“Expera Coated Products will be installing a state-of-the-art coater in this new facility,” says Jeff Verdoorn, Rhinelander mill mgr. “This additional asset will also consume base paper that the Rhinelander mill produces. This is an innovative project and we take great pride in it.”
Expera will host a ceremony Nov. 15 to recognize the partnership between Expera Coated Products and Northeast Wisconsin Development Corporation (NEWEDC). Expera has entered into a lease agreement with NEWEDC for financing the expansion, which will allow Expera to bring the new coater technology to its production process.
“Projects like this would not be possible without effective public and private partnerships, in addition to the overwhelming support we received from our United Steel Workers Union Locals 15 and 1778,” adds Verdoorn.
Production on the new coater will begin in mid-2017.