RockTenn to Expand Headquarters in Norcross, Georgia

August 8, 2011 - Governor Nathan Deal on Aug. 4 announced that Norcross, Georgia-based RockTenn will add 500 new jobs and invest $5 million to expand the company's corporate headquarters.

RockTenn recently acquired Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., which had operated dual corporate headquarters based in St. Louis and Chicago.

"RockTenn expanding its corporate headquarters here is big news not only because 500 new jobs will be created, but also because this top Fortune 500 company has chosen Georgia as the best place to keep doing business for years to come," said Governor Nathan Deal. "RockTenn currently employs more than1,100 Georgians and helping to secure the future of those existing jobs with this investment is just as important as adding the new ones."

Governor Deal and Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson, along with the State and Gwinnett County Economic Development teams, worked closely with RockTenn to help secure the expansion. The expansion will create quality jobs in the shared-services functions of accounting, finance, information technology, procurement and supply chain, allowing RockTenn to provide better service to both internal and external customers.

The company will take advantage of Georgia Quick Start, the nation's top-rated customized workforce development program, as well as the University System of Georgia's Intellectual Capital Program (ICAPP) and the resources of the Georgia Institute for Technology. The Georgia Department of Labor will assist RockTenn with the hiring process.

"We are grateful for the Governor's leadership, the Mayor's leadership and the hard work of their economic development teams to enable us to locate all these new jobs here in Georgia," said Jim Rubright, Chairman and CEO of RockTenn. "Our continued growth in Georgia enables us to consolidate many of our corporate functions and focus on our primary objectives of providing superior paperboard and packaging solutions to our customers at very low costs, exceeding our customers' expectations and creating long-term shareholder value. This expansion will help us continue to provide our employees with a great place to work."

Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson said, "RockTenn's decision to remain in Norcross and expand in Gwinnett County is wonderful news for our community and reflects our commitment to work with businesses to help grow our economy."

RockTenn is one of North America's leading integrated manufacturers of corrugated and consumer packaging and recycling solutions, with net sales of approximately $10 billion. RockTennís 26,000 employees are committed to exceeding their customersí expectations — every time. The company operates locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and China.

SOURCE: The City of Norcross