LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The next time you drink from a paper cup, check out what's underneath. It may just be Nevada Built.
13 Action News Anchor Todd Quinones had the chance to visit a Las Vegas facility making it possible for businesses around the world to serve you everything from coffee to soda and ice cream to soup.
MADE RIGHT HERE
If you find yourself at T-Mobile Arena cheering on the Vegas Golden Knights with a drink in hand, go ahead and flip your cup over when it's empty. Chances are that cup came from right here.
"And you're going to see --" started Todd.
"Visstun!" said Monique.
"Visstun," Todd repeated.
Visstun is a cup and container manufacturing company near Eastern Avenue and Sunset Road.
They've been doing business now in Las Vegas for more than 30 years.
"How many cups and containers can you guys process in a day?" asked Todd.
1 MILLION PER DAY
"Oh, my goodness. A million," said Monique.
"A million?" asked Todd.
"Yeah. We just kind of crossed a milestone for a million in a day. It was kind of a big deal," said Monique.
Operations Manager Monique Favreau gave 13 Action News a tour of the company.
160 people work at Visstun and their cups and containers are used for everything from coffee and oatmeal to soda and smoothies.
FOOD SAFETY CERTIFIED
"This is the raw material that we're dealing with right here. This looks like to me a stack of paper, but this is the material for the cups," said Todd.
"That absolutely is cup material," said Monique.
"And you were saying it's not even okay for me to really touch this because they're sanitary things you got to keep in mind here," said Todd.
"Correct? We are food safety certified FSSC 22000. So we have our food safety standards," said Monique.
Those sheets of paper then go through a digital press where the company logos are put on. Then they are cut and sorted before being formed.
"The sidewall gets sealed and then the bottom gets put in," said Monique.
There is an effort right now in the industry to make these single-use paper cups as environmentally friendly as possible. Visstun uses poly-coated paper that is 35% post-consumer recycled fiber.
"So you're saying that's a higher percentage than a lot of your competitors?" asked Todd.
"It's a higher percentage than any of our competitors," confirmed Monique.
The Golden Knights are just one of their many customers.
In what is a Nevada Built first, Popped, a Henderson popcorn company we recently featured is also one of their clients.
"They're one of our oldest customers. They've been buying from us for a long time. We love those guys," said Monique.
AROUND THE WORLD
In fact, Visstun makes cups and containers for companies around the world.
"You could be in Europe and you could look at the bottom of the cups and say, hey, this is made in Las Vegas, this is Nevada Built," said Todd.
"Correct," said Monique.
"That's wild," said Todd.
It's worth noting, Visstun is hiring. The company is looking to fill 40 positions.
Visit visstuncups.com for more information.