WestRock Co., a provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, will expand its manufacturing operation in Lanett, Alabama. The company plans to create at least 50 jobs in Chambers County.
According to company officials, the Lanett expansion project will include a building expansion, new shipping docks, additional office space, new equipment and other upgrades.
“WestRock is a proud member of the Chambers County community, and we appreciate the support of the Alabama Department of Commerce and the Chambers County Development Authority as we increase the scope of our operations in Lanett,” said Pete Durette, President of WestRock’s Enterprise Solutions. “We look forward to continuing to contribute to Lanett and Chambers County.”
In a related development, a 375,000-square-foot distribution center to support WestRock’s plant in Lanett is planned for a 30-acre site in the Valley Industrial Park. Scannell Properties is developing the distribution center, which is expected to create additional jobs in the area and which will be located 1.5 miles from the WestRock facility.
“Over the past two decades, WestRock has grown to become a major employer in Lanett and a solid member of the community,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.
“These projects will allow the company to expand its capabilities and continue to grow its presence through new jobs in Chambers County,” he added.
Valerie Gray, Executive Director of the Chambers County Development Authority said, “WestRock is an outstanding corporate citizen that aligns with the CCDA staff and board’s goals of higher wages and a diversified manufacturing base. “This expansion will positively impact Lanett, Valley and the county, but most importantly, local citizens will have great job opportunities.”
Besides Lanett, WestRock has multiple Alabama locations, including Athens, Coatopa, Cullman, Cottonton, Demopolis, Eutaw, Huntsville, Montgomery, Newville and Stevenson.