Community support and economic impact

ROCKWOOL is committed to making a positive contribution in the community for the residents of Ranson and Jefferson County.

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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.

Economic impact

The economic impact of a new manufacturing facility in West Virginia goes well beyond the perimeter of the ROCKWOOL factory.

Based on our experiences in communities worldwide – and supported by expert economic modeling done by an independent firm – the new manufacturing facility in Ranson, Jefferson County will generate local employment, increase average household income, and contribute substantially to the local government in taxes.

The Ranson facility represents a $150 million investment that will bring a significant economic benefit to the area including:

  • 150 direct jobs will be created within positions across all trades (from the management team to production line), with all but a handful expected to be hired locally based on requirements for specialized skills.
  • There will be up to 250 full-time construction jobs during the building process.
  • When production begins, for every direct job we hire for at the plant, an additional job will be created in service, technical, trucking, manufacturing of raw materials jobs.
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Creating positive economic impact

"ROCKWOOL has been a great corporate citizen. Leadership from the corporate level to the local plant managers have been exceptional to work with."
- Justin Hall, Executive Director, Marshall County Industrial Development Authority

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What’s it like to be neighbors with ROCKWOOL?

It starts with keeping you, members of the community, aware of the new ROCKWOOL development in Ranson. 

Prior to breaking ground on the facility, ROCKWOOL led a broad communications outreach program to ensure that neighbors were informed about the development project.

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 in well-known local publications as the Jefferson County Development Authority, the Shepherdstown Chronicle, the Spirit of Jefferson, and The Journal, among others.

Making a lasting commitment to the community

For ROCKWOOL, building factories is a major long-term investment. In Jefferson County, we are focused on making a significant, positive and enduring economic impact.

Worldwide we have eight factories that have been operating for more than 20 years, including two operating for more than 30 years and two for over 40 years. Our facility in Roermond in the Netherlands has celebrated 50 years in operation! 

In North America, our facility in Milton, Ontario has been in use since 1988, and we've built strong and lasting partnerships with the community there over the last 30 years. Today, Milton continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in Canada and has seen median income levels continue to rise.1

Contributing to the local economy during construction

During the construction phase over the course of 2019 and 2020, there will be up to 250 professional contractor and development jobs created for workers who will be on site at the factory. 

While dedicated to the project, workers will support local businesses such as restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, and recreation during their off-hours.

Based on current estimates, we expect at least $10 million in local construction activity. 

From our experience building the factory in Mississippi, we anticipate that once fully operational and running at capacity, the Ranson ROCKWOOL facility will generate an estimated $5 million annually in local economic activity.

This is due to an increased demand for local services, whereby we anticipate up to 150 jobs will be created locally at businesses outside the factory.

Additionally, ROCKWOOL will make just over $4 million in property and other tax payments to the community during a 10-year tax incentive period between 2020 and 2029. Employees will of course also pay all relevant income taxes on the salaries and wages they earn.

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Bringing jobs to Jefferson County

A career at ROCKWOOL means becoming part of the world's leading producer of innovative stone wool products. Across the organization, you will find a variety of people, each with their own story to tell. We work hard to ensure that everyone is valued and fairly rewarded for their contribution.

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Ranson recruitment has started

"You want to be able to have a stable environment and a good job. That's one the things when you have industry come in, you have that."
- Rebecca Brown. Special Education Teacher, Byhalia Elementary School

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Supporting local programs, charities and causes

ROCKWOOL North America has made philanthropy and corporate social responsibility (corporate citizenship) an integral part of its mandate since first opening its 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 with as the organization, 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 well-being 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 organizations in the area including:

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

On April 2, 2019 we were proud to announce our support for the Jefferson County Fire and Rescue Association's adoption of an accountability system that will enhance safety for on-scene personnel during incidents as well as provide incident command staff an improved means to track and account for all personnel on the scene. 

ROCKWOOL partners with fire associations and councils across North America to make sure that building codes, laws, regulations and practices promote the best available methods of fire safety. The opportunity to provide a financial contribution toward a safety system for fire and emergency personnel directly aligns with our commitment to safety, and legacy of philanthropy. 

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An ongoing initiative of the JCFRA is to promote community partnerships between us and other organizations, and we look forward to this being a lasting partnership between the fire and EMS departments of Jefferson County and ROCKWOOL.

Chief Michael Mood

CHAIRMAN OF THE JCFRA AND CHIEF OF MIDDLEWAY FIRE COMPANY

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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.

Leslie McLaren

North American Manager, Corporate Communications & Stakeholder Relations

What we’ve learned over 30 years in Milton, Ontario

The community of Milton has continued to prosper since ROCKWOOL’s arrival in 1988. Today, we operate a manufacturing facility as well as have our North American headquarters located there.

The town has become one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada, with a 71% population increase from 2001-2006, and an additional 56% increase from 2006-2011.2

Milton’s growth ranks 6th in all of Canada and is number one in Ontario. In addition, property values have increased by 400% over the past 20 years as can be seen in the visual below.3

The ROCKWOOL manufacturing facility in Milton employs 441 employees in Milton with 28% residing in the Town of Milton. The factory is located close to residential neighborhoods, schools, businesses, parks, and protected green space (as seen in the below graphic) and has been operating as a valuable member of the community for over 30 years. 

Nearby facilities in Milton include the following:

  • Seven (7) schools and the downtown core are within 1 mile
  • 24 schools, a hospital, and the downtown core are within 3 miles
  • Located within four (4) miles of the Niagara Escarpment (United Nations World Biosphere Reserve)
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ROCKWOOL Milton factory location and township map including schools, hospital, and downtown.

ROCKWOOL Milton factory location and township map including schools, hospital, and downtown.

ROCKWOOL Milton, Ontario population, median income, and housing price comparison.

ROCKWOOL Milton, Ontario population, median income, and housing price comparison.

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Working with schools and the Board of Education

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Everybody is proud to have them here. They've been there and they've been giving back since day one.

Sarah Sawyer

Executive Director, Byhalia Chamber of Commerce

Taxation and economic incentives

In addition to providing new jobs and economic activity, ROCKWOOL is focused on building a long-term relationship with the City of Ranson, Jefferson County, and residents of these communities. The introduction of the manufacturing facility will mean a broader tax base to support publicly-funded activities and priorities.

During the first 10 years of operation, ROCKWOOL is expected to pay $4,000,000 in taxes. Beginning in year 11 of factory operations, we will be paying approximately $1,000,000 annually which means additional revenue sources for the city and county.

The Board of Education will receive the largest amount of the taxes that ROCKWOOL will pay, helping to fund school operations and the salaries of teachers and support staff. This includes an expected amount of $1,600,000 over the first 10 years and an annual amount of approximately $700,000 from year 11 onward. 

As you can see in the graphic below, tax dollars paid will be utilized to support such public services as the Ranson Police Department and Parks & Recreation. The Jefferson County portion is allocated toward maintaining the County’s sheriff’s department and emergency services.

The second visual below shows the memorandum of understanding (MoU) detailing commitments and economic incentives for the Ranson facility. This includes a $2.2 million forgivable loan to ROCKWOOL and commitment of $2,000 per employee for workforce training.

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ROCKWOOL Ranson, Jefferson County, WV tax responsibilities and commitments.

ROCKWOOL Ranson, Jefferson County, WV memorandum of understanding (MoU) economic incentives.

ROCKWOOL Ranson, Jefferson County, WV memorandum of understanding (MoU) economic incentives.

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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About ROCKWOOL

Who is ROCKWOOL and what is stone wool insulation?

Find out answers to these questions and more with information about our organization, its history and values, and an overview on the materials we use in manufacturing.

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Jobs and Vendor Opportunities

150 jobs coming to Ranson, WV. Hiring starts in 2019.

ROCKWOOL is providing new manufacturing jobs in Jefferson County with an exceptional culture, wellness programs, investments in learning and development, and dedicated corporate social responsibility. We will also provide new vendor partner contract opportunities once the factory is in operation.

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Sustainability

At ROCKWOOL, sustainability is always top of mind.

Responsible business practices underpin everything we do. Sustainability is not only important for our products and brand, but also for our production process. We have ambitious targets for 2022 and 2030 to further reduce our environmental footprint in compliance with United Nations sustainability goals.

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Factory Operations and Production

Interested in how our stone wool insulation is made?

The ROCKWOOL manufacturing process includes an overview of insulation being made and what it’s made of, day-to-day operations of the plant and insight into the visibility, water usage and trucking and transportation impacts for Jefferson County.

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Environment

Protecting against factory emissions to minimize the impact on air and water quality.

The state-of-the-art technology we use meets and exceeds regulatory requirements. We've also made a commitment to ongoing third-party air monitoring that will allow you to track air quality in the area.

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Construction and Permitting

An overview of the air, construction and environmental permits required.

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ROCKWOOL Byhalia Silo Construction Correspondence 10.13.16
ROCKWOOL Byhalia Silo Construction Correspondence 10.13.16
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ROCKWOOL WV DEP Notice Regarding Permit WVR108876
ROCKWOOL WV DEP Notice Regarding Permit WVR108876
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ROCKWOOL Passive House Solutions Guide
ROCKWOOL Passive House Solutions Guide
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ROCKWOOL LEED v4 Solutions Guide
ROCKWOOL LEED v4 Solutions Guide
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ROCKWOOL Group Code of Conduct for Suppliers
ROCKWOOL Group Code of Conduct for Suppliers
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ROCKWOOL Product Transparency Inventory - Technical Bulletin
ROCKWOOL Product Transparency Inventory - Technical Bulletin
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USGBC Building and Climate Change Report
USGBC Building and Climate Change Report
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9/18/2018 WVDEP - ROCKWOOL Air Permit Statement
9/18/2018 WVDEP - ROCKWOOL Air Permit Statement
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Water Usage and Recycling: Open House Materials
Water Usage and Recycling: Open House Materials
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Air Quality: Open House Materials
Air Quality: Open House Materials
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About ROCKWOOL: Open House Materials
About ROCKWOOL: Open House Materials