Ox Industries shuts down production in W.Va.

Hanover-based Ox Industries – a manufacturer of 100% recycled paperboard, specialty papers, paper tubes and cores, and protective packaging – has halted production at its plant in Halltown, West Virginia.

Dennis Jarvis II, executive director of the Jefferson County Development Authority, confirmed that Ox Industries stopped production Nov. 18 at the facility, which was significantly damaged by fire in June.

About 60 to 70 employees work at the paperboard mill, he estimated. The accounting staff and a small team to manage the building remain, Jarvis said.

A rapid response team jumped in this past Monday to help displaced workers, he said.

Some former Ox Industries employees have also been hired by the TeMa North America plant in Kearneysville, West Virginia, Jarvis said.

TeMa produces insulation and drainage systems for residential, commercial and industrial uses such as erosion control, soil reinforcement, aqua control and green roofs. In November, Ox Industries announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase two uncoated recycled paperboard mills in Aurora, Illinois, and Eaton, Indiana, from WestRock Co., which is headquartered in Atlanta. Last spring, the company also reported that it was expanding its operations in Hanover by acquiring a 150,000-square-foot building.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer