Roxul plant opens in Marshall County

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MARSHALL COUNTY, Miss. -- The Roxul company opened its first manufacturing plant in the United States Wednesday, and the plant manager says he’s already looking at expansion.

The high-tech plant's opening ceremony in Marshall County kicked off with all the excitement of a pep rally. It made for a fitting start for the new Roxul plant that makes almost indestructible insulation.

”Stonewall insulation made of rocks. Doesn’t melt, fire resistant, sound resistant, doesn’t absorb water,” Roxul President Trent Ogilvie said.

This huge 600,000 square foot plant remains in the shakedown phase, but it’s already employed more than 130 people.

”We have one factory manager here from Europe, who knows the technology. Otherwise everybody’s hired locally,” Ogilvie said.

And these are high tech jobs Mississippi’s governor says will help him continue to transform this state to a high-tech hub.

”I can tell you this is the beginning of a new Marshall County. This will expand as DeSoto County has grown and expanded. You’ll see more of an industrial base,” Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said.

Bryant says Mississippi’s economic successes have become the envy of the South.

"I was with the Governor of Tennessee recently and he was lamenting the fact that we were doing very well at bringing advanced manufacturing to our state, some of which had looked to Tennessee," he said.

In fact, Bryant says Mississippi now ranks in the top five in advanced manufacturing in the country, and numbers one through four need to watch their backs.