Western Pulp, a packaging company with a history dating back to 1958, has announced the cessation of production operations at its Jacksonville facility by the end of this month.
The company will, however, maintain shipping operations to aid customers in transitioning to new suppliers. The decision aligns with a trend in the industry to consolidate operations and avoid costly repairs.
Rick Hurley, President and Chairman of Western Pulp Products, stated that the move aims to enhance shareholder returns and optimize capital investments. The rising costs of raw materials, labor, utilities, and property insurance in East Texas also influenced the decision.
The Jacksonville facility, which produces molded fiber packaging and has operated since 1973, will see its 90,000-plus square-foot property put up for sale. An experienced leadership team will oversee the careful plant closure process, with a commitment to treating customers and suppliers as valued partners. The 20 full-time employees at the site will receive outplacement assistance and ongoing healthcare benefits.
Western Pulp extended gratitude to the local community, the city of Jacksonville, and its long-serving employees for their dedication and service.
Additional information can be found on their website, westernpulp.com.