Situated on 23.5 acres, the new facility is being developed in partnership with ElmTree Funds, JB2 Partners and construction firm Clayco


The facility is situated outside of the Vancouver, Washington metropolitan area. (Credit: matlevesque from Pixabay)

US-based corrugated packaging company WestRock has broken ground on a new 410,000ft² corrugated box plant in Longview, Washington.

Situated on 23.5 acres, the plant is being built by Clayco, a full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm.

The facility, situated outside of the Vancouver, Washington metropolitan area, represents the first collaboration between Clayco and WestRock.

The new plant, which is being developed by JB2 Partners and owned by an investment fund managed by ElmTree Funds, will feature WestRock’s corrugated manufacturing operations.

According to WestRock, the production is expected to start in the fall of this year and will create 40 new jobs in Longview, Washington.

The single-storey, concrete tilt-up manufacturing plant will have a clearance height of 44ft.

Clayco Industrial Business Unit president Anthony Johnson said: “At Clayco, we take pride in our responsibility to help clients bring goods closer to consumers and their communities faster and more efficiently.

“Along these lines, we are excited that ElmTree Funds engaged Clayco and JB2 to help WestRock promote safety and quality and accelerate speed to market.”

ElmTree Funds is a Missouri-based real estate private equity company.

The company hired Clayco to serve as the general contractor and JB2 Partners as the developer to expand and consolidate the mill operations in Longview.

WestRock chief executive officer David Sewell said: “This new packaging plant will enable our team in the region to serve customers even better in the future, with a manufacturing facility that will provide new capabilities and efficiencies.

“We are pleased to invest in a local community that is vibrant and growing.”

Design and architecture firm Lamar Johnson Collaboration (LJC) is responsible for the building’s design, and Clayco and Langan are working together to provide civil engineering services.

In December last year, WestRock completed the acquisition of the remaining interest in Mexico-based Grupo Gondi for $970m plus the assumption of debt.