WestRock intends to upgrade outdated machinery and supporting infrastructure. Contributed photo
Paper and packaging provider WestRock, which maintains manufacturing facilities in Florence, recently revealed plans for outlaying resources destined to augment its South Carolina mill’s output, quality and service for its kraft linerboard products.
Planning to invest $410 million over the next two years, the company intends to upgrade outdated machinery and supporting infrastructure with an expectation of increasing its kraft linerboard capacity to 710,000 tons annually. Looking further ahead, WestRock will also allocate approximately $60 million more in the next five years in anticipation of machine and other routine maintenance.
“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,” WestRock CEO Steve Voorhees said. “The support of the Florence County Economic Development Partnership and the South Carolina 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.”
The announcement drew positive response from numerous local officials, including Florence County Economic Development Partnership Chairman Frank “Buddy” Brand, who called the plan “a significant development;” while Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt stated that he was “thrilled to congratulate this great company on their continued success in the Palmetto State,” calling Westrock an industry leader.
“Any time a company invests in our state, it shows a commitment to our citizens that we couldn’t be more grateful for,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said. “This investment is something that South Carolina should be proud of, and we know that the future is bright for the partnership between our state and WestRock.”