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Aug 27, 2015

WestRock Partners with Junior Achievement of Georgia to Launch Simulation Center to Enhance Gwinnett Students’ Career Readiness Skills

NORCROSS, Ga. – Aug. 27, 2015 – WestRock Company today announced its partnership with Junior Achievement (JA) of Georgia, and its efforts to provide a dynamic learning experience designed to enhance Gwinnett students’ financial literacy and build skills for personal and professional success. WestRock will support the development and implementation of JA BizTown®, one of two interactive venues within the JA Discovery Center at Gwinnett. The center will open in September 2015 in time for the 2015-2016 school year and will serve more than 25,000 sixth and eighth grade students.

The experience begins with 18 in-class lessons of JA provided curriculum, then culminates with a day at JA BizTown presented by Cisco. The simulation creates an opportunity for students to experience an interactive economy and take on the role of employee, tax payer and consumer. During the visit to JA BizTown presented by Cisco students receive job assignments and work in teams at their assigned business. By the end of the simulation each student completes a day’s work, develops a personal budget and makes purchasing decisions.

“We are honored to support Junior Achievement in this innovative outreach to the youth of the Gwinnett community,” said Steve Voorhees, chief executive officer of WestRock. “RockTenn and MWV have both long been committed to JA, and we look forward to continuing our support as WestRock. We believe leadership and career readiness begins at an early age, and we’re proud to be a part of bringing this opportunity to local students.”

The interactive simulation provides sixth grade students the opportunity to not only learn about finances and careers, but to transform into adults for one day, becoming the sole decision maker and taking ownership of their professional success.

“Today there is an increasing issue with businesses finding qualified entry-level employees. By giving students the opportunity to participate in a hands-on business simulation we are providing them with not only a frame of reference as to what it means to be an employee, but also giving them a glimpse into what their future can entail if they work hard to achieve their dream,” said Jack Harris, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Georgia. “Thanks to partnerships with the corporate community and local school system, JA is primed to provide the curriculum, tools and experiential facility to prepare more students to excel at the business of life.”

Georgia’s first JA BizTown opened in August 2013 at Junior Achievement’s Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center. Since then thousands have benefited from the program. JA and its partners are proud to bring this program to the students of Gwinnett County. To find out more about JA BizTown visit georgia.ja.org.

We will be at the Grand Opening of the JA Discovery Center at Gwinnett on Aug. 27, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1333 Old Norcross Road, Lawrenceville, Ga. 30046.

About Junior Achievement of Georgia
Junior Achievement (JA) of Georgia is dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make educated academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences to students from kindergarten through high school. JA of Georgia offers multiple programs, including in-class programs, JA BizTown, JA Finance Park, JA Fellows and JA-MBA, all of which focus on entrepreneurship, personal financial literacy and workforce readiness.  During the 2014/2015 school year, JA of Georgia served more than 168,000 students statewide through five district offices located in Atlanta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville and Savannah.  For more information, visit www.georgia.ja.org.

About WestRock
WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK) aspires to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. WestRock’s 42,000 team members support customers around the world from approximately 275 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at westrock.com.

Media Contacts:

WestRock
Tucker McNeil
Director of Corporate Communications
804-444-6397
mediainquiries@westrock.com

Junior Achievement of Georgia
Callie Majors
404-257-4638
cmajors@georgia.ja.org

Aug 12, 2015

WestRock Introduces FlexFit, a Spouted Dispensing Closure for Flexible Pouches

Designed for Use with a Variety of Personal Care, Home and Food Applications

RICHMOND, Va., August 12, 2015 – WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK), one of the world's leading paper and packaging companies, today announced the launch of FlexFit™, a flip-top dispensing closure specifically designed for flexible pouches across personal care, home and food applications. FlexFit is a one-piece closure designed with a “latch-back” cap feature that ensures a clean dispense by keeping the cap away during use. It also comes in a range of orifice sizes and shapes, allowing brands to choose the best fit for their product.  

FlexFit is designed for brands who use or want to move to a flexible pouch and want to provide an improved dispensing experience for their consumers. (View the product demo.)  “The idea behind FlexFit is at the intersection of urbanization and mobility,” said Bill Riley, vice president, Global Innovation, Research & Development and Design at WestRock. “The growing urban population needs solutions that can be refilled and stored in small spaces; and consumers want products that fit into their busy, on-the-go lifestyles. Brand owners are no different. They want solutions that cost less, use less material than rigid bottles, and can be easily shipped. FlexFit delivers on each of these attributes.”

FlexFit is made of high-density polyethylene and is designed to be used in both food applications, such as condiments, flowable powders, sugar, and dehydrated beverages; and non-food applications like laundry and dish detergents (liquid or powder), soap refills, sunscreens and more.

