Wisconsin Rapids in Wood County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Corenso North America
Recycling Everyone's Future
— Historic Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin —
In 1891, Oberbeck Bros. Mfg. Co. created fine furniture. After 30 years, the company was shut down in 1918 when the U.S. government declared furniture mfg. non-essential during W.W.I. As a result, Ahdawagam Paper Prod. Co. was formed to manufacture solid fiber boxes.
Meanwhile, in 1917, Consolidated Water Power & Paper Co. began operations of No. 13 board machine to manufacture paperboard grades from reclaimed fiber. In 1926, the Jackson Flour Mill was purchased and converted to recycle old papers and recycled fiber into stock for use by this machine.
In 1920, product lines were added to manufacture spiral-wound paper cores and corrugated boxes.
During W.W.II, space was made available for the production of laminated plastics used for aircraft material and weatherproof boxes. Millions of these boxes were used to carry critical items for the war. Paper cores were used to protect the noses of large shells.
In 1948, Consolidated Water & Power Co. purchased the facility and later it was renamed Paperboard Products, a division of Consolidated Papers, Inc.
Today, Corenso North America, a subsidiary of Stora Enso Oyj. concentrates solely on the manufacture of high-quality coreboard and cores, and is viewed as a leader in its industry.
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In 1965, Stanton W. Mead, president of Consolidated Papers Inc. broke ground at Paperboard Products Division for construction of a new one-story building, looking on (from left) are Henry Klevene, Clarence Lukaszewski, John Segal, and Groff Collett.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
Location. 44° 23.582′ N, 89° 49.708′ W. Marker is in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, in Wood County. Marker is on West Grand Avenue west of 2nd Avenue South, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 253 West Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids WI 54495, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “The Iron Horse in Grand Rapids” (within shouting distance of this marker); Winnebago Indians (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand Rapids of the Wisconsin River (approx. 0.2 miles away); Our Medical History (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wood County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Myron "Grim" Natwick (approx. 0.3 miles away); Elizabeth Daly House (approx. half a mile away); V. F. W. Post 2534 Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wisconsin Rapids.
More about this marker. captions, clockwise:
• Oberbeck Bros. Mfg. Co. The three-story wood building was located at 800 Fremont St. to manufacture fine furniture.
• Corenso North America's core converting plant and community waste recycling center at 800 Freemont Street
• Beginning in 1955, roll storage used a crane on a track from the ceiling to retrieve rolls of paper. The crane was a popular attraction for visitors and customers. Its use was discontinued in 2000.
• No. 13 board machine – on the Wisconsin River
• The newspaper & corrugated boxes brought to our recycling center are used to manufacture high-quality coreboard & paper cores.
• N.141 Sideboard
The mural – not painted directly on the wall, but painted on wood panels – was part of a "Murals Walk," established by the Public Art Group of the Downtown Revitalization Cluster. It was painted in 2006 by Susan Sampson of Black River Falls.
Also see . . .
1. Oberbeck Bros. Manufacturing Co. 1895 photograph and description. (Submitted on January 20, 2015.)
2. Ahdawagam Paper Products Company. 1934 photograph. (Submitted on January 20, 2015.)
3. Ahdawagam Paper Products Company. 1943 newspaper advertisement. (Submitted on January 20, 2015.)
4. Consolidated Papers, Inc. History. (Submitted on January 20, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2015, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 20, 2015, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.