Recycled Paper Manufacturer to Add 42 Jobs in Burke County

Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company, North Carolina’s largest recycled paper producer, will open a new plant in Burke County, creating 42 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced earlier this month. The company plans to invest approximately $14 million in its new plant in Morganton, North Carolina and begin operations in the second quarter of 2019.

This new facility will produce more than 1 billion square feet per year of corrugated sheets for sale to corrugated box makers.

Said Governor Cooper:

“Jackson Paper is already a strong member of the community in western North Carolina with its Sylva paper mill and headquarters. This expansion into Burke County is evidence of the company’s commitment to our state and western North Carolina’s ability to deliver the talented workers, infrastructure and climate manufacturers need to succeed.”

Jackson Paper manufactures 100 percent recycled corrugated medium at its Sylva, North Carolina (Jackson County) location. Corrugated medium is used in the production of corrugated sheets. Headquartered in Sylva, Jackson paper supplies paper to corrugated box makers throughout the United States.

The company is committed to protecting the natural environment it calls home in western North Carolina.

Said Tim Campbell, CEO of Jackson Paper Manufacturing:

“We are extremely excited about expanding our corrugated sheets business into the Morganton area. We greatly appreciate all the efforts of the Governor as well as the state and local governments in helping to facilitate this project and we look forward to a great future in the area.”

Said NC Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland:

“Jackson Paper has first-hand knowledge of the advantages North Carolina offers a manufacturer, including a highly skilled workforce and opportunities for training and pipeline development, project-ready industrial sites and strong infrastructure.”

NC Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of NC were instrumental in supporting the company’s expansion decision.

Salaries will vary by position. Once all positions are filled, the total annual payroll impact will be more than $1.8 million. Average wages for the project are expected to be above the Burke County average wage of $34,954.

A performance-based grant of $100,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Jackson Paper’s project in Burke County.  The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.

In addition to North Carolina Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, the Golden LEAF Foundation, Burke County, the City of Morganton and Burke Development, Inc.

Jackson Paper is certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® and has been since 2009. Not only do they recycle over 100,000 tons of cardboard each year, they use a closed-loop system to ensure no discharge of waste into North Carolina’s waters. See more at


Source: Ford Porter, NC Office of the Governor

Ed. Note: Emphasis/information added.

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