Natchez, Miss. – Officials from von Drehle Corporation announced today the company is locating manufacturing operations in Natchez, Miss. The company, which provides paper products to commercial and industrial consumers nationwide, will create at least 100 new jobs, will make investments in additio...
Natchez, Miss. – Officials from von Drehle Corporation announced today the company is locating manufacturing operations in Natchez, Miss. The company, which provides paper products to commercial and industrial consumers nationwide, will create at least 100 new jobs, will make investments in additional converting equipment and subsequently will install a paper machine.
This announcement follows Governor Phil Bryant’s 2013 State of the State address delivered on Jan. 22. In that address, Bryant spoke of Mississippi’s economic development successes and the importance of the state’s business climate to business recruitment efforts.
“I am pleased to welcome von Drehle to Mississippi,” Gov. Bryant said. “I know Mississippi’s dedicated workforce and supportive business climate will serve von Drehle well, and I thank company officials for investing in our state and in our people.”
Von Drehle has acquired the former Mississippi River Pulp facility, which closed its doors in November 2012. From its new Natchez location, von Drehle will manufacture paper products formerly produced by Mississippi River Pulp, as well as its own product lines.
“We believe the people, community and state are a good fit for von Drehle and we appreciate their support throughout this process. The company is excited to expand our operating footprint in Natchez, Mississippi,” said Randy Bergman, chief operating officer of the von Drehle Corporation.
The Mississippi Development Authority assisted von Drehle with this project, providing guidance on available tax incentives. In addition, Adams County is providing support for this project.
“I am delighted von Drehle has decided to locate operations in Mississippi,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “I am grateful to our partners at Natchez Inc. who worked so diligently with MDA to help find a buyer for the former Mississippi River Pulp facility. We were proud to have worked with von Drehle on this project and wish the company much success at its new Mississippi location.”
Established in 1974, von Drehle maintains manufacturing operations in North Carolina, Nevada and Tennessee. Through an international network of more than 400 distributor partners, the Hickory, N.C.-based company sells towel, tissue and dispenser products to industrial, commercial and institutional distributors, contract cleaners and building-maintenance service providers. To learn more, visit von Drehle's website at www.vondrehle.com.
To date in 2013, the Mississippi Development Authority has assisted with business location and expansion projects that have resulted in the announcement of 760 new jobs and nearly $58 million in private sector investment.