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News from  WIST - May 2017
2017 Midwest Compost School provides operations training
Three-day school held annually since 1995 will be at
UW-Stevens Point for first time
July 11-13

Featuring a blend of classroom and hands-on experience, plus site visits, this course is geared for compost facility operators, farmers, and city, county or state officials who need to understand compost operations. 

Instructors from around the Midwest bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to share in these three immersive days. 

Topics include:
  • Introduction to the composting process
  • Recipe development and feedstock characteristic
  • Compost quality and measurement
  • Compost pile building
  • Animal/mortality composting 
  • Compostable packaging
  • Compost contamination  
  • Applications of compost
  • Hands-on compost pile construction
  • Midwest regulations overview and update
  • Site visit

Sponsors and media partners supporting the 2017 Midwest Compost School include Ecodrum, Hsu's Growing Supply, Compost Manufacturing Alliance, BioCycle, and the Wisconsin Green Industry Federation. 
Just a few days left to register for next week's
Advanced Papermaking Course

We're offering Advanced Hands-On Papermaking: Additives,  June 1-2, and seats still remain for this course. Gain understanding of common papermaking additives used in the industry today, and how and why they work. 

You'll participate in discussions focused on where additives are introduced into the paper making process, potential interactions with both equipment and other additives, and the relationship between additives and enhanced performance of paper. 

Hands-on exercises on the UW-Stevens Point pilot paper machine will provide opportunities to see additives in action, followed by group exercises to evaluate the results using common laboratory tests.

More information and online registration
Nestlé and LBP Manufacturing at Focal Point 2017 conference
We're pleased to introduce two more outstanding presenters for this fall's Focal Point conference. More information about the conference is on our conference website, and registration is now open online.

Walt Peterson
Walter Peterson holds the position of Manager, Packaging Innovation and Sustainability at Nestlé USA. Prior to joining Nestlé in 2006, Walter was in a variety of packaging roles in manufacturing, sales and product development both in the U.S. and abroad. Walter holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology-Packaging Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a Master of Business Administration from California State University-Bakersfield. Passionate about reducing food waste, Walter works in creative ways to develop materials to extend product use at the consumer level. Walter currently resides in Littleton, Colorado, where he enjoys skiing and fly fishing.  

Matt Cook
As the CEO of LBP, Matt Cook brings more than 20 years of global foodservice industry expertise to the company. Matt leads LBP with a wealth of industry knowledge and a collaborative leadership style. Throughout his tenure, Matt has worked diligently to transform LBP from a distributor of paper-based goods to a value-added manufacturer of innovative, material-agnostic foodservice packaging solutions. As LBP continues to spearhead revolutionary, sustainable packaging concepts in markets where our customers operate, Matt unlocks opportunities to fuel strategic growth and drive the company forward. Matt holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri. 

Focal Point 2017: Paper-Based Food Packaging and Serviceware  is set for October 24 at 
UW-Stevens Point. Look for further announcements on featured speakers, registration information and more in upcoming newsletters and on the conference web pages.

Register now for these upcoming courses
Roland Gong, left, describes capabilities of the coating and lamination pilot line
at UW-Stevens Point.
Coating and Lamination
in Packaging Applications
July 20-21

Taught by Dr. Roland Gong, assistant professor of paper science and engineering at UW-Stevens Point, this course is designed for those working in paper converting, coating, printing and flexible packaging. 

The content will be particularly beneficial to engineers, technicians, chemists, scientists, sales representatives, and customer service representatives. Representatives of companies that supply adhesives, inks, silicones, papers, plastic films and aluminum foils will also find this curriculum very useful.
Participants receive  eight hours of classroom instruction, four hours of hands-on experience on state-of-the-art equipment, lunch and break refreshments both days.

Gerry Ring, left, reviews paper machine run data with students in a recent hands-on class.
Hands-on Papermaking
September 7-8

This is our popular introductory class in papermaking, perfect for anyone  for anyone who needs the basics, transferred from another industry, is new to operations, does maintenance, or supervises employees. Those working in related industries, such as materials suppliers representatives, also have found this class valuable. 

This two-day class features morning classroom sessions followed by afternoon sessions of guided exercises operating the UW-Stevens Point Fourdrinier pilot paper machine. This combination has proven to be a highly effective and enjoyable way to gain fundamental knowledge of the commercial papermaking process. 

Hands-On Sessions: Participants use the university's Fourdrinier pilot paper machine, guided by WIST staff and Paper Science and Engineering faculty.

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