Mercury Paper Inc. clearly likes Shenandoah County. The paper towel and tissue products manufacturer has decided to invest $21.2 million to expand its plant at the North Shenandoah Industrial Park near Strasburg and also to move its North American headquarters to the site.
The decision will result in 150 new jobs — good timing, as Shenandoah County is grappling with a 9.6 percent unemployment rate. The company’s current North American headquarters is in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., near Los Angeles.
Mercury Paper is a subsidiary of Shanghai-based Sinar Mas Group, one of the world’s leading pulp and paper companies.
“We are obviously very excited that Mercury Paper decided to settle in Shenandoah County,” says Susie Hill, the county’s director of economic development. “Their presence is going to positively impact not just the local work force but the regional work force as well.”
Hill notes that Mercury Paper has already shown itself to be a good corporate citizen. “I’ve seen from Day 1 their preference to use local suppliers whenever they can and that has certainly been — and will continue to be — a boost to our business community,” she says.
Philip Rundle, CEO of Mercury Paper, says the company chose to locate in the North Shenandoah Industrial Park primarily because of its close proximity to the Virginia Inland Port. He also attributed the decision to the area’s relatively low operating costs, pro-business environment and skilled work force.
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