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Midwest

N.E.W. Plastics Corp.

The company's plastic lumber division, called Renew Plastics, produces
EVOLVE plastic lumber and TRIMAX
plastic structural lumber made with
high-density polyethylene (HDPE).
These products are distributed by
building suppliers across North America and beyond.
The lumber is a blend of virgin and
recycled pre-consumer and post-consumer HDPE. It is suitable for all climates, impervious to most chemicals,
non-leaching, fade and flame resistant
and machinable.

Green Champion
Dedicated to preserving the environment, N.E.W. Plastics can convert annually more than 25 million pounds of
recyclable plastic into environmen-

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tally friendly products among its four
Wisconsin plants. Two manufacturing
plants are in Luxemburg, one in Green
Bay and another in Little Canada.
The company has been a leader in
sustainable plastics technology since
1968 when its founder, Irvin Vincent,
began exploring the possibility of recycled plastic. He toyed with the idea of
recycling plastic trimmings and industrial waste.
Initially, his idea was met with resistance from a variety of industry experts
who doubted the material could be reconverted. But Vincent didn't give up.
In 1973, he successfully produced the
industry's first recycled plastic lumber.
Structures that were built using the recycled lumber still stand today.
For the next two decades, N.E.W. Plas-

tics continued developing its recycling
technology while industry awareness
and acceptance grew, Rekitzke says.
"The owner of our company was instrumental in starting curbside recycling in Luxemburg," he says. "While
we no longer do curbside recycling, our
concern for the environment remains
a major focus of the business. And all
the waste that we produce on the bottle
side and lumber side is recycled." mt
The Calwis Company Established in 1945, The Calwis
Company has an extensive team of experts in several disciplines including screen printing, chemical packaging, dry
powder and liquid filling. Located in Green Bay, Wisconsin,
we have broad experience in complementary areas, often
using plastic as the medium, where our innovation is
brought to bear. The result is high-quality finished goods as
well as component parts. With a wide range of customers,
we often execute small-volume specialty items that require
delicate precision work as well as high-volume runs. Our
logistics team ensures that your product is shipped to the
right location at the right time.


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