When we broke ground on our new manufacturing facility in Byhalia back in May of 2013, it was clear that Marshall County, Mississippi is a location that provides efficient access to the southern U.S. market for our manufacturing and distribution. The construction process included more than 500 workers on site and took roughly 850,000 hours to complete, with no lost time for accidents.
ROCKWOOL (formerly ROXUL Inc.) began operations at this location in June of 2014 and is producing our full line of residential, commercial, industrial, and roofing stone wool insulation solutions at the 600,000-square foot manufacturing plant. The facility, located on a 115-acre site in the Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park at 4594 Cayce Road is approximately 31 miles from Memphis, Tennessee.
Representing a $200M investment in the county, this is our first production operation in the United States, enabling ROCKWOOL to join the made-in-America ranks, and expanding our North American production capacity. We worked closely with the Mississippi Development Authority and local officials who helped facilitate start-up requirements including road improvements and workforce training. Marshall County, the Appalachian Regional Commission and Tennessee Valley Authority also supported infrastructure improvements.
In 2017, we expanded to accommodate production of Rockfon’s best-in-class acoustic ceiling solutions. This 130,000-square foot operation is situated adjacent to the ROCKWOOL facility on the same site and the $40M investment by ROCKWOOL International A/S is a sign of rising demand for stone and mineral wool products in the United States.
ROCKWOOL's sustainability measures at the facility in Byhalia, Mississippi are delivering real results
Our manufacturing processes and commitment to sustainability in Marshall County, MS earned us recognition among just a handful of businesses for the largest year-over-year carbon emission improvement for 2016-2017 from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Initiatives at the production facility include a waste reduction strategy aimed at limiting or preventing waste to landfill, reusing water in the production process, and recovering heat from the manufacturing process which is then used to heat our facility.