Sofidel America Corp. Selects Hattiesburg, MS for New Production Facility


November 5, 2015

 

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Sofidel America Corp. Selects Hattiesburg, MS for New Production Facility

HATTIEBSURG, MS – Greater Hattiesburg is soon to become home to another leading international manufacturing company with the addition of Sofidel America.  Sofidel is a privately held paper products producer and converter headquartered in the Tuscany region within close proximity to Florence, Italy.  The North American Division of the company, Sofidel America, is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, and operates production facilities in Haines City, FL, Green Bay, WI, Henderson, NV, and Tulsa, OK.  Sofidel is the 2nd largest paper producer in Europe and the 6th largest paper producer in the world, with reported 2014 annual revenues over $2 billion.

Plans were recently announced for Sofidel to acquire the newly constructed 400,000 sq. ft. Green Bay Converting (GBC) building in the Hattiesburg-Forrest County Industrial Park.  GBC opted to remain in its current Hattiesburg facility, making way for Sofidel to locate here as well.

Sofidel America will begin moving into their Hattiesburg facility in November and will ramp up production in early 2016.  Sofidel America plans to invest up to $120 million in the local facility over the next five years, while hiring between 230-260 employees.

Mayor Johnny DuPree, City of Hattiesburg, stated “Having a global manufacturer choose Hattiesburg is an honor and will create quality jobs for years to come.  We welcome Sofidel as our newest corporate citizen and look forward to a longstanding relationship.”

David Hogan, President, Forrest County Board of Supervisors, commented “We are very excited to have Sofidel locate a world-class manufacturing facility in Forrest County.  This is a family owned company based in Italy and I’m confident the company will be a great fit here.”

According to Tony Curtis, CEO, Sofidel America Corp., “A location in Greater Hattiesburg made sense due to quality available real estate being ready for immediate occupancy, the pro-business environment found here, and the skilled workforce available to operate an advanced manufacturing facility.  Certainly proximity to our customer base was another key consideration.”

Sofidel is a global leader in the field of sanitary and domestic paper production.  Founded in 1966, the company operates in 13 countries across Europe and the USA – with 5,500 employees in 29 production facilities generating annual revenue exceeding $2 billion.  Sofidel is very focused on environmental sustainability, including membership in the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and a sundry of other sustainability organizations.  The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the respect of forest resources and energy use and the reduction of water consumption are all pillars of performance in Sofidel’s production processes.

Sofidel America will begin its initial hiring phase within the next 30 days and is currently seeking talented employees who are interested in joining the innovative company as it initiates the startup of its Hattiesburg facility.  Interested applicants should visit the WIN Job Center located at 1911 Arcadia Street in Hattiesburg or contact the center by phone at (601) 584-1202.  Applicants can also review available job postings online by clicking on “Find a Job Now” at http://mdes.ms.gov/win-job-centers/hattiesburg-win-job-center/.