Ox Industries to purchase two Midwest URB mills from WestRock Co.

Hanover, PA-based Ox Industries says it will purchase two URB (uncoated recycled paperboard) mills in Aurora, IL, and Eaton, IN, from WestRock Company. 

With this acquisition, Ox will onboard an estimated 150 employees between the two URB locations with 85,000 tons of capacity and converting capabilities adding to the company’s optimized assets. The transaction is expected to close before year end.

“We are excited to work with the Aurora and Eaton teams and welcome them to OX. These facilities will add to our mill system and increase our niche business of vertically integrated converted paper products in the Midwest,” says Ox Industries CEO Kevin Hayward. 

Ox Industries is a leader in manufacturing 100% recycled paperboard, specialty papers, paper tubes and cores, and protective packaging. Ox is a vertically integrated company operating six recycled-paperboard mills and eight paper-tube, protective-packaging, and specialty-converting plants with more than 600 employees in 10 states.