FlexFit is manufactured in the United States, and joins WestRock’s full suite of dispensers and dispensing closures. For more information on WestRock and its product offerings, please visit www.westrock.com.

About WestRock
WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK) aspires to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. WestRock’s 42,000 team members support customers around the world from about 275 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at www.westrock.com

Investor Relations Contacts:
John Stakel 
Senior Vice President, Treasurer 
+1-678-291-7901 
 john.stakel@westrock.com

Jason Thompson
Director, Investor Relations
+1-804-444-2556
jason.thompson@mwv.com

Media Contact:
Jennifer McMahon
Manager, Marketing Communications – Home, Health & Beauty
+1-804-444-7925
jennifer.mcmahon@westrock.com

Aug 11, 2015

WestRock Announces Acquisition of SP Fiber Holdings, Inc.

NORCROSS, Ga., – August 11, 2015 WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SP Fiber Holdings, Inc. (“SP Fiber”), a producer of recycled containerboard and kraft and bag paper with mills located in Dublin, Georgia, and Newberg, Oregon. WestRock will also acquire SP Fiber’s 48 percent interest in Green Power Solutions of Georgia, LLC (GPS). GPS is a renewable energy joint venture providing energy to Georgia Power and steam to the paper mill in Dublin. The total value of this transaction is $288.5 million.

“The Dublin and Newberg mills will balance the fiber mix of our mill system and the addition of kraft and bag paper will diversify our product offering,” said Steve Voorhees, chief executive officer of WestRock. “We expect to apply our operating capabilities to improve the cost structure of both mills. As a result, our mill system will be better positioned to serve the increasing demand for lighter weight containerboard and kraft paper.”

SP Fiber produces containerboard and kraft and bag paper for end use in consumer and corrugated packaging. Made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled fiber, these products have earned FSC, SFI and PEFC certifications.  

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to supply the food service market with lighter weight paper for recycled, unbleached bags. Adding this modern recycled containerboard and kraft paper production provides us with efficiencies in our mill system that will enable us to more effectively serve our customers,” said Jim Porter, president, Paper Solutions, WestRock.

The transaction is expected to generate significant synergies and be accretive to earnings in the second half of fiscal year 2016. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and will close after the regulatory process has concluded.

About WestRock
WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK) aspires to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. WestRock’s 42,000 team members support customers around the world from approximately 275 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at westrock.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, beliefs, plans or forecasts and are typically identified by words or phrases such as "may," "will," "could," "should," "would," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "target," "prospects," "potential" and "forecast," and other words, terms and phrases of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. WestRock cautions readers that a forward-looking statement is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statement. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding, among other things, our expectation that we will apply our operating capabilities to improve the cost structure of the mills; the statements that, as a result of the transaction, we will be better positioned to serve the increasing demand for lighter weight containerboard and kraft paper and that the addition of this modern recycled containerboard production and kraft paper production will enable us to more effectively serve our customers; and that the transaction will close after the regulatory process has concluded and is expected to generate significant synergies and be accretive to earnings in the second half of fiscal year 2016. With respect to these statements, WestRock has made assumptions regarding, among other things, whether and when we will receive the necessary regulatory approval of the transaction; economic, competitive and market conditions generally; volumes and price levels of purchases by customers; competitive conditions in WestRock's businesses and possible adverse actions of their customers, competitors and suppliers. Further, WestRock's businesses are subject to a number of general risks that would affect any such forward-looking statements including, among others, decreases in demand for their products; increases in energy, raw materials, shipping and capital equipment costs; reduced supply of raw materials; fluctuations in selling prices and volumes; intense competition; the potential loss of certain customers; the scope, costs, timing and impact of any restructuring of our operations and corporate and tax structure; the occurrence of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, winter or tropical storm, earthquake, tornado, flood, fire, or other unanticipated problems such as labor difficulties, equipment failure or unscheduled maintenance and repair, which could result in operational disruptions of varied duration; our desire or ability to continue to repurchase company stock; and adverse changes in general market and industry conditions. Such risks and other factors that may impact management's assumptions are more particularly described in RockTenn 's and MeadWestvaco's past filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the caption "Business – Forward-Looking Information" and "Risk Factors" in RockTenn's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014 and "Management's discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations – Forward-looking Statements" and "Risk factors" in MeadWestvaco's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. These risks, as well as other risks associated with RockTenn, MeadWestvaco and WestRock are also more fully discussed under the caption "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in the Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed by WestRock on March 10, 2015 (which registration statement was amended on April 20, 2015, May 6, 2015, and May 18, 2015, and was declared effective on May 19, 2015). The information contained herein speaks