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Flexo Sustainable : Summer 2012
In the Top Green Tier Fredman Bag Company Accepted into Innovative Program One hundred and twenty-three years is a long time for anything. That is exactly how long Fredman Bag Company, a fifth generation, family-owned and oper- ated manufacturer of flexible packaging materials, has been making quality bags. Originally founded to refurbish burlap bags for agricultural and industrial use, the firm now makes everything from zipper and wicketed bags to roll stock goods for automated packaging applications. Recently, the company was accepted into Wisconsin’s innovative Green Tier program. Green Tier invites companies to become part of the ideal state for growing a green bottom line. Together with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), companies de- velop creative ways to enable businesses to be a formidable, ecological force for environmental good while enhancing productivity, cutting costs and strengthening the health of communities. Dynamic, forward thinking businesses and charter associations are benefiting from all the ideas, ideals and advantages of being a Green Tier participant. Cathy Stepp, DNR Secretary, extended congratulations, “ We are thrilled that long-held family-owned companies can continue to grow and thrive in Wisconsin today. It is an honor to have Fredman Bag Company in our family of Green Tier businesses committed to going beyond compliance to envi- ronmental excellence. ” Eric Nitschke, southeast region director, DNR, welcomed officials from the company at a special event. He said they should be proud of their environmental leadership and its benefits to the community. What started as a burlap bag manufacturing and refurbish- ing business over 120 years ago has evolved with customer needs. In 1976, Fredman Bag dove into the world of flexo with the purchase of its first flexographic press for printing on plastic films. Twelve years later, Fredman Bag celebrated its 100th anniversary, focusing its efforts on flexible packaging by discontinuing the production of textile bags. With the procure- ment and installation of a second, newer generation, six-color, wide web flexo press in 1996, the firm continued to grow its flexo capabilities by offering customers photographic quality images on their packaging. While still valuing sustainability, the company now manu- factures colorful, custom, award winning flexible packaging products that include zipper bags, stand-up pouches, tote bags, rollstock, banners and more. Fredman’s products are likely to be seen in grocery stores holding baked goods, fro- zen food and confections. Fredman Bag is a Tier 1 participant. Tier 1 is created to encourage innovation, collaboration and new environ- ment goal setting. Tier 2 involves more rigorous participa- tion requirements. It places greater emphasis on superior environmental performance, and uses contracts as a means of giving customized regulatory flexibility proportional to environmental performance. To participate, an applicant must have a good environmental record, commit to exceed- ing environmental minimums and implement an internationally accredited Environmental Management System. This Environmental Management System, or EMS, is a “Plan, Do, Check, Act” tool that will help firms understand its environmental impacts. The tool will also help Fred- man define, imple- ment, and monitor its sustainability efforts. Fredman Bag’s Environmental State- ment highlights the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources awarding Fredman Bag Company (FBC) the Green Tier Participant Certificate. From left to right: Stephanie Harling, executive director, Havenwoods Community; Dennis Scheibe, production manager, FBC; Mike Griffin, air management engineer, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR); Dan Fredman, sales, FBC; Eric Nitschke, southeast region director, WDNR; Nick Kempf, director of operations, FBC; Tim Fredman Jr. , president and owner, FBC; Ken Hennen, technical services manager, FBC; Mark McDermid, bureau director, WDNR; Tom Eggert, environmental assistant coordinator, WDNR; Tom Stefka, supply chain manager, FBC 8 Sustainable FLEXO SuMMER 2012 www.flexomag.com