Governor Scott Walker Proclaims Paper Week

October 2 - 5, 2018 | Fox Cities Exhibition Center (FCEC) - Appleton, WI

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Governor Scott Walker Declares Oct 1-5 “Paper Week” in Wisconsin


Atlanta, GA – (September 13, 2018) – Governor Scott Walker has declared October 1 – 5 “Paper Week” throughout the state of the Wisconsin in recognition of several prominent paper industry events being held in downtown Appleton.

A contingent of nearly 600 international attendees will converge during that week at the Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel and Fox Cities Convention Center to attend two major conferences, the Paper Industry Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, and a series of tours, meetings, workshops, trade fairs, and receptions.

The Wisconsin paper industry is vital to the state’s economy, employing over 31,000 people at 35 facilities with a payroll of nearly 2.5 billion.  

The two conferences, Specialty Paper US and Tissue 2018, are co-sponsored by TAPPI with Smithers PIRA and RISI, respectively. TAPPI is the leading organization for the pulp, paper, tissue and converting industry with members from over 85 countries. Additionally, its Lake States Local Section was instrumental in coordinating many of the activities taking place during this information-packed week.

Specialty Papers US is the only event in North America dedicated specifically to specialty papers, an important growth segment of the industry.  Speakers from ConAgra Brands, Panera Bread, Procter & Gamble, Neenah Paper, Fisher International, Stora Enso, and Essity will participate.  Tours of Neenah Paper, Verso, and U-W Stevens Point’s pilot paper machine have been organized.

Tissue 2018 is the only peer-reviewed technical conference in the tissue industry. Tissue consumption continues to grow both in the U.S. and globally, and technical innovations and advancements are powering that growth. The conference provides the latest information in these areas and features speakers from Kimberly-Clark, Sofidel, RISI, Georgia-Pacific, Fisher International, Focus on Energy and others.  A large exhibit and tours of Pulsar, CR Meyer, Fabio Perini and SGS are part of the program. 

The Paper Industry International Hall of Fame’s annual Induction Dinner takes place Oct 4 and features keynote speaker and inductee Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO, Sofidel. Three other members will also be inducted.  

More information is available at Appleton Paper Week.

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TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and converting industries and publisher of Paper360° Magazine, Tissue360° Magazine and TAPPI Journal. Through information exchange, events, trusted content and networking opportunities, TAPPI helps members elevate their performance by providing solutions that lead to better, faster and more cost-effective ways of doing business. It has provided management training and networking to the industry’s leaders for more than 100 years.