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Little Rapids Corporation: Completes $40 Million upgrade at its Shawano Paper Mill

(Green Bay / Shawano, Wis.) – Little Rapids Corporation has completed its installation of a new state-of-the art tissue machine at its paper mill in Shawano, Wisconsin. The new crescent forming tissue machine replaces an existing tissue machine and will significantly increase capacity and capability.

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

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

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 September 11, 2017 and was completed on October 10, 2017.

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