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.

Paper Making Course Calendar and Registration

We've set the 2018 calendar for our popular series of hands-on courses including Hands-On Paper Making; Advanced Hands-On Paper Making: Additives; Advanced Hands-On Paper Making: Formation; and Coating and Lamination in Packaging Applications. Register now for the best rate with the early registration discount.

View course details and register online.

<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>01-18-2018</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>Coating & Lamination in Packaging Applications</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClass3428060C66D64D459EE4E4DE8AC1856E"><p>This course is offered over two days, Thursday and Friday, January 18-19. It&#160;is designed for those working in paper converting, coating, printing and flexible packaging.&#160;</p></div></div></DIV>
<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>04-05-2018</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>Hands-On Paper Making</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClassF5CAFF7B527F4E9087A74A7485F64CE6"><p>​This two-day course at UW-Stevens Point is set for April 5-6.</p></div></div></DIV>
<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>05-03-2018</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>Advanced Hands-On Paper Making: Formation</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClass0D31A6F92F4545BD88FE7D06C9C4BB3C"><p>​This two-day course at UW-Stevens Point will run Thursday and Friday, May 3-4.</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

<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>11-02-2017</div><div id='newsList'><a href=''>WIST and Soil and Waste Resources win national award</a></div></DIV>
<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>
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Lindsey Hoffman checks settings on the UW-Stevens Point pilot paper machine during the hands-on segment of a WIST short course in papermaking additives. Lindsey is the laboratory and papermaking project specialist at WIST. She oversees the work performed on the pilot paper machine and the paper testing provided by the institute. She also coordinates student and contract work, along with providing support for the paper science and engineering undergraduate program. Lindsey graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in paper science and engineering and a minor in chemistry.

WIST works with Wisconsin businesses

RiverPoint® collaboration:

“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.

Research work with Siemens:

“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