Here at Graphic Packaging, we have been hard at work in Kalamazoo for nearly two years constructing a new $600 million paper machine that expands our processing capacity and ensures job security for our local employees for years to come.
Today, we are thrilled to say that construction was largely completed at the end of 2021 and our new machine, which we refer to as K2, is now producing paperboard. Once it is operating at full capacity, the new four-story machine will produce more than 1,400 tons per day of the highest-quality recycled paperboard in the industry. Here is what it looks like inside:
Our CEO, Michael Doss, recently traveled “back home” to Kalamazoo for a progress update on the construction of our new $600 million coated recycled board (CRB) machine.
The new state-of-the-art machine – which we also call “K2” – is equipped with the latest technology and is almost fully automated, which will further reduce the risk of on-site incidents and help ensure Graphic Packaging maintains its already strong safety record.
After years of traffic bottlenecks and efforts by many local officials and businesses, Kalamazoo is finally poised to benefit from the federal funding necessary to reconstruct the U.S. 131 interchange located just northwest of downtown Kalamazoo. For more than 25 years, the townships of Kalamazoo, Cooper, and Oshtemo, the cities of Kalamazoo and Parchment, along with Kalamazoo County and our state and federal elected delegations have been having this discussion.
This long-awaited project would give the community – and anyone passing through the north side of Kalamazoo – the ability to get onto U.S. 131 and head south without first going north or without driving through residential neighborhoods or downtown to access West Main Street and connect with U.S. 131 to head south.Continue reading “Improved U.S. Route 131 Interchange Would Benefit Kalamazoo Community, Graphic Packaging”
As a major employer in Kalamazoo, we at Graphic Packaging recognize our duty to partner with the community when it comes being a good neighbor and we know it is more important now than ever as we work towards the completion of an expansion project.
In Kalamazoo, we are currently in the midst of a $600 million project to build a new mill that will improve the competitiveness of our local operations and help to ensure job security for employees at our Kalamazoo operations for years to come.
Graphic Packaging’s Kalamazoo roots run deep. Our plant on Pitcher Street on the city’s North side has been in operation for more than 100 years, employing generations of Kalamazoo residents.
So, when the company was deciding in 2019 where to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to build a new, state-of-the-art coated recycled board (CRB) machine, Kalamazoo was at the top of the list. The only question was how state and local officials would react to the project, especially with a competing suitor to their south in Ohio.