® Expands Operations
In 2016, ROCKFON® an affiliate of ROXUL® Inc. broke ground on their first USA acoustic ceiling panel manufacturing facility in Marshall County.
The new ROCKFON facility will be adjacent to the current ROXUL USA factory. The Mississippi facility will be ROCKFON's fifth manufacturing facility in the world, extending global capacity and meeting the growing demand for ROCKFON ceiling panels in North America. The existing ROXUL site employs 130 workers and manufactures a full line of residential, commercial and industrial stone wool insulation products.
ROXUL makes high-quality insulation products to help save energy, reduce noise and prevent the spread of fire for a broad range of building and industrial uses. The new facility is projected to create 90 new jobs. ROCKFON is collaborating with state leaders to ensure that the new site meets or exceeds environmental standards.
ROCKFON is the leading supplier of stone wool acoustic solutions, a subsidiary of Denmark-based ROCKWOOL® International A/S. and affiliate of ROXUL Inc. with North American headquarters in Ontario, Canada.
On the Right Track
Canadian National Railway (CN), Canada's largest freight railroad, is a key player in the strong Mississippi-Canada relationship. CN's continent-wide transportation network supports the exchange of $3.1 billion in Canada-Mississippi goods while supplying just-in-time inventories to companies that operated on both sides of the border. CN employs more than 500 staff in Mississippi.
CN operates nearly 600 miles of track used for freight and passenger traffic in the state along with two strategic intermodal terminals in Gulfport and Jackson. In recent years, the company has made capital investments of more than $60 million to maintain and upgrade its Mississippi facilities.
CN continues to expand its U.S. rail network and intermodal operations facilitating the transport of goods from Canadian ports in Halifax, Prince Rupert and Vancouver to customers in the U.S. Southeast and Midwest regions via CN Rail's extensive Memphis, Tennessee rail operations.
- Mississippi exports to Canada: $2.2 billion
- Mississippi imports from Canada: $909 million
- Bilateral trade: $3.1 billion
- Mississippi services exports to Canada: $230 million
- Mississippi visits by Canadians: 66,400
- Mississippi vacation spending by Canadians: $11 million
Mississippi’s top goods exports to Canada
- Automobiles: $472 million
- Trucks: $262 million
- Furniture & bedding: $102 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $85 million
- Computers: $83 million
Mississippi’s top goods imports from Canada
- Engines & turbines: $65 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $65 million
- Pharmaceutical products: $54 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $45 million
- Compressors & pumps: $36 million
Mississippi exports to Canada by industry
- Equipment & machinery (40%)
- Transportation (35%)
- Minerals & metals (4%)
- Agriculture (4%)
- Chemicals (4%)
- Plastics & rubbers (3%)
- Other (9%)
Mississippi imports from Canada by industry
- Equipment & machinery (33%)
- Minerals & metals (11%)
- Transportation (11%)
- Chemicals (7%)
- Energy (7%)
- Agriculture (6%)
- Other (25%)
- 65,900 Mississippi jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada
Mississippi top services exports to Canada
- Business, professional & technical services: $29 million
- Royalties: $14 million
- Financial services: $4 million
- Insurance: $3 million
- Telecommunications: $2 million
- 65,900 jobs in Mississippi depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
- Canada is Mississippi’s #1 customer
- Total Canada–Mississippi goods trade: $3.1 billion
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For more information on Mississippi’s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Atlanta.
Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2016 data in U.S. dollars. Statistics Canada: 2014 tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (8/2016 release, US$1.00=C$1.1045). U.S. Census Bureau: goods trade, Canada’s export ranking (2/2017 release). U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: goods and services trade (3/2016 release). Trade Partnership: 2015 services trade (1/2017 release). Job numbers are from a study commissioned by the Government of Canada (11/2014 release, 2013 data). Figures may not add up due to rounding. Produced by the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.
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