ROCKWOOL in the community

A global company with local community values, ROCKWOOL takes pride in being a good neighbor and an integral part of every community in which we work. While we understand that doesn’t happen overnight, the below outline the three primary ways that we are delivering on our promise of helping the Jefferson County community thrive.

A positive economic impact in the region

We are committed and are looking forward to becoming a positive and contributing member of the Jefferson County community. For starters, the economic impact of a new manufacturing facility in West Virginia goes well beyond the fences of the ROCKWOOL factory.

According to the West Virginia Manufacturer’s Association, manufacturing employs approximately seven percent of the workforce and for every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.40 is added to the economy. That figure makes manufacturing provide the highest level of downstream economic benefits of any sector.

Based on our own experiences in North America and around the world – and independent expert economic modelling – we can say that the new manufacturing facility will generate local employment, revenue for local business, and additional household income and taxes for municipal projects.

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New local employment

The Ranson facility represents a $218 million investment in the community, which includes $64 million in payroll over the next 10 years for the 150 new direct manufacturing jobs that will be created across all trades (from the production line to management and supervisors). All but a small handful of these positions that have requirements for specialized skills are expected to be filled by local residents.

During construction there will be up to 250 full-time construction jobs created to build the facility.  While dedicated to the project, workers will support local businesses such as restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, recreation plus more during off-hours, providing additional income opportunities.

Once the facility is in operation and we start production, for every direct job we hire for at the plant, we expect an additional job will be created in service, technical, trucking, manufacturing of raw materials jobs. Based on the results achieved in Mississippi, we anticipate that the facility in Ranson will generate an estimated $5 million annually in local economic activity, largely due to an increased demand for services. For starters, the economic impact of a new manufacturing facility in West Virginia goes well beyond the fences of the ROCKWOOL factory.

New opportunities for local businesses

Around 90 percent of our business is local meaning that we produce close to our customers and we are dedicated to building supplier relationships and sourcing products and services from businesses across Jefferson County and the region.

This includes opportunities for full-time and seasonal contracts that will be provided across areas such as catering and food services, cleaning, landscaping, maintenance and trade services, and waste removal, among other areas. For more information and to submit an application for your business, visit our vendor and supplier application page.

A new source of tax revenue

The introduction of the new facility will mean a broader tax base to support publicly-funded activities and priorities in the county. During our first 10 years of operation, under the PILOT agreement ROCKWOOL expects to pay around $400,000 per year in taxes. Beginning in year 11 of factory operations, we will be paying approximately $1 million annually.

Our tax dollars will be utilized to support such public services as the Ranson Police Department and Parks & Recreation. In addition, roughly 75 percent of the property taxes collected for Jefferson County are distributed to the Jefferson County Board of Education – representing approximately 40 percent of the school system’s budget. There is also a portion that is used by the State of West Virginia as part of the General Revenue Budget.

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Manufacturing and production job opportunities at ROCKWOOL

In Ranson, we have jobs in operations, engineering, maintenance and trades, and site leadership.

Working at ROCKWOOL

We are a market-leading, global company with a proud 80-year history of innovation. Our products have a positive impact on global challenges like climate change and urbanization, and so can you. When you join ROCKWOOL Group, you become part of a global market leader in sustainable solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Are you up for the challenge? We’re looking for talented individuals just like you.

Supporting local suppliers

As the facility gets up and running, we’ll be looking for local suppliers to support a variety of needs, including catering and food services, cleaning, freight, landscaping and snow removal, and waste removal.

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A Community Partner

For ROCKWOOL, building and operating a production facility is a long-term investment and we focus on making a significant, positive and enduring impact in the communities in which we operate through active investment in infrastructure and programs that support the wellbeing and prosperity of people.

We’re proud to foster a positive environment and empower a workforce that delivers solutions that aim to enhance modern living for people and the planet.
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Supporting local programs, charities and causes

ROCKWOOL North America has made philanthropy and corporate social responsibility an integral part of our mandate since opening our first manufacturing facility and North American headquarters in Milton, Ontario, Canada in 1988. Our employees are also very engaged with volunteering for causes near and dear to them as well, which we fully endorse.

In Jefferson County, we’re continuing that legacy. We aim to be an active member of the community and are proud to invest in infrastructure and programs that support the wellbeing and prosperity of the local area, home to many current and future employees of the Ranson facility.

