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EXPERA SPECIALTY SOLUTIONS ANNOUNCES BRC CERTIFICATION ACHIEVEMENT AT ALL FACILITIES

Kaukauna, WI (September 24, 2018) – Expera Specialty Solutions has achieved BRC Global Standard – Packaging and Packaging Materials Issue 5 High Hygiene Certification at all four Wisconsin paper mills. The facilities are the first paper mills in North America to achieve this high hygiene level of food safety certification.

The BRC High Hygiene standard provides the most rigorous framework to manage product safety, integrity, legality and quality, and the operational controls in the packaging and packaging materials industry. Expera’s Food Packaging and Processing product offerings are among the most innovative and diverse in the industry, and BRC certification assures paper converters, brand owners, and food packagers that Expera’s products can be used globally to meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

“Our manufacturing sites have always put safety and quality at the highest priority, and the recent efforts taken to achieve BRC certification have been significant,” explained Russ Wanke, Expera’s Chief Executive Officer. “Expera works diligently with our customers to create an innovation-focused alliance that enables our customers to continuously develop new products in an efficient manner. Offering BRC Certification to our customers is just another innovative step in ensuring product safety for our customers, and the wider marketplace.”

The BRC Global Standard is part of an independently audited safety and quality certification program. Food industry experts from retailers, manufacturers, and service organizations developed this management system, and it is the first Packaging Standard in the world to be recognized by the GFSI committee.

For more information regarding Expera please visit www.expera.com.

About Expera Specialty Solutions

Expera is a leading North American manufacturer of specialty paper products for the industrial & technical, food, and pressure-sensitive release liner segments. Headquartered in Wisconsin, Expera employs approximately 1,800 people across four Wisconsin-based manufacturing facilities located in Rhinelander, Mosinee, Kaukauna, and De Pere. Additional information regarding Expera, its manufacturing facilities, and its product offerings can be found at www.expera.com.


Expera Specialty Solutions Announces BRC Certification Achievement

Kaukauna, WI (August 2, 2018) – Expera Specialty Solutions has achieved BRC Global Standard – Packaging and Packaging Materials Issue 5 High Hygiene Certification at the two of its four paper mills manufacturing the largest portion of Expera’s Food Packaging and Processing product offerings. The facilities are the first paper mills in North America to achieve this high hygiene level of food safety certification.

The BRC High Hygiene standard provides the most rigorous framework to manage product safety, integrity, legality and quality, and the operational controls in the packaging and packaging materials industry. This certification assures brand owners, food packagers, and manufacturers that Expera’s products can be used globally to meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

The BRC Global Standard is part of an independently audited safety and quality certification program. Food industry experts from retailers, manufacturers, and service organizations developed this management system, and it is the first Packaging Standard in the world to be recognized by the GFSI committee. The BRC’s ability to react to changing food safety concerns and meet food product safety requirements has resulted in BRC becoming one of the most popular GFSI standards. It is why more than 3,500 suppliers in more than 80 countries have chosen to be certificated to this packaging standard and it is recommended or accepted by specifiers worldwide.

Russ Wanke, Chief Executive Officer of Expera stated, “The Expera team puts the highest focus on safety and quality. Achieving BRC Certification is just another way for us to demonstrate this exceptional focus to our customers and the marketplace.”

Certification of all Expera mills is expected before the end of 2018.


AHLSTROM- MUNKSJÖ TO PURCHASE EXPERA SPECIALTY SOLUTIONS

Kaukauna, WI (July 23, 2018) – Expera Specialty Solutions, LLC (“Expera”) announced today that Ahlstrom-Munksjö has signed a definitive agreement to purchase all shares of Expera.

Expera is a leading North American manufacturer of specialty paper products for the industrial & technical, food packaging and processing, and pressure-sensitive release liner sectors. Headquartered in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, Expera employs approximately 1,800 people.

Russ Wanke, Chief Executive Officer of Expera stated, “We are very excited about this next strategic and important step for the Expera business. Since forming Expera in 2013 from the combination of Thilmany Papers LLC and the specialty businesses of Wausau Paper, we have invested significantly in our people and operations, focusing on employee engagement, manufacturing excellence, and providing best-in-class product quality and support to our customers.”

