Growing the rural economy: WIST is working with a local producer to develop cold-climate grapes as a new ag crop for Wisconsin.
Bespoke research: WIST provides research and development on contract to commercial clients.
Technology transfer: Strathmore® RiverPoint® printmaking paper was launched at a trade show in Pittsburgh.
Economic development: WIST provides compostability testing to help packaging manufacturers in new product development.
Supporting industry and improving workforce: WIST provides training short courses in papermaking to industry professionals including those in mills and in related supplier industries.
Public-private partnership: WIST and American Science and Technology have created the Cellulose Pilot and Processing Lab with facilities at AST in Wausau, Wisconsin, and on campus.
Our Fourdrinier pilot paper machine is available for grade development, raw material/chemical additive studies, equipment evaluation and production runs. Contact us to discuss your project.

The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) provides research, laboratory services, and education for business and industry. We bring new ideas and innovation from the university to the private sector. Contact us to see how we can help your business.

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Lindsey Hoffman, WIST papermaking and laboratory project specialist, adds pulp as she prepares handsheets for testing and analysis in a UW-Stevens Point laboratory. WIST provides a complete range of paper testing and analysis.

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<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>10-26-2017</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>Advanced Hands-On Papermaking: Formation</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClass211B1BB791544B44B656AB5F562A56E7"><p>​This two-day class is set for October 26-27 at UW-Stevens Point. Register by September 25 to save with early registration discount.&#160;</p></div></div></DIV>
<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>11-09-2017</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>Advanced Hands-On Papermaking: Additives</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClassF939706983754DDFA244EB6471F691DC"><p>​This two-day course is set for November 9-10 at UW-Stevens Point.</p></div></div></DIV>
$14.5 billion
Annual production value of Wisconsin's paper industry
Professionals in paper and packaging industries provided learning and training opportunities by WIST
$13.4 million
Federal and state grants awarded to and managed by WIST with focus on growing Wisconsin's rural economy
Minimum number of UW-Stevens Point students who have received training and a paycheck from WIST while majoring in paper science, business or waste management
Wisconsin's rank among U.S. states for harvested acreage of vegetables

WIST works with Wisconsin businesses

“We could not have launched our Printmaking program, especially in the timeframe, without UWSP. We have been able to bring new products to the market, made in Wisconsin paper mills, that will help us continue to grow our business and cement our position as an innovative supplier of fine art papers" – Jim McDermott, EVP of Sales and Marketing, Strathmore Artist Papers, Pacon.

WIST worked with Pacon to develop a new line of printmaking papers, after the company learned about our collaborative work to create RiverPoint fine art paper.

“It’s critically important that we have, one, a place to go to where we can have some of these short-term research efforts undertaken and not be delayed by our current research project commitments. And secondly, where we can do it at a place where we can train up students at the undergraduate or the graduate level and hopefully, long-term relationships develop and this becomes a feeder source for our future employment candidates as well. Siemens may be global, but having a local resource like WIST means we can undertake a greater volume of research with our current research staffing, and help develop the talent we’ll need to rely on in the years to come.” – Bill Cunningham, Manager of Biological Processes/Products, Siemens Energy, Inc., Rothschild, Wisconsin

<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>01-05-2016</div><div id='newsList'><a href=''>WIST Compostability Testing Laboratory Achieves ISO 17025 Certification</a></div></DIV>
<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>12-29-2015</div><div id='newsList'><a href=''>Project exploring antioxidants from potato processing waste</a></div></DIV>
<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>11-24-2015</div><div id='newsList'><a href=''>WIST makes connections near and far</a></div></DIV>
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Julia Petreshen, a student employee at WIST, checks samples  in WIST's Compostability Testing Laboratory as part of her daily routine as a laboratory assistant. She is one of more than 40 students who have gained experience and earned a paycheck to help with college while working part time for the institute.
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Shelly Thobe, director of culinary product innovations at The Wendy's Company, addresses the Focal Point conference audience October 18, 2016, at UW-Stevens Point. The conference has been hosted annually by WIST since 2011 and is entirely supported by industry sponsorship and paid attendance. It draws industry executives, managers, and technical and marketing professionals from Wisconsin and around the U.S. to discuss innovations in paper-based food packaging and foodservice ware.