Outside of the WMU Pilot Plant with a beautiful night sky

WMU Pilot Plants

Paper, Recycling and Coating


WMU Pilot Plants have partnered with TAPPI to provide the following courses. 

Coming in July 2023

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2022 sold-out Paper and Paperboard Coating Course was one of our best years! Take a look at what you can expect.


The WMU Pilot Plants provide workforce and facility solutions for research, product development, and education. We serve Western Michigan University, the public, and educational communities within the paper, printing, and allied industries. Through our public partnerships, we provide a valued workforce supplement as well as open access to pilot plant facilities and personnel.

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When wind chills of -50ºF closed the University, the Pilot Plant staff volunteered to continue our experiment. Through sheer dedication and operational excellence, they got the results we needed and made our test an outstanding success. If you're looking for a place to run trials, WMU is as good as it gets!