“As we transition to joining Ahlstrom-Munksjö, we remain committed to our core strategic imperatives related to our people and our customers,” Wanke continued. “Ahlstrom-Munksjö will provide additional capital and resources in order to promote continued revenue growth and customer, end-application, and geographic diversification. We thank our customers, suppliers, and employees for their contributions to our success.”

Completion of the transaction is expected to take place in the second half of 2018, and is subject to customary closing conditions and approvals.

For more information please visit us at www.expera.com.

 


Nicolet Mill Recognized for Energy Efficiency

The Nicolet Mill was honored on June 28, 2018 – receiving Focus on Energy’s “Energy Efficiency Excellence Award” for its commitment to reducing energy waste. Nicolet has been active in identifying and implementing energy reduction projects, and as part of the

Focus on Energy grant program, has worked with Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and Focus on Energy on assessments of their processes, and has integrated many energy-saving changes based on the assessment results. Recent energy efficiency projects at Nicolet include LED lighting upgrades, steam system management upgrades, and installing more efficient agitators and pulper rotors. The Nicolet Mill was the only industrial company to receive this honor this year. Representatives from the Public Service Commission, Focus on Energy, WPS, and Wisconsin Assembly Representative Andre Jacque were on-hand to recognize the Nicolet Team Members.


EXPERA LAUNCHES SOAR SUSTAINABLE FOOD PAPERS


(Kaukauna, Wis.) June 18, 2018 – Continuing to be at the forefront of sustainable product offerings, Expera Specialty Solutions, a leading producer of innovative food packaging solutions, announced today its launch of a broad line of SOAR Sustainable Food Packaging and Processing Papers. These papers have the ability to achieve multiple sustainability goals in a single product.

New to Expera’s SOAR product portfolio is Wax Alternative papers.

“Our Wax Alternative papers are manufactured without the addition of paraffin or other petroleum-based materials, creating a more sustainable alternative to the traditionally used quick service restaurant packaging,” explained Robyn Buss, Vice President Sales & Marketing for Expera Specialty Solutions. “These products maintain a high-level of performance and are stronger on a pound-for-pound basis, allowing for improved yield and decreased transportation costs.”

As the industry leader in offering sustainable solutions for our customers, Expera’s team is constantly innovating its SOAR line of Sustainable Food Papers to meet the needs of a growing and demanding market, including its exclusive line of Grease-Gard® FluoroFree® papers.

“When there is a preference to have grease-proof products without the use of fluorochemicals, Expera Specialty Solutions has the unique capability of manufacturing them,” said Buss. “Increasingly, consumers are looking for a fluorochemical-free option, and they still need the product to meet FDA requirements for food contact and be cost-effective and eco-friendly. We are uniquely situated to provide that option, as Expera has been manufacturing grease-resistant papers since the 1930s, well before the creation of fluorochemistry.”

Grease-Gard FluoroFree® papers not only meet a wide variety of grease resistant needs, but also offer a broad range of basis weights, array of finishes, and excellent glueability and printability.

Additional product attributes included in the SOAR product portfolio include:

View Expera’s recently released Sustainability Report!


Expera Coated Products Launches Ultra-Modern Line of AeroBak Liners for Advanced Composites


May 23, 2018: Kaukauna, Wi – Expera Coated Products announced today a new brand of liners used in the manufacture of Advanced Composites. AeroBak™ liners are designed with specific properties and performance characteristics to meet the extreme challenges encountered during the manufacture and delivery of prepreg. These properties represent years of development of both the base sheet and the coatings.

“Expera Coated Products’ AeroBak™ liners deliver solutions to the market using unique technologies that extend our products beyond traditional release liners,” explained Harry Challender, Vice President of Expera Coated Products. “Through collaboration, our team leverages the depth of experience we have in both paper and coating technologies to provide a distinct product to address individual requirements. Expera Coated Products is committed to this industry as witnessed by our recent investment in capacity designed around the unique needs of the composite market.”

While customized to meet the demanding requirements of the aerospace segment, AeroBak™ liners are also used in Ballistics, Recreational, and Wind Energy applications.

To learn more about AeroBak™ Liners for Advanced Composites visit expera.com.

 

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ABOUT EXPERA COATED PRODUCTS

Expera Coated Products is a division of Expera Specialty Solutions. Expera Coated Products manufacturing platform consists of three coaters located in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.expera.com.


