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Byhalia, Miss. (May 8, 2013)– Governor Phil Bryant, along with local officials and officials from Roxul Inc., today broke ground on the company’s first-ever U.S. manufacturing facility. Roxul is a leading manufacturer of stone wool insulation products.
Roxul Inc. announced the new manufacturing operation in June 2012 and is locating its 600,000-squre foot production facility in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park in Byhalia. The facility is creating 150 jobs and represents a $160 million corporate investment.
“The state of Mississippi is proud that Roxul chose to locate in Marshall County, and we appreciate the company’s strong belief in our citizens and their work ethic,” Gov. Bryant said. “This will be a cutting-edge facility that will be environmentally friendly, result in high-paying jobs and produce a high-end product. We like to say that ‘Mississippi Works,’ and this outstanding manufacturing operation will illustrate that to the world on many levels.”
Roxul Inc. is a part of Denmark-based Rockwool International, the world’s leading producer of stone wool. Stone wool is a fiber-based insulation made from natural stone and recycled content.
“Rockwool and Roxul are delighted to be locating and constructing our first United States plant and believe this will enable us to meet the growing demand for our stone wool insulation product,” said Roxul Inc. President Trent Ogilvie. “We analyzed several possible sites in the southeastern United States, and the State of Mississippi and Marshall County provided us the optimal site. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship.”
The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance for the project through the Mississippi Industry Incentive Financing Revolving Fund for site preparation, as well as assistance for road improvements and workforce training. Additionally, Marshall County Commission provided assistance for infrastructure improvements.
“This is an exciting day for Mississippi as Roxul prepares to begin construction of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Byhalia,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “We are extremely grateful to the team at Roxul for investing in our state and in our workforce, and MDA is honored to have provided assistance to help this great company locate its very first U.S. stone wool insulation manufacturing plant in Marshall County. We congratulate Roxul and our partners in Marshall County and at the Appalachian Regional Commission on this milestone event.”
Roxul Inc. is the North American division of Rockwool International and has been operating in Canada for more than 20 years. The company is the leading North American manufacturer of stone wool insulation products for the North American market and has operations in Milton, Ontario, and Grand Forks, British Columbia. Both facilities employ world-class technology to produce residential products, as well as a wide array of industrial, commercial and marine stone wool insulation products. To learn more, please visit www.roxul.com.
About Mississippi Development Authority
Mississippi Development Authority is the State of Mississippi’s lead economic and community development agency. Nearly 300 employees are engaged in providing services to businesses, communities and workers in the state. While the agency is best known for its efforts to recruit new businesses to Mississippi, the Authority provides services to promote tourism, help communities improve their quality of place, help existing employers identify and meet opportunities and challenges and help workers improve their skills – all with the goal of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of Mississippians. For more information, visit MDA’s website at mississippi.org.