*** 2019 conference under construction ***

2018 PPFIC Conference

Industry Applications Society
64th Annual Pulp, Paper and Forest Industry Technical Conference
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel
Appleton, WI
June 17– 21, 2018

The 2018 Conference Committee would like to invite you to the 64th Annual PPFIC Technical Conference to be held in Appleton, WI. Please return to Northeastern Wisconsin, heart of Pulp and Paper manufacturing in the Midwest, and join us at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel.  Appleton last hosted this conference in 2006, and we are looking forward to hosting you again in 2018.

In addition to technical papers and other events, attendees will have access to downtown Appleton including the Trout Museum of Art, Appleton Building for Kids Museum, and the Historic Museum at the Castle, which are all within walking distance from the hotel.  Appleton also offers many different local restaurants, including some near the riverfront (a short ride from the hotel), as well as many that are within walking distance downtown.  Summer will be here, so that does mean outdoor dining at many of the local restaurants.  Also, the Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass, and Paine Center for the Arts are within a 20 minute drive.   The local committee has secured rooms at a favorable rate and expects that attendees will enjoy the many outdoor summer activities, restaurants, shopping and arts we have to offer in Northeastern WI. Take a look at Appleton WI, and the surrounding area at: www.foxcities.org.

On Wednesday evening attendees will be travel via motor coach for a delicious banquet and award presentations for the conference.  Please note that for 2018, a Full Conference Registration includes the Closing & Awards Event at no additional charge!!  For Attendee guest(s) and/or children a ticket purchase is required for the Closing Event.

The tentative schedule for the 2018 PPFIC Conference will be:

Sunday June 17th
2:30 – 4:00 PM   Executive Committee Meeting
5:30 – 7:00 PM   Welcome Reception
7:00 – 9:00 PM   I-Gard Welcome Reception

Monday June 18th
8:00 –  8:15 AM Conference Opens
8:15 –  9: 15 AM Keynote Speaker
9:00 –  5:00 PM Conference Papers
Evening Vendor Hospitality
Breaks will be held in the vendor exhibit area.

Tuesday June 19th
8:00 – 12:00 PM Conference Papers
12:00 – 2:45 PM Subcommittee Meetings
3:00 –   5:00 PM General committee Meeting
Evening Vendor Hospitality

Wednesday June 20th
8:00 – 12:00 PM Conference Papers
12:00 – 2:00 PM Awards Luncheon
2:30 –   5:00 PM Conference Papers
6:00 PM         Conference Closing Event / Awards – TBD

Thursday – June 21st – 8 AM – 5 PM   Tutorials

Monday – Wednesday
Vendor exhibits will be open throughout the day during non-conference event times.

Guest Program June 18th – 20th

DIY Guest Program is available for purchase on the registration page.

We are also planning to take advantage of our great area attractions for our Guest / Spouse program. The committee is finalizing details and the following schedule is representative of what we plan. Tours via motor coach bus will begin in the morning after breakfast and finish by mid/late afternoon, allowing some free time for shopping, additional site-seeing, winery tour, museum visit, or rest in the hotel.

We will be providing hosts for the tours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Tentative plans are as follows.

  • Travel via motor coach just over 1 hour to Kohler, WI. Home of world famous American Club, and its five star / 5 diamond resort rating, Kohler design center, Kohler Chocolates, and Golf.  Kohler, also has an outdoor walking mall with a wide variety of shops ranging from dining, coffee, chocolate, mens/womens fashion, gardening, cooking, and much more.  We expect to tour the Kohler design center, which has a 3 level facility, showcasing the latest in product design, technology, as well as past creative achievements for Kohler products.
  • Travel via motor coach north 1½ hours to Door County.  Door County WI is the home of many local wineries with Door County Cherries providing a large part of the wine production for this popular Midwest vacation destination.  Door County also houses many small craft, candy, fashion, jewelry, art, and dining facilities along the Lake Michigan and Green Bay waterfront.


The Appleton area in NE Wisconsin is a great place to visit so plan on coming early and / or staying late to travel and experience the many world and nationally famous attractions in Wisconsin.  Most are within a half hour to hour drive from Appleton WI.  Some of the sites locally are Lambeau Field (Home of the Green Bay Packers), EAA air venture museum (Oshkosh WI), Door County Wineries in the tip of northeastern WI, and many, many more.

Lastly,  Appleton Fox River Mall, the largest indoor mall in Wisconsin, is a short 5 minute drive from the Radisson hotel downtown.

Local Committee

As the program is not yet completely finalized, please let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions for our local committee. We are also looking for additional folks who are interested in helping with this conference.

On behalf of our local committee, we think the 2018 PPFIC Conference in Appleton will again be a memorable event. We look forward to making this not only a learning opportunity at the conference, but also offer a destination where you can unwind and enjoy yourself before returning to work.

The 2018 information on the  www.pulppaper.org website will be continually updated.   In the meantime if you have any questions or want to volunteer for the “Local” Committee please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

Appleton Local Committee Co-Chairmen

Scott Valinski                  ScottMValinski@eaton.com        Phone 920-540-0273

Duncan Rhodes              DuncanRhodes@IEEE.org           Phone 541-525-5777

Click here to download the Conference Invitation Letter

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