New Rockdale manufacturer ready to start production

The owner of Corrugated Supplies Company said location and the prospect of new customers were the the two factors for him to expand to Rockdale County.

John Potocsnak, owner and CEO of Illinois-based manufacturer Corrugated Supplies, was in Conyers Wednesday for a called meeting of the Development Authority of Rockdale County. The Development Authority voted to approve a bond issuance of $9.36 million to finance Corrugated Supplies' start up in 444,000 square feet in the former distribution center for Solo Cup on Ga. Highway 138.

Potocsnak joked with authority members he's already spent the money the company is anixious to begin production. The Conyers plant will corrugated sheets that consist of a top and bottom layer of heavy paper holding a middle layer of ridged paper. The sheets are then sold to companies that convert them into boxes and merchandise displays.

Potocsnak said he expects the Conyers plant to start operations in two weeks. The company has hired about 40 so far, who have been training in CSC's Cullman, Ala. facility. He is optimistic his company will perform well in the Atlanta area despite the state of the economy.

“We're excited, nervous, of course.,” he said. “Anytime you put in that kind of investment into an area, and you guys know that the economy is what the economy is, you're fearful, sure. You're crazy not to be. But we've take all of the necessary steps we could, and we're in a strong position to move forward.”

Potocsnak said the proximity to Pratt Industries' Visy Plant was the first primary reason to locate to Conyers. Corrugated Supplies will be able to purchase paper from Pratt while the metro Atlanta area offers new opportunities.

“I thought, what a great fit, you know,” he said. “Freight-wise, we've eliminated that and locgistically, you're well located for us to gain access to other areas. It's a good fit, it really is.”

Corrugated Supplies has a goal to hire 55 people in its first phase at the Conyers facility. As the business grows the company is positioning itself to add another 60 employees next year, “if everything keeps going like it's going,” Potocsnak told the Development Authority members.

The bond issuance is also the first of three phases totalling $28 million as Corrugated Supplies grows. The company has the option for another $10 million in bonds for additional equipment. Another $8 million in bonds is available in case the company sees opportunity for growth.