WestRock CP, LLC manufactures paperboard and paper-based packaging in North America. It offers corrugated containers that are used to transport various products, including home appliances, electric motors, small machinery, grocery products, produce, books, and furniture; and manufactures retail ready, point of purchase displays, and a line of specialty products, including pizza boxes and corrugated clamshells for the food industry, as well as Cordeck recyclable pallets and custom die-cut boxes to display packaged merchandise. The company also produces a line of containerboard, which is used primarily in the production of corrugated packaging; market pulp, kraft paper, solid bleached liner, a...
Six City Place Drive
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Founded in 1926
RockTenn CP, LLC, Rock-Tenn Converting Company and MeadWestvaco Virginia Corporation Enter into Credit Agreement
Jul 2 15
On July 1, 2015, RockTenn CP, LLC, Rock-Tenn Converting Company and MeadWestvaco Virginia Corporation as borrowers, entered into a credit agreement (the Farm Loan Credit Agreement) with CoBank ACB (CoBank), as administrative agent. The Farm Loan Credit Agreement provides for a seven-year senior unsecured term loan in an aggregate principal amount of $600,000,000 (the Farm Credit Facility). The proceeds from the Farm Credit Facility will be used by the borrowers under the facility to finance (or refinance) investments made by the borrowers that satisfy both of the following criteria: such investments are (or were) made in order to allow existing mills to utilize waste and waste product (including mixed paper post-consumer materials and old corrugated containers) as inputs for their operations or generate electric power from renewable energy sources (namely, energy conversion systems fueled by biomass) and to use the renewable power generated by the mills for their operations and such investments are (or were) made in mills that are located in rural areas with populations of no more than 20,000. The Farm Credit Facility is unsecured and, as of July 1, 2015, is guaranteed by the company, WestRock and RockTenn.
RockTenn CP, LLC Pays $20,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit
Aug 29 14
RockTenn CP, LLC (Smurfit-Stone) will pay $20,000 and furnish other relief to resolve a discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to the EEOC's complaint filed on June 27, 2013, Darren Fraley was hired by Smurfit-Stone as a third shift production supervisor on August 25, 2008. In February 2009, Fraley was hospitalized with a severe back condition. On February 17, 2009, Fraley informed Smurfit-Stone's senior human resources clerk that he had been hospitalized, was under a doctor's care and would require back surgery. Because of his short tenure at the company, Fraley was not eligible for disability leave. However, Fraley was erroneously placed on short term disability, effective February 2009. From February 2009 through July 2009, Fraley kept the HR clerk informed about his prognosis, condition, and return-to-work status. The EEOC further alleged that on July 29, 2009, the HR clerk contacted Fraley and informed him that he had been mistakenly placed on short term disability for which he was ineligible and that he was being terminated effective August 1, 2009. Fraley objected to the termination and told the HR clerk that he was scheduled to be released to return to work the following week. On August 3, 2009, Fraley's doctor released him to return to work without restrictions, effective August 4, 2009. Smurfit-Stone refused to allow Fraley leave as a reasonable accommodation for his disability for the period from around July 29, 2009 until he was released to return to work around August 4, 2009. Rather, the company discharged Fraley because he could not return to work because of his disability. Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects employees and applicants from discrimination based on their disabilities and requires employers to provide disabled employees with reasonable accommodations. The EEOC filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Florence Division (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. RockTenn CP, LLC f/k/a Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation; Civil Action No. 4:13-CV-01759-BHH) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement. In addition to monetary damages, the one-year consent decree resolving the lawsuit requires RockTenn to, among other things, conduct training on the requirements of the ADA and the interrelationship between the ADA and other types of leave; distribute and maintain its formal, written anti-discrimination policy; and post a copy of its anti-discrimination policy at its facility in Latta, S.C. Defendant must also post an employee notice about the lawsuit at the Latta facility.