Shawano Paper Mill gets $40 million upgrade

New tissue machine installed in 30 days

Leader Staff

Little Rapids Corp. this week announced completion of a $40 million upgrade at the Shawano Paper Mill.

The company has installed a new state-of-the art crescent forming tissue machine that replaces an existing tissue machine and will significantly increase capacity and capability, according to company officials.

“We are very happy to be able to announce the successful completion of this project,” Little Rapids CEO Kirk Ryan said. “The installation was completed in just 30 days, and the machine was making quality product within the first 12 hours after start-up.”

Ryan says the new tissue machine has increased the mill’s tissue output by about 40 percent. The new machine also expands the mill’s range of capabilities for product weight, fiber content, and pastel and deep dye colors.

“This $40 million investment demonstrates Little Rapids’ commitment to providing high quality solutions for our customers,” Ryan added. “This investment enhances the long-term viability of our Shawano mill and provides stability for employment at this facility.”

Removal of the old machine and installation of the new machine began on Sept. 11 and was completed on Oct. 10.

Little Rapids Corp. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of products for the health care, beauty, packaging, and specialty paper markets, with headquarters in Green Bay. The family-owned business employs over 450 people at its facilities in Green Bay and Shawano.