EXPERA’S RESIN-GARD™ SATURATING PAPERS

Resin-Guard Saturating Paper logo
Kaukauna, WI: Expera Specialty Solutions product brand, Resin-Gard™, represents its advanced line of saturating papers engineered to achieve uniform saturant (resin or latex) pickup required by manufacturers to meet finished product performance requirements. Resin-Gard™ offers dimensional stability, engineered strength, and surface properties that meet specific processing needs, providing customers with a comprehensive line of quality products.

“Resin-Gard™ provides the market with multiple application possibilities,” said Jeff Murphy, Director of Sales and Marketing for Expera Specialty Solutions. “From building and construction and home décor, to recreation and filter medium, the possibilities are endless.”

Advanced characteristics of Resin-Gard™ include controlled formation which helps achieve even and optimum saturation rates and unique technical effects, controlled porosity, a broad basis weight range of 35-325 gsm, and consistent and efficient strength properties achieved by advanced fiber selection and a unique manufacturing process.

In addition, Resin-Gard™ Saturating Papers are available in blended furnish products to create custom colors, bleached or natural. Natural kraft offers an environmentally sensitive option that Expera is able to produce along with certified products and grades containing up to 100 percent post-consumer waste (PCW). Expera also uniquely offers customers Chain of Custody certified papers not only through the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), but also through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and PEFC®.


Expera Honored with 2017 NEW North Workplace Excellence Award

Kaukauna, WI: December 11, 2017 –Expera Specialty Solutions, North America’s largest specialty paper manufacturer headquartered in Wisconsin, has received the 2017 New North Workplace Excellence Award presented by New North, Inc. (an economic development agency covering 18 Northeast Wisconsin counties) and Right Management, Inc. (a leading global career and talent strategy firm).   Expera received the award at a ceremony on Thursday, December 7.

The award recognizes Northeast Wisconsin’s top organizations with exemplary people practices that lead to successful business results. Businesses are measured on employee engagement, business outcomes, and overall success.

“We are extremely humbled and grateful to receive such recognition,” explained Russ Wanke, President and CEO of Expera Specialty Solutions. “Since bringing the Mosinee, Rhinelander, Thilmany and Nicolet mills together under one company in 2013, we’ve worked hard on making Expera a place where team members enjoy coming to work each day, can develop their knowledge and skills, and in doing so help the entire team succeed. We continue to evolve our employee development and strategic planning to cultivate one of the strongest teams in both the paper industry and the NEW North region.”

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About Expera Specialty Solutions
Expera Specialty Solutions is the leading North American manufacturer of specialty paper products for use in the tape, pressure-sensitive release liner, industrial and food packaging segments.  Expera Specialty Solutions’ manufacturing platform includes machines at four Wisconsin mills located in Kaukauna, Mosinee, Rhinelander and De Pere. For more information, visit expera.com.

About NEW North
New North, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, regional marketing and economic development organization fostering collaboration among private and public sector leaders throughout the 18 counties of Northeast Wisconsin, known as the New North region. New North is a regional partner to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the State of Wisconsin, as well as local economic development partners and represents more than 100 private Investors.


EXPERA SPECIALTY SOLUTIONS CELEBRATES NATIONAL FOREST PRODUCTS WEEK

October 16, 2017, Kaukauna, WI – In appreciation of the 57th anniversary of National Forest Products Week, forest product manufacturers and organizations through the supply chain are joining to Celebrate Forest Products (#CelebrateFP).

“Expera maintains the highest of standards in managing our entire wood procurement and forest certification systems,” explained Ann Funk, Vice President of Procurement & Logistics for Expera. “Expera is leading the way to ensure responsibility not only in our systems, but those of our suppliers.”

Expera is certified under the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®), and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) at all of their Wisconsin facilities.

Consumers increasingly desire guarantees that harvested trees, paper, and wood products come from properly managed sources. Offering FSC®, SFI®, and PEFC certification not only supports customer requirements, it also confirms Expera’s sustainability commitment known as SOAR™. Additionally, Expera maintains a Group Logger Certification Program through FSC® which empowers loggers and landowners to maintain certification.

On Sept. 13, 1960, Congress designated the third week in October as National Forest Products Week, requesting the president issue a proclamation each year calling on Americans to observe the value of forest products. Industry employees in Washington, D.C. and around the country celebrate the week with events and advocacy campaigns to mark the occasion.

For more information about Expera’s sustainability commitment, please visit expera.com.