wastepaper, transforming recycled fiber into high-quality, de-inked pulp.

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.

Fox River Fiber Turns Recycled Fiber Into High-Quality Pulp

Recycling Processes Generate De-Inked Pulp for Paper Manufacturers

Recycled fiber - Fox River FiberDE PERE, Wis. – Fox River Fiber is becoming an increasingly trusted pulp supplier as the paper industry strives to engage more environmentally sustainable production alternatives.

An industry leader in the de-inking of post-consumer wastepaper, Fox River Fiber transforms recycled fiber into high-quality, di-inked pulp. It has developed proprietary processes to recycle fiber and extend the life of landfills, reducing industry’s dependence on environmental resources.

“Customers depend on our Purity brand of de-inked pulp to meet a variety of needs,” said Ted Heimerman, Vice President of Sales. “Our ability to generate recycled fiber is a perfect fit for environmentally conscious companies.”

The company’s Purity brand of pulp is FDA-compliant pulp and appropriate for a variety of applications, including hot cup stock. Fox River Fiber is one of the only suppliers of FDA-grade recycled pulp in the U.S.

In addition to traditional pulp applications, Fox River Fiber uses all of its de-inking process byproducts for productive purposes such as animal bedding, and products for lawn and garden use.

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 Fox River Fiber’s recycled fiber supply capabilities at 920-347-4430.