Plans have been confirmed to build ROCKFON’s first North American manufacturing facility in the U.S., meeting the growing demand for our stone wool acoustic ceiling products and extending our global capacity.
The new ROCKFON facility will be located adjacent to the existing ROXUL USA facility located in Byhalia Mississippi, approximately 30 miles south of Memphis Tennessee. The new ROCKFON facility represents an initial investment of approximately $40 million U.S. dollars by their parent company, ROCKWOOL International A/S, and further demonstrates the commitment in developing the North American market. The State of Mississippi, Marshall County and other agencies have provided significant investments to have the manufacturing facility established there. “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.”
Construction of the ROCKFON facility will begin in early 2016, with production expected to begin mid-2017. Once completed, the facility is anticipated to span 130,000 square feet (12,000 square meters) and the site allows room for future expansion. The Mississippi facility will be ROCKFON’s fifth manufacturing facility in the world with other production facilities in Holland, France, Poland and Russia.
ROCKFON plans to hire approximately 100 people to work in the new facility. Positions will be open at all levels from management to skilled production staff. A well-trained workforce is essential to supporting ROCKFON’s high quality standards.
“Stone wool acoustic ceiling products currently sold in the North American market are manufactured in our Cigacice manufacturing plant in Poland. Local production will dramatically reduce lead times on orders and will allow us to better compete for future projects. We will continue to manufacture our ROCKFON specialty metal ceiling panels and Chicago Metallic® suspension systems in our Chicago and Baltimore facilities.” stated John Medio, ROCKFON’s president of the Americas.
About ROXUL Inc. and ROXUL USA Inc.
ROXUL Inc. located in Milton, Ontario and Grand Forks, British Columbia and ROXUL USA Inc. located in Marshall County Mississippi are subsidiaries of Denmark-based ROCKWOOL International A/S, the world’s largest producer of stone wool insulation. ROCKWOOL International A/S is a publicly held company, which trades on the Nasdaq Copenhagen stock exchange. Operating 28 factories in 18 countries, the ROCKWOOL Group employs over 11,000 people and features a global network of sales companies, trade offices and dedicated commercial partners. ROXUL’s products provide superior thermal and acoustical value and are fire resistant, water repellent, non-corrosive and resistant to mold.
For more information visit www.ROXUL.com
ROCKFON® is a leading provider of acoustic stone wool and metallic ceiling solutions and suspension systems.
With the acquisition of Chicago Metallic®, ROCKFON provides customers a complete ceiling system offering combining ROCKFON stone wool and specialty metal ceiling panels with Chicago Metallic suspension systems.
ROCKFON complete ceiling systems are a fast and simple way to create beautiful, comfortable spaces. Easy to install and durable, they protect people from noise and the spread of fire while making a constructive contribution towards a sustainable future.
ROCKFON is a subsidiary of Denmark-based ROCKWOOL International A/S, the world’s largest producer of stone wool products. The ROCKWOOL Group has more than 11,000 employees in 35 countries and is listed on the Nasdaq Copenhagen stock exchange. In North America, the ROCKWOOL Group operates under the name ROXUL.
For more information, visit www.ROCKFON.com