Natchez, Miss. (Jan. 26, 2015) – Officials from vonDrehle and state and local officials gathered today for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the company’s future paper machine facility in Natchez, Miss. VonDrehle, which provides paper products to commercial and industrial users nationwide, announced in 2013 it acquired the former Mississippi River Pulp facility and would purchase new converting equipment and eventually install a paper machine. The entire project represents a corporate investment of approximately $100 million and is creating 100 new jobs.
“I am pleased to see vonDrehle’s progress in Natchez and commend the company on this milestone. Today’s groundbreaking puts vonDrehle one step closer to providing 100 new job opportunities for the area’s residents, and it demonstrates the commitment the company has made to Natchez and Adams County,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “I congratulate the von Drehle team on this exciting event and look forward to watching the company thrive in Mississippi.”
Since vonDrehle’s acquisition of the facility in 2013, many improvements to the building have been made to accommodate the new additions to move the Natchez facility forward. “We look forward to bringing NTT tissue technology here to Natchez. This machine will be capable of producing 30,000 tons annually, and it will be the first paper machine with this type of advanced technology in North America,” said vonDrehle President and CEO Randy Bergman. “We would like to thank the city of Natchez and state leaders for their assistance in moving this project forward.”
The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project for the construction of an access road to the new facility. Adams County provided assistance in the form of tax abatements.
“Today is an exciting day for the city of Natchez and Adams County, and MDA is proud to have provided assistance as vonDrehle prepares to begin construction of its new paper machine facility,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “We congratulate vonDrehle on this exciting event, as well as our partners at Natchez, Inc. and Adams County who worked to bring this great company to our state.”
Established in 1974, vonDrehle 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 vonDrehle's website at www.vondrehle.com.
Natchez Inc. is Natchez and Adams County’s lead economic and community development agency. Our staff is engaged in providing services to businesses, communities and the workforce in the region. Our mission is to serve existing and new businesses and industries – all with the goal of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of area residents. For more information, visit Natchez, Inc. website at www.natchezinc.com.
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“We want to thank the vonDrehle family for choosing Natchez to be the location of such a substantial investment in their company, and we are proud to be the home of this new technology. We welcome this investment, and will continue to provide any available support to insure your success in our region.” Sue Stedman, Chairman Natchez, Inc.
“Thank you for your continued commitment to move Adams County forward and create a better quality of life for the next generation of Natchez.” Mike Lazarus, Vice President, Adams County Board of Supervisors, District 1.