Paper and packaging solutions provider WestRock Co. will invest $410 million during the next two years in its Florence County kraft linerboard mill.
Improvements will include the installation of a state-of-the-art linerboard machine and related equipment that will replace three older machines. The new machine will produce approximately 710,000 tons of kraft (virgin pulp) linerboard annually, the company said.
“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 in a statement. “The support of the Florence County Economic Development Partnership and the S.C. Department of Commerce helped make this investment possible and is greatly appreciated.”
WestRock will also invest $60 million during the next five years to support the new machine and other projects at the mill, where a modern woodyard was recently completed.
The company expects the new equipment to begin operating in the first half of 2020.
“WestRock supports hundreds of jobs in Florence County and remains one of our top employers,” said Florence County Council chairman Kent Caudle. “We are very pleased that this company will continue to be an important part of Florence County's economy.”