History of Norka Paper Converting  – Time Line


Founded on September 4, 1981 by Norman and Karen Sutter, Norka Company began as a small contract paper converter located in Appleton Wisconsin, in the heart of “Paper Valley”. The corporate name, Norka, was created as a combination of the founders’ first names.


Norka obtained a contract with United Airlines to produce printed paper tray mats for all in-flight meals. If you flew on a United Airlines flight between 1986 and 1990 and were served an in-flight meal, you had a Norka produced product on your tray.


The history of Norka continues to move forward with the purchase of the current building and a series of remodeling and upgrading projects.


The first integrated computer system was installed.


Norka acquired Valley Press Incorporated. Valley Press was a well-known commercial printing company located in Neenah, Wisconsin. All the equipment and 30 employees were transitioned to Norka Company.


Norka becomes a full-service provider of paperboard packaging by adding offset printing, die cutting, and folding/gluing capabilities. This year greatly impacted Norka’s History as the #1 paper converting and packaging company in Wisconsin.


A 40,000 square foot addition to the was constructed and a high-speed sheeter was purchased.


Construction of the present Norka headquarters location was completed.

New computer and telecommunications systems were installed and networked.

Three offset printing presses were installed.


Norka installed computer to plate


A second high-speed sheeter and a new Signature folder gluer were purchased.


Norka purchased and installed structural design hardware and software as well as a CAD sample cutting table.

2008 (New ownership)

Norka joined the VisualPak Companies.


A new logo was created, various plant improvements and upgrades were implemented in 2009.


An offline coater was installed to cater to blister demands.


An additional Heidelberg offset press, Bobst folder gluer, and Bobst die cutter with blanker were installed.


Installed an ERP system which is fully integrated with Visual Pak, an additional cut-size sheeter and a new plant-wide waste management system were also installed.


Norka installed an additional Bobst die cutter.

The adjacent property was purchased for future facility expansion.


Installed a new CHM 1700 precision sheeter from Colter & Peterson.

Now equipped with automatic rotary window patching and lining equipment.