WestRock to close Columbus facility

It has been reported that WestRock is to close its corrugated packaging facility in Columbus, OH.

A letter dated August 15 that was sent to employees, saying layoffs were expected to occur on October 15. Robby Johnson, APR Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, WestRock, said production at the plant would cease in mid-October though some employees may continue to be employed after that date.

“WestRock continually evaluates the profitable growth of operations to ensure it can continue delivering value to customers and team members,” Johnson said. “The Columbus facility requires significant capital investment in the future to stay competitive.”

Johnson said the plant site is expected to be fully closed by mid-January 2024. He said long-term plans have not been announced and selling the site is being considered.

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