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  November 2015 

We're thankful for the many connections we make throughout the year, each of which enriches our experience. In recent weeks we've hosted visitors from as far as Russia, as near as down the street, and from regions across the U.S.; read a bit more about some of these encounters in the stories below. 

We're thankful for the connection we have with you, whether it is as part of a research program, the laboratory services and education we provide, or as one who otherwise supports our mission of building Wisconsin's economy in innovative and sustainable ways.

We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and we look forward to the next time we connect.
WIST hosts Russian sister-city visitor and Weyauwega HS Students
Justin Hall is shown in the Waste Education Center.
Language was no barrier when a Russian manufacturing officer visited recently with WIST instrumentation specialist Justin Hall.

Olga Filippova was one of six visitors from Steven Point's Russian sister-city of Rostov Veliky. The delegation was in Stevens Point for about a week in early November and experienced local amenities such as the Green Circle Trail and the Sculpture Park, visited area farms, and chose from a number of site visits such as Stevens Point municipal waste treatment facilities, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, and the UW-Stevens Point Waste Education Center. 

"(Filippova's) a health and safety officer for a manufacturing plant in Russia and she had previously worked at a university so she was interested in seeing the pilot facility here," Hall explained.

Read more about Filippova and the Weyauwega-Fremont High School students who visited WIST
Focal Point 2015 connects manufacturers and brand owners
in packaging trends and technology discussion

Conference delegates visit during a networking break
at Focal Point 2015
Packaging manufacturers who home in on customer desires and needs can find opportunities to expand market share in paper-based food packaging and service ware. That was one of the recurring messages at the fifth annual Focal Point conference, which brought together brand owners, manufacturers and other packaging industry experts for a day of discussion on trends and opportunities.

Held at UW-Stevens Point October 20, the conference featured presenters from LBP Manufacturing, Cargill, HAVI Global Solutions, WestRock, Dow and WIST.

Are there opportunities in food packaging? Research presented by Erin Weinland of WestRock showed that 36 percent ...

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