Last week marked a transformative milestone as proud team members, government officials, community members and customers gathered to commemorate the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the expansion of a new woodyard at the WestRock Mill in Hodge.
During the celebration, WestRock leadership underscored that this milestone not only signifies an investment in operational efficiency and excellence, but also reflects a commitment to the community, its dedicated team members, and their families.
“What truly sets Hodge apart is the people,” said Tom Stigers, president, Mill Operations. “The success we celebrate today wouldn’t be possible without the contribution and hard work of each individual here.”
The woodyard proudly bears the name “The Ballew Yard”, a heartfelt tribute honoring the late Mike Ballew, former Mills Senior Vice President and Hodge General Manager, whose leadership and dedication was critical to the mill’s success.
“[Mike] gave of himself, showed servant leadership and unwavering dedication, but most importantly, cared for his team like they were family members,” said Tom.
“The dedication ceremony was a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved, and I am very proud of the team here for their excellent execution. This was the perfect way to honor Mike Ballew and his family. Mike was very important to the Hodge Mill and surrounding communities, and we
are grateful that we were able to honor him in this way. This new facility will serve as a symbol of our commitment to the community and our mission to make a positive impact on the local economy for many years to come,” said Eric Taylor, General Manager, Hodge.