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Containerboard: RockTenn to shut box plants in Wisconsin and Massachusetts

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Containerboard: RockTenn to shut box plants in Wisconsin and Massachusetts

May 10, 2013 - 11:10

SAN FRANCISCO, May 10, 2013 (PPI Pulp & Paper Week) -RockTenn will shut two US corrugated box plants by mid-year as consolidation continues two years after its acquisition of Smurfit-Stone Container, according to local news reports.

The company is to first close a plant by the end of May in Mansfield, MA, south of Boston, and by July 5 will close a former Smurfit-Stone box plant in Milwaukee.

Most of the 69 workers at the Milwaukee plant are to relocate to other RockTenn plants in the area, a spokesman told theJournal Sentinel. The plant dates to the 1950s and used to run an 87-in corrugator.

Two years ago, RockTenn shut a Milwaukee folding carton plant impacting 199 jobs, theJournal Sentineladded.

Area operations include a sheet plant in Milwaukee, a former Smurfit-Stone container plant in Germantown, and a displays plant in Jackson.

In Massachusetts, the Mansfield plant formerly was run by Smurfit-Stone, according toThe Sun Chronicle.

About 90 workers will be laid off, with some workers already dismissed. The plant also used to run an 87-in corrugator.

RockTenn shows two other container plants in New England in Wakefield and Devons, MA. The company operates a sheet plant in Springfield, MA.

International Paper last week slated permanent shutdowns of three corrugated container plants in Indiana, Kansas, and Florida. The company is consolidating capacity after its 2012 merger with Temple-Inland.

-Work has begun onRengo Packaging's160,000 ft2corrugated manufacturing facility in Kapolei, Hawaii. Foundation work is expected to be completed in the next couple of months and plant equipment is to be installed in the second quarter of 2014. The plant is to be fully operational by mid-year 2014. Rengo Packaging was formed in June 2011 when Rengo purchased the assets ofHawaii Box & Packaging.