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WestRock Company Plans $410 Million Expansion in Florence County, South Carolina, Mill

WestRock Company, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, will invest $410 million over the next two years in its kraft linerboard mill in Florence County, South Carolina. This new investment will increase the mill’s efficiency, quality and service levels.

The investment will include installing a 330” state-of-the-art kraft linerboard machine and related infrastructure that will replace three older, narrow-width paper machines.

The company expects the new machine to produce 710,000 tons of kraft linerboard annually. In addition, the company plans to invest approximately $60 million over the next five years to support the new machine and other mill projects.

The new linerboard machine will be housed in a building adjacent to the existing complex, and the company expects production on the new equipment, along with the shutdown of the three existing machines to occur in the first half of 2020.

“This investment will make our Florence mill a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, sustaining good manufacturing jobs and promoting the long-term success of the mill. The support of the Florence County Economic Development Partnership and the S.C. Department of Commerce helped make this investment possible and is greatly appreciated. We look forward to contributing to the Florence community for many years to come,” said WestRock CEO Steve Voorhees.

“WestRock supports hundreds of jobs in Florence County and remains one of our top employers. We are very pleased that this company will continue to be an important part of Florence County’s economy,” said Florence County Council Chairman Kent Caudle.

“Florence County is excited about WestRock and its new investment in our area, one of the largest in recent history. This is a significant development for the people of Florence County,” Florence County Economic Development Partnership Chairman Frank J. “Buddy” Brand said.

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