RockTenn closing Knoxville box plant

Packaging manufacturer RockTenn is closing its corrugated box plant in Knoxville, a company official confirmed today.

Thirteen salaried and 75 hourly workers will lose their jobs. The plant will cease all operations by the end of August, said Robin Keegan, director, corporate communications.

The closure is “an economic decision based on plant capacity,” Keegan said.

RockTenn, based in Norcross, Ga., recently purchased Mid South Packaging LLC, a specialty corrugated packaging manufacturer with operations in Cullman, Ala., and Olive Branch, Miss.

Employees at the Knoxville plant were notified of the closure this week.

The plant is at 4512 Anderson Road in northeast Knoxville. RockTenn acquired the plant in January 2011 when it bought competitor Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. for $3.5 billion in cash and stock.

RockTenn also operates several other Tennessee plants, including a recycling plant on Proctor Road west of downtown Knoxville. The recylcing plant will remain open, Keegan said.