WestRock to build new WI corrugated-box plant

Atlanta, GA-based WestRock Co. will build a new corrugated-box plant in Pleasant Prairie, WI, to meet growing demand from customers in the Great Lakes region. The company intends to close its existing plant in North Chicago when construction of the new facility is completed in 2025.

This investment will position WestRock to increase its production capabilities and improve its cost profile in the Great Lakes region. Construction is estimated to cost approximately $140 million for the 560,000-sq-ft plant and is expected to be partially offset by property sales. 

“Investing in a new state-of-the-art corrugated converting facility elevates our production capabilities and better supports our end market strategy and margin improvement targets,” says David B. Sewell, CEO-WestRock. “We are pleased to expand our presence in an area of critical demand like the Great Lakes and are confident that by implementing production initiatives such as these, we will continue to solidify WestRock’s position as the supplier of choice.”

The new facility is expected to i
mprove sustainability through reduced energy consumption and new technology; improve quality and customer satisfaction using state-of-the-art automation; enhance digital capabilities and provide real-time data to improve decision-making and reduce unplanned downtime; and serve all key end markets in the Great Lakes region, including retail, distribution, processed food, industrial, and protein businesses among others.