JACKSON—Officials from ROCKFON® LLC,, a subsidiary of Denmark-based ROCKWOOL® International A/S and affiliate to ROXUL® Inc., announce the company is locating acoustic ceiling panel manufacturing operations in Marshall County, Miss. The operations will be the company’s first in North America. The project represents a corporate investment of $42 million over the next five years and will create at least 90 jobs.
For the project, ROCKFON will construct a 130,000-square-foot addition adjacent to the existing ROXUL facility, which is located on more than 100 acres in the Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park.
“I am glad to welcome ROCKFON as the newest business partner to the State of Mississippi, and I am particularly grateful to the company for creating new jobs and economic opportunities for the residents of Marshall County,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “The company’s decision to locate its very first North American facility here is a strong testament to the supportive business environment and quality workforce found throughout the state. I wish the ROCKFON team many years of success in North Mississippi.”
“This investment and new facility further demonstrate ROCKWOOL’s commitment to the development of the North American market. The Mississippi facility will be ROCKFON’s fifth manufacturing facility in the world, extending global capacity and meeting the growing demand for ROCKFON’s stone wool acoustic ceiling products in North America,” said ROCKFON President-Americas John Medio. “We are very pleased to have this facility located in Mississippi.”
Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project for infrastructure improvements and workforce training. Marshall County, Tennessee Valley Authority and the Appalachian Regional Commission provided assistance, as well.
“MDA salutes the winning teamwork of the Marshall County Board of Supervisors, the Marshall county Industrial Development Board, TVA and the Appalachian Regional Commission, which played a key support role in ROCKFON’s decision to locate in Mississippi,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “Their leadership, coupled with the MDA team, continues to attract exciting career opportunities for the people of North Mississippi.”
ROCKFON, a leading provider of acoustic stone wool and metal ceiling solutions and suspension systems, is a subsidiary of Denmark’s ROCKWOOL International A/S, the world’s largest producer of stone wool products. For more than 20 years, the ROCKWOOL Group has been present in North America through ROXUL Inc., North America’s leading manufacturer of stone wool insulation products for North American markets. In addition to ROXUL’s Marshall County, Miss., facility, the company has operations in Milton, Ontario and Grand Forks, British Columbia. For more information about ROCKFON, visit www.rockfon.com.