Rockfon, a part of Denmark-based ROCKWOOL Group, started production today of stone wool acoustic ceiling products at its first North America manufacturing facility. Located in Marshall County, Miss., this Rockfon state-of-the-art facility is the company's fifth stone wool ceiling production site globally. Its complete ceiling product offering combines Rockfon acoustic stone wool and specialty metal ceiling panels with Chicago Metallic suspension systems.
The ROCKWOOL Group, the world's largest manufacturer of stone wool products, invested approximately $40 million in the new 130,000-square-foot (12,000-square-meter) Rockfon North America facility. With support from colleagues at ROCKWOOL and its worldwide network, the U.S. production line began as scheduled and is operating as anticipated. (Click here to see a video of the Rockfon North America facility and the first of its stone wool ceiling panels made in the U.S.)
"We are excited to have our first Rockfon North America facility open and operating as planned," says Rockfon President – Americas John Medio. "We listened to the North American market and heard its growing demand for our stone wool acoustic ceiling products. Our new facility is a game-changer in the U.S. ceiling products industry. It extends our capacity across the globe and positions us well for future expansion."
Rockfon's new facility in Marshall County is located adjacent to an existing manufacturing center for ROXUL, an affiliated operating company under the ROCKWOOL umbrella in North America. ROXUL manufactures a full line of residential, commercial, industrial and roof board stone wool insulation products.
Trent Ogilvie, North American president of ROXUL Inc., welcomes Rockfon and notes, "ROCKWOOL continually demonstrates its commitment to and investment in our North American market. The successful completion of Rockfon's first U.S. facility responds to the increased demand for stone wool products, and paves the way for further growth and innovation."
Medio agrees and adds, "As part of ROCKWOOL, we are fortunate to draw from our global network to support and accentuate the strengths of our local resources. Together with our distributors, we are increasing our share of the ceiling panel market in North America."
Medio continues, "Today, we are proud to say our complete ceiling systems are 'Made in the U.S.A.' Producing locally makes it easier and faster to supply our customers and distributors with Rockfon's high quality products. Reduced lead times as well as a comprehensive inventory program maintained in our strategically located U.S. warehouses offer increased service levels to our customers."
Essential to its operations, a well-trained workforce supports Rockfon's high quality standards. More than 90 jobs from management level to skilled production staff have been created with this new facility. The majority of Rockfon's new colleagues live in or near Marshall County, Mississippi. These jobs contribute to the healthy economy of the state and the nation.
Rockfon will host a grand opening celebration and tours of the stone wool ceiling manufacturing facility in Mississippi later this year.