Board Converting News, September 12, 2022


and how he went from just trying to ‘Get Through ‘Til Sat- urday’ to going all in and creating a diverse packaging company. “Jerry wears his heart on his sleeve and that comes through strongly in this episode. I feel so privileged to sit in on these sessions,” said Mike D’Angelo, President of AICC. Subscribe to Breaking Down Boxes on all major pod- cast platforms or visit .

WestRock Breaks Ground On $97M Expansion In LA .

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Atlanta, Georgia based WestRock has broken ground on a $97 million expansion at its paper mill in Hodge, Louisiana. The paper mill has been a major employer in Jackson Par- ish for 90 years. “WestRock’s latest investment in this facility is an in- vestment in the workers of north Louisiana and the rural revitalization of our state,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards at a groundbreaking ceremony attended by company exec- utives and state, regional and local government and busi- ness leaders. “These critical upgrades ensure the long- term viability of a facility responsible for more than 450 direct jobs and hundreds more indirect jobs in Jackson Parish.”

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