Green Bay dedicates $29 mil recycling plant


A dedication ceremony was held Tuesday, Nov. 8, for the Green Bay Packaging-Arkansas Kraft Division’s new $29 million recycling plant.

Located in Morrilton, the 15-month project replaced a 30-year-old recycling plant. Gov. Mike Beebe described the plant as a “huge investment” by Arkansas Kraft.

“This is a signal they’re here for the long haul,” he said. “We are tremendously grateful for your investment.”

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus sponsors a training program for the division, which saw its first graduating class last month.

Both Tom Herligy, executive vice president of Green Bay, and Matt Szymanski, vice president and general manager of Arkansas Kraft, spoke to a crowd of officials, guests and employees, all of whom took tours of the facility after the ceremony.

Beebe also presented Herligy with a certificate naming him an honorary “Arkansas Traveler.”

Szymanski said the new plant will run with only an 8-10 percent recycle loss, compared to the previous plant’s 15 percent loss.