RE: Wisconsin Paper News
Ken, 

What happened to your newsletter on the Wisconsin Paper Industry? I checked the website and noticed it has not been updated as well. My boss...

P.S We need to have lunch soon...

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First, thanks for asking as well as reading and sharing my other publications. I’ll call you soon — but you will need to buy lunch, it`s a long story… 

I have temporarily suspended Wisconsin Paper News. What we have here is a failure to communicate. My goal was NOT to create a newsletter for the paper industry, but rather a newsletter for Wisconsin`s executives, elected officials, and media outlets to effect a positive outcome for the industry. 

Since you mentioned my other publications (WDNGreen.com and WisconsinDevelopment.com), you understand my goal is to present our local businesses in a positive light and encourage legislative and community support for them, as well as increasing the overall awareness of the role they play in Wisconsin. I did not feel this was happening in “5P” and when I tried to correct it in WPN I failed to gain enough support.

Actually I do not want to do the marketing necessary to obtain the financial support for the newsletter and was deeply upset when my first partner, a great sales person (read used car) did not understand the market and the need to communicate to the general public created. This created a mess that I had to try and clean up each week. I believe he is now “preaching to the choir” and publishing a diatribe of articles of no interest to the general public and as you know that is not what my network is designed to do. I thoroughly enjoyed my relationship with the Paper Council but that relationship was dissolved by communication from the first group I worked with. 

So no partner, no sponsors, no newsletter. I know your “boss” is looking for support for projects in his district, but I am without the sponsors I need to continue to promote the industry. As always I will be happy to include any article(s) in WisconsinDevelopment.com if that helps, just call or text my cell. You remember the rules -- must be news, NO politics, third party source is nice but I can publish or write it for you if needed.

The good news is that this has created new opportunities and a NEW publication. Wisconsin Craft News - Beer Wine Spirits (WisCraftNews.com) on the craft liquor industry in the State. I`m sure your “boss” has some breweries, wineries, and distilleries in his district so we can continue to “talk” -- in fact think of the due diligence we could provide by personally visiting the manufacturers in the district and sampling the product (forget lunch, I see a road trip).

I also now edit and publish News.T1W.org for WIPPS on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Wisconsin and CIREXNews.com on commercial real estate and investing in the state. 

Good to talk to you, think about that road trip and — you can expense it!

Ken Harwood
Advocating for Wisconsin
Ken  [at] KenHarwood.com or WIPaperNews@gmail.com
608.334.2174


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Ken Notes: From an email I wrote to a friend. If you have in interest in reviving Wisconsin Paper News give me a call -- there is still a story to tell...

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Advocating for Wisconsin
Ken  [at] KenHarwood.com
608.334.2174

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Timber Professionals Cooperative cautiously optimistic about Verso acquisition
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) - The president of the group looking to purchase the paper mill in Wisconsin Rapids said he is cautiously optimistic about a Scandinavian company acquiring Verso, the current owner of that mill.

Monday, BillerudKorsnäs and Verso announced the acquisition, with BillerudKorsnäs purchasing Verso’s outstanding shares for about $825 million. The president and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs, Christoph Michalski laid out in a press conference their plans to ramp up production at Verso’s Upper Michigan mills, however, he said they were still determining whether to sell the Wisconsin Rapids location.

“We’ve been working on things right along actually with Verso,” Dennis Schoeneck, the president of the Timber Professionals Cooperative said. “They’ve just been dragging their feet and now I know exactly why.”

The cooperative has tried to purchase the Wisconsin Rapids mill twice since it closed in the summer of 2020...


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About Wisconsin Paper News
Ken Harwood
Editor
WisconsinDevelopment.com

Advocating for Wisconsin

608.334.2174


Wisconsin Paper News is a weekly newsletter and website featuring positive stories from Wisconsin`s Paper industry.

Our goal is to remind the decision makers in Wisconsin of the importance of our industry both historically and more importantly into the future. Wisconsin Paper News will be sent to 2,000 Elected Officials and staff, Press Outlets, and Industry leaders each week. It is free to subscribe.

Ken began his career with Kimberly-Clark, consulted with dozens of Fox Valley Companies and eventually became Mayor of Neenah Wisconsin before heading to Madison where he continues to advocate for Wisconsin businesses and communities. He is a journalist, cheerleader, and proponent for the companies that made Wisconsin what it is today.

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