Georgia-based WestRock Co. is planning to pump more than $5 million into new equipment at its Plymouth facility. The city council has approved tax abatement for the project, which is expected to help retain more than 100 jobs in Marshall County.
WestRock Co. was formed earlier this year with the merger of MeadWestvaco and RockTenn, a Tennessee-based company. RockTenn acquired the Plymouth facilities in 2011 from Glenmark Industries Inc. The company has reported significant growth at the Marshall County operation. Plymouth WestRock Branch General Manager Jim Janus says "when I started here 8 years ago, we employed 30 people; now it's over 100. This abatement approval is sure to help our company and the Plymouth community grow even further."
The manufacturer's clients include Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut and Little Caesars Pizza.
Mayor Mark Senter says "I'm proud that the city approved the WestRock abatement, and that Plymouth offers our business community so many great reasons to expand."
The global company has a presence in 30 countries.