The dedication took place during a meeting of the Packaging Advisory Committee, which includes industry professionals. One of the professionals is Rick Luftman, vice president of sales and marketing for Green Bay Packaging.
Also, there was a virtual audience that included committee members, thanks to the new audiovisual system.
“It has been a pleasure working with Green Bay Packaging over the years and making these updates become a reality for the students and university,” said Associate Professor Robert Meisner, packaging program director.
The company and its foundation also have supported UW-Stout and its students over the years. The George Kress Foundation Packaging Scholarship began in 2010. A $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to one junior and one senior packaging major from Wisconsin or Minnesota.
Additionally, Green Bay Packaging works closely with UW-Stout’s Cooperative Education and Internship Program through Career Services to provide students hands-on industry experiences and has recruited for many years the university’s career conferences.
Willie Johnson, vice chancellor for University Advancement and Alumni Relations, said the “significant gift” highlights one of UW-Stout’s strengths and education advantages.
“This donation really is an example of the comprehensive partnerships we establish with our external stakeholders to ensure student success in their education and future careers,” said Johnson, who also oversees the Stout University Foundation.
Started in 1933, Green Bay Packaging Inc. (GBP) is a family owned, vertically-integrated company consisting of corrugated container plants, a folding carton facility, recycled and virgin containerboard mills, pressure-sensitive label rollstock plants, timberlands, a paper slitting operation, and a sawmill facility. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Green Bay Packaging Inc. employs over 4,000 team members and operates over 35 facilities in 16 states each with a dedication to innovative development of its products and forestry resources, with a focus on safety, sustainability, quality, and continuous improvement. For more information about Green Bay Packaging Inc., visit www.gbp.com.