Rockfon has celebrated a grand opening for the North America facility and three months of uninterrupted production. The 130,000-square-foot manufacturing facility started production in July and has been functioning ever since, with the first deliveries of its acoustic stone wool ceiling panels already having been made to U.S. customers.
ROCKWOOL Group CEO Jens Birgersson cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony. He was joined by the Governor of Mississippi Phil Bryant, plus other state and local government officials, customers and employees. Birgersson states, “The U.S. market is important for Rockfon and the ROCKWOOL Group. This manufacturing facility expands our North American capacity and will help us meet the growing demand here for stone wool ceiling products. Paving the way for further growth, the facility brings us closer to our customers, shortens delivery time, and cuts transportation costs and environmental impact.”
Attending the ribbon-cutting alongside the Group CEO and other state officials, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant comments, “The grand opening coincides with the ROCKWOOL Group’s 80th anniversary and serves as a testament to the success and continued growth of this company. It’s also indicative of the competitive advantages a Marshall County location offers for companies building foundations for growth in the current economy.”
The facility represents a $40 million investment for ROCKWOOL Group. Employing about 90 people, it is located next to an existing ROXUL factory in Marshall County, Miss., about 30 miles from Memphis. It means that Rockfon now can say that its complete ceiling systems are made in the U.S.A.
“Since Rockfon entered the North American market in 2013, we’ve been working to meet the growing demand for stone wool acoustic and other ceiling products. This facility allows us to respond to market demands and service customer needs – and to do so with products we’re proud to say are made in the U.S.,” says Rockfon President – Americas John Medio.