WestRock moves supply chain to Atlanta cutting 16 positions at Longview paper

first_imgLONGVIEW — Sixteen management positions were cut from the former KapStone pulp and paper mill this month as the local plant began its “integration” with its new owner.WestRock Co. bought the KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. mill in November in a $4.8 billion deal. The merger made Atlanta-based WestRock one of the largest producers of paper and packaging products in the nation and gave it immediate access to west coast and Asia markets.The acquisition made the Longview mill the largest in the WestRock system.As part of the merger, West-Rock “centralized” its supply chain functions to its corporate office in Atlanta, WestRock spokesman John Pensec said Thursday. The Longview mill had its own on-site supply chain function, Pensec said.“When we acquired KapStone, there were some duplicate functions. … We talked to those employees about relocating (to Atlanta), but those that didn’t want to were eliminated on the supply chain (in Longview),” Pensec said.Pensec added that company officials were “very pleased that a number of them” decided to move to Atlanta, though he did not provide a more specific figure of how many people relocated.last_img read more