MARSHALL COUNTY — ROXUL Inc., a manufacturer of stone wool insulation products in North America, has officially opened its first manufacturing facility in the United States.
ROXUL President Trent Ogilvie, ROCKWOOL International CEO Eelco van Heel and Gov. Phil Bryant cut the ribbon at the grand opening, which was followed by a tour of the $160 million plant located in Marshall County. The factory encompasses 600,000 square feet and is located on a 100-acre site in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park.
The company officially broke ground on May 8, 2013, and construction at times included more than 500 workers on site. Completion took more than 750,000 man-hours, with no lost time for accidents.
“This is truly a historic occasion for ROXUL,” said Ogilvie. “When conducting our site selection due diligence, it was clear that the state of Mississippi and Marshall County provided us the optimal location from both a manufacturing and distribution standpoint. The support ROXUL has received from the community and the State has been terrific. We couldn’t have found a better place to call home.”
ROXUL began production in June 2014 in Marshall County.
Bryant said, “The company is also putting Mississippi in the global spotlight — helping us show the world that great things are happening in our state and that Mississippi is a wonderful place for business. We have the infrastructure, the resources and the workforce to ensure growth and success for our companies.”
The Marshall County plant will employ 150 workers, with key operators and supervisors having trained more than 30,000 hours in Canada, Denmark, Holland and Wales.
ROXUL now operates three North American facilities, with the first U.S.-based plant joining locations in Grand Forks, British Columbia, and Milton, Ontario.
ROXUL’s insulation is made from natural stone and contains up to 40 percent recycled material with zero waste to landfill, according to the company.
ROXUL Inc. is a subsidiary of ROCKWOOL International A/S, a supplier of innovative products and systems based on stone wool. ROCKWOOL International A/S is a publicly held company, which trades on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange Copenhagen. Operating 28 factories in 18 countries, the ROCKWOOL Group employs more than 10,000 people and features a global network of sales companies, trade offices and dedicated commercial partners.