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Von Drehle Corporation Establishes Natchez, Mississippi, Paper Products Manufacturing Center

Area Development Online News Desk (01/24/2013)
Von Drehle Corporation, a company which provides paper products to commercial and industrial consumers, plans to establish a manufacturing plant in Natchez, Mississippi, creating at least 100 new jobs.

The Hickory, North Carolina-based firm acquired the former Mississippi River Pulp facility, which closed its doors in November 2012. From its new Natchez location, von Drehle will manufacture paper products formerly produced by Mississippi River Pulp, as well as its own product lines. The company plans to make investments in additional converting equipment and subsequently will install a paper machine.

“We believe the people, community and state are a good fit for von Drehle and we appreciate their support throughout this process. The company is excited to expand our operating footprint in Natchez, Mississippi,” said Randy Bergman, chief operating officer of the von Drehle Corporation.

“I am pleased to welcome von Drehle to Mississippi,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “I know Mississippi’s dedicated workforce and supportive business climate will serve von Drehle well, and I thank company officials for investing in our state and in our people.”

The Mississippi Development Authority assisted von Drehle with this project, providing guidance on available tax incentives. In addition, Adams County is providing support for this project. “I am delighted von Drehle has decided to locate operations in Mississippi,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “I am grateful to our partners at Natchez Inc. who worked so diligently with MDA to help find a buyer for the former Mississippi River Pulp facility. We were proud to have worked with von Drehle on this project and wish the company much success at its new Mississippi location.”

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