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Irving Consumer Products to use integrated power systems from Rockwell Automation in new Georgia plant.

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin—Irving Consumer Products, a Canadian-based manufacturer of household and store-brand paper and personal care products, recently broke ground on a new, US$400 million state-of-the-art tissue production plant in Macon, Georgia.

The new plant will produce ultra-premium quality household paper products including soft bath tissue and high quality paper towel that is both strong and absorbent.

Multiple production lines are planned for this plant, the first of which will have Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 7000 and PowerFlex 755T integrated power systems from Rockwell Automation Inc.

The integrated system will help control speed, torque, direction and power to the motors that run the machines on the production line, as well as aggregate data to manage energy usage.

“The new, fully-integrated motor control system will help to support our company’s focus on managing and maximizing our energy usage, reducing environmental impacts and achieving our vision of having an Irving consumer product in every North American household by 2020. We are confident that working with Rockwell Automation will help to make this and future projects a success,” states David Dennis, vice president of manufacturing, Irving Consumer Products.

“We take pride in our long-standing business relationship with Irving Consumer Products and look forward to helping them with this connected enterprise implementation for their new plant,” states Mike Laszkiewicz, vice-president and general manager, power control business, Rockwell Automation.

The scope of the project also includes low- and medium-voltage motors as well as a complete portfolio of integral services and support throughout the duration of the project, which is expected to be complete in 2019.

About Irving Consumer Products
Irving Consumer Products is one of North America’s leading manufacturers of household paper and baby diaper products. Irving Consumer Products companies include Irving Tissue and Irving Personal Care. Irving Tissue produces premium household store brand paper products for many of North America’s top retailers, in addition to some of the top-selling tissue brands in the marketplace. Irving Personal Care is the only manufacturer of baby diapers and training pants in Canada. Using state-of-the-art equipment and technology, they produce premium quality private label products for major North American customers. Learn more at

About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation Inc., the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries. Company information available at


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