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Expera Specialty Solutions Wins 2014 AF&PA Sustainability Award for Safety

Nov 10, 2014

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Recognized for Nicolet Mill – Care Enough to Act program

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recognized Expera Specialty Solutions as a leader in sustainability with a 2014 AF&PA Sustainability Award. The award was presented at AF&PA’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 7 in Carefree, Ariz.

Expera received the Leadership in Sustainability Award for Safety for its Care Enough to Act program in its Nicolet Mill located in De Pere, Wisconsin. Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives in the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, the annual awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.

“Expera’s Care Enough to Act program created an improved safety culture, which led to world-class safety performance,” said AF&PA President & CEO Donna Harman.  

Expera’s Nicolet mill introduced initiatives to identify safety hazards, reinforce safe behaviors, and put company-wide best practices into place. This atmosphere of cooperation, accountability, and self-discipline led to all-time high safety improvements.

“I would like to thank AF&PA for honoring our Nicolet Team achievement with the Leadership in Sustainability Award,” said Expera Specialty Solutions CEO Russell Wanke. “The safety culture created by the Care Enough to Act program, combined with a focus on continuous improvement, has led to world class safety performance at Nicolet and an improved safety trend across Expera.”  

AF&PA member company applicants are considered in two categories. Projects that support progress toward the Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals qualify for recognition in the “Leadership” category, which has five subcategories that correspond to the goals: Paper Recovery for Recycling, Energy Efficiency/Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Sustainable Forest Management, Safety, and Water. The “Innovation in Sustainability” award is reserved for projects that merit recognition for their contribution to sustainable business practices, not one of the goals specifically.

AF&PA’s 2014 Sustainability Report showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals.  

For more information about the Sustainability Awards program and AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 initiative, visit

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About AF&PA
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy.  AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

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 mills located in Rhinelander, WI, Mosinee, WI, Kaukauna, WI and De Pere, WI. For more information, visit