RockTenn will be spending about $4 million to improve its Conway facility, it was announced Tuesday.

RockTenn’s Conway operation, which employes 289 people, will be upgraded to handle a projected 90,000 tons of paperboard products per year — up 20,000 tons per year from its current capacity.

Conway facility general manager Gary Adreon said Tuesday that if this increased capacity results in the projected revenue increase, he could conservatively estimate that eight to 12 new jobs could be created.

The Conway City Council voted Tuesday night on a resolution honoring the city’s part of a state-and-local sales tax rebate incentive helping fund the round of improvements, and Mayor Tab Townsell said before the meeting that RockTenn’s investment in the Conway facility was a vote of confidence in the community.

"RockTenn has a long history in Conway and we are pleased to see this expansion," Townsell said.

 Conway Development Corp. Chairman Bill Adkisson stated in a news release, "It is great news for the local manufacturing community."

The RockTenn Conway facility is part of RockTenn’s Consumer Packaging segment, according to the news release, which also states that RockTenn is one of the largest manufacturers of folding cartons in North America measured by net sales, which totalled $1.5 billion in 2009.

The Conway facility has been in operation since 1973, according to the release and was purchased by RockTenn from Clevepak Corporation in 1974 — one of RockTenn’s first purchases after the 1973 merger that combined Rock City Box Company with supplier Tennessee Paper Mills, resulting in the name RockTenn.   

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