WestRock is committed to improving its return on invested capital, maximising the performance of its assets and the corrugated medium machinery.
November 9, 2022
Georgia, USA-headquartered WestRock Company has announced that it will permanently close the corrugated medium manufacturing operations at its St. Paul, Minnesota, recycled paper mill. However, the manufacturing of coated recycled boards at this location will continue to be in operation.
The corrugated packaging company is committed to improving its return on invested capital as well as maximising the performance of its assets, and the corrugated medium machinery at the St. Paul location would require significant capital investment to maintain and improve going forward. The shutdown of these assets will result in the reduction of 200,000 tonnes of annual corrugated medium production.
“Shutting down operations and impacting the lives of our employees is a difficult decision to make,” said Mr. David B. Sewell, CEO at WestRock. “As we implement our plans to close the corrugated medium operations in St. Paul, we are incredibly appreciative for the many contributions this team has made. We plan to assist these team members in exploring roles at other WestRock locations and with outplacement services.”
About 130 jobs will be eliminated by this closure. Employees of St. Paul location will receive severance and outplacement assistance in accordance with Company policy and labour union agreements.
WestRock partners with our customers to provide sustainable paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. Its team members support customers around the world from locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.