We strongly believe in the importance of good stewardship of community relationships and have already partnered to date with a number of local organizations in the area including: 

  • The American Legion Jackson-Perks Post 71 
  • Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital 
  • Jefferson County Community Ministries 
  • Jefferson County Parks and Recreation 
  • The Rotary Club of Charles Town 
  • WVU Medicine Children's Hospital 

For more information, download our ROCKWOOL Corporate Social Responsibility Fact Sheet.

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Charitable giving and volunteerism are an important part of our corporate culture at ROCKWOOL. We’re proud to continue to invest in infrastructure and programs that support the wellbeing of the communities where we live and work. It’s a privilege to be able to give back in this way.

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Maintaining open and honest communications

For ROCKWOOL, building factories is a major long-term investment. With a 30-year history in North America, we’ve made a meaningful impact in each of the communities in which we operate by focusing on nurturing open, lasting relationships with our neighbors. 

At all times, we look to engage in constructive, open-minded and transparent ways with the people of Ranson and Jefferson County. From the beginning, we have worked to ensure that neighbors were informed about the development project, which included a broad communications outreach program.

Following the selection of the 130-acre site location in Ranson, WV to build the plant, a series of outreach communications were shared with the community regarding the $150 million plant investment. This included information in the form of postcards, tri-fold brochures, and news articles published through the Jefferson County Development Authority, the Shepherdstown Chronicle, the Spirit of Jefferson, and The Journal, among others.

Our focus on transparency is also why we built this comprehensive ROCKWOOL Ranson website to provide information about the facility including environmental and health information. We have also held a number of community events where local residents have been encouraged to ask us questions in person and created a monthly community newsletter.

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Our Facebook community is part of our commitment to engage in an open dialogue with local residents. Get access to the latest news and announcements, and information about our new facility in West Virginia.

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Our history in North America

We opened our first factory in North America in Milton, Ontario, Canada in 1988. Since then we have started operations in additional facilities in Grand Forks, British Columbia, as well as the opening of our first facility in the United States in 2014 located in Byhalia, a small town within Marshall County, Mississippi.

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia Riverfront At Dawn
[Regarding the PILOT agreement] The Commission has found... that the agreements herein contained and the consummation of the transactions in connection herewith will promote the public interest and public purposes by, among other things, providing certainty and soundness in fiscal planning and promoting the present and prospective prosperity, health, happiness, safety and general welfare of the people of Jefferson County.

The County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia

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ROCKWOOL-Ranson-WV-About Us, Company History, Sustainable Operations-Fact Sheet
ROCKWOOL-Ranson-WV-About Us, Company History, Sustainable Operations-Fact Sheet
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ROCKWOOL Ranson, WV: Community and Economic Impact Fact Sheet
ROCKWOOL Ranson, WV: Community and Economic Impact Fact Sheet
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ROCKWOOL_Corporate Social Responsibility_Jefferson County_WV_Fact Sheet
ROCKWOOL_Corporate Social Responsibility_Jefferson County_WV_Fact Sheet
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ROCKWOOL_Fire Safety Association Partnerships_Fact Sheet
ROCKWOOL_Fire Safety Association Partnerships_Fact Sheet
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ROCKWOOL Group Code of Conduct for Suppliers
ROCKWOOL Group Code of Conduct for Suppliers
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ROCKWOOL Operations Code of Conduct
ROCKWOOL Operations Code of Conduct
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ROCKWOOL Ranson, WV: Environment Fact Sheet
ROCKWOOL Ranson, WV: Environment Fact Sheet
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ROCKWOOL Factory Water System Diagram
ROCKWOOL Factory Water System Diagram
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ROCKWOOL Ranson: Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan
ROCKWOOL Ranson: Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan
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ROCKWOOL Response to Jefferson County Board of Education's Request for HHRA
ROCKWOOL Response to Jefferson County Board of Education's Request for HHRA
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ROCKWOOL (ROXUL) Air Quality Modeling Report 12-18-2017
ROCKWOOL (ROXUL) Air Quality Modeling Report 12-18-2017
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Working at ROCKWOOL in Manufacturing Fact Sheet
Working at ROCKWOOL in Manufacturing Fact Sheet
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5-Step Job Application Process
5-Step Job Application Process
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West Virginia Manufacturing Economic Impact Study (Jan 2018)
West Virginia Manufacturing Economic Impact Study (Jan 2018)
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WV Executive (Summer 2019): ROCKWOOL Putting Down Roots in Jefferson County, WV
WV Executive (Summer 2019): ROCKWOOL Putting Down Roots in Jefferson County, WV
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ROCKWOOL reacts to NCP Denmark’s statement
ROCKWOOL reacts to NCP Denmark’s statement
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Pick of the litter (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
Pick of the litter (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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City sewer line financing vote comes Monday (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
City sewer line financing vote comes Monday (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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Work underway on $5M waterline (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
Work underway on $5M waterline (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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'Mystified after merger', and 'Fighting hysterical ROCKWOOL tall tales' (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
'Mystified after merger', and 'Fighting hysterical ROCKWOOL tall tales' (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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When 'anti-ROCKWOOL' morphs into 'anti-ratepayers' (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
When 'anti-ROCKWOOL' morphs into 'anti-ratepayers' (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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Police investigate threats against ROCKWOOL (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
Police investigate threats against ROCKWOOL (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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County faces tough choices on ROCKWOOL infrastructure (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
County faces tough choices on ROCKWOOL infrastructure (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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ROCKWOOL opponents file suit seeking county documents (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
ROCKWOOL opponents file suit seeking county documents (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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ROCKWOOL sewer vote concerns ‘how’ – not ‘if’ (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
ROCKWOOL sewer vote concerns ‘how’ – not ‘if’ (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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Councilman Tolbert urges ROCKWOOL shift (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
Councilman Tolbert urges ROCKWOOL shift (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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Some initial anti-ROCKWOOL contentions are false. What does that mean for all the rest? (Christine Snyder) (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
Some initial anti-ROCKWOOL contentions are false. What does that mean for all the rest? (Christine Snyder) (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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DEP cites Rockwool construction site (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
DEP cites Rockwool construction site (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Bring Energy-Efficient Innovation to Affordable Housing (made available courtesy of The Bridge)
Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Bring Energy-Efficient Innovation to Affordable Housing (made available courtesy of The Bridge)
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‘We are in it for the long run,’ Danish officials say; JCDA chief says ‘hysteria’ costing jobs (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
‘We are in it for the long run,’ Danish officials say; JCDA chief says ‘hysteria’ costing jobs (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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‘We are in it for the long run,’ Danish officials say (answers with Marco, Bjorn) (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
‘We are in it for the long run,’ Danish officials say (answers with Marco, Bjorn) (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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‘We are in it for the long run,’ Danish officials say (answers with Marco, Bjorn) continued (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
‘We are in it for the long run,’ Danish officials say (answers with Marco, Bjorn) continued (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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JCDA chief says ‘hysteria’ costing jobs (continued) (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
JCDA chief says ‘hysteria’ costing jobs (continued) (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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‘We are in it for the long run,’ Danish officials say (answers with Marco, Bjorn) continued part 2 (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
‘We are in it for the long run,’ Danish officials say (answers with Marco, Bjorn) continued part 2 (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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ROCKWOOL opponents get bad news (Caperton) (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
ROCKWOOL opponents get bad news (Caperton) (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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‘Tales of destruction’ aren’t the ROCKWOOL truth (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
‘Tales of destruction’ aren’t the ROCKWOOL truth (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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Is ROCKWOOL really what’s damaging our community? (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
Is ROCKWOOL really what’s damaging our community? (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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ROCKWOOL opponents get bad news (Caperton) continued (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
ROCKWOOL opponents get bad news (Caperton) continued (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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DEP: ROCKWOOL in Ranson ‘no threat’ (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
DEP: ROCKWOOL in Ranson ‘no threat’ (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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ROCKWOOL seeks to be a good neighbor in our communities (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
ROCKWOOL seeks to be a good neighbor in our communities (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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JCC backs delay of ROCKWOOL water bond vote (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
JCC backs delay of ROCKWOOL water bond vote (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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JCC backs delay of ROCKWOOL water bond vote part 2 (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
JCC backs delay of ROCKWOOL water bond vote part 2 (republished courtesy of the Spirit of Jefferson)
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Celebrating the best places to work: Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (made available by The Hamilton Spectator)
Celebrating the best places to work: Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (made available by The Hamilton Spectator)
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ROXUL INC.: Committed to employee advancement and long-term security (made available by The Hamilton Spectator)
ROXUL INC.: Committed to employee advancement and long-term security (made available by The Hamilton Spectator)
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Local stone Wool Manufacturer, ROXUL Inc., Donates $250,000 to Support Milton District Hospital Expansion (made available for reprint by Thomas Insights)
Local stone Wool Manufacturer, ROXUL Inc., Donates $250,000 to Support Milton District Hospital Expansion (made available for reprint by Thomas Insights)
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ROXUL Inc. celebrates grand opening of first U.S. facility (made available by Mississippi Works)
ROXUL Inc. celebrates grand opening of first U.S. facility (made available by Mississippi Works)
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JCDA Non-Disclosure Agreement
JCDA Non-Disclosure Agreement
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Project Shuttle - City of Ranson - City Manager
Project Shuttle - City of Ranson - City Manager
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Project Shuttle - City of Ranson - Mayor
Project Shuttle - City of Ranson - Mayor
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West Virginia (WV) Non-Disclosure Agreement
West Virginia (WV) Non-Disclosure Agreement
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ROCKWOOL Production Process Fact Sheet
ROCKWOOL Production Process Fact Sheet
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ROCKWOOL Ranson, WV Emergency Preparedness Fact Sheet
ROCKWOOL Ranson, WV Emergency Preparedness Fact Sheet
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ROCKWOOL Raw Materials Fact Sheet
ROCKWOOL Raw Materials Fact Sheet
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ROCKWOOL Ranson Truck Traffic Fact Sheet
ROCKWOOL Ranson Truck Traffic Fact Sheet
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ROCKWOOL Community Brochure
ROCKWOOL Community Brochure
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ROCKWOOL Ranson, WV: Construction and Permitting Fact Sheet
ROCKWOOL Ranson, WV: Construction and Permitting Fact Sheet
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ROCKWOOL Release Regarding Jefferson County BoE 2019.04.12
ROCKWOOL Release Regarding Jefferson County BoE 2019.04.12
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ROCKWOOL Ranson (Jefferson County) Outreach Communications
ROCKWOOL Ranson (Jefferson County) Outreach Communications
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ROXUL Ranson PILOT Agreement (signed)
ROXUL Ranson PILOT Agreement (signed)
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ROXUL Ranson PILOT Agreement (unsigned)
ROXUL Ranson PILOT Agreement (unsigned)
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ROCKWOOL Safe Use Instruction Sheet
ROCKWOOL Safe Use Instruction Sheet
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Safety Data Sheet: Ammonium Sulfate
Safety Data Sheet: Ammonium Sulfate
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Safety Data Sheet: Aqua Ammonia
Safety Data Sheet: Aqua Ammonia
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Safety Data Sheet: Bituminous Coal
Safety Data Sheet: Bituminous Coal
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Safety Data Sheet: Coupling Agent
Safety Data Sheet: Coupling Agent
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Safety Data Sheet: De-Dusting Oil
Safety Data Sheet: De-Dusting Oil
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Safety Data Sheet: Liquid Phenol Formaldehyde Resin Solution i78
Safety Data Sheet: Liquid Phenol Formaldehyde Resin Solution i78
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Safety Data Sheet: Oxygen
Safety Data Sheet: Oxygen
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Safety Data Sheet: Resin
Safety Data Sheet: Resin
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Safety Data Sheet: Waterproofing Agent
Safety Data Sheet: Waterproofing Agent
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ROCKWOOL Sustainability Report 2018
ROCKWOOL Sustainability Report 2018
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EPA: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Typical Passenger Vehicle
EPA: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Typical Passenger Vehicle
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Ecofys: Climate Benefits of ROCKWOOL Building Insulation - Jan18
Ecofys: Climate Benefits of ROCKWOOL Building Insulation - Jan18
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ROCKWOOL earns environmental award from Tennessee Valley Authority for carbon reduction efforts
ROCKWOOL earns environmental award from Tennessee Valley Authority for carbon reduction efforts
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iRockGlobalGoals - ROCKWOOL Employees Celebrate Sustainability
iRockGlobalGoals - ROCKWOOL Employees Celebrate Sustainability
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ROCKWOOL LEED v4 Solutions Guide
ROCKWOOL LEED v4 Solutions Guide
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USGBC Building and Climate Change Report
USGBC Building and Climate Change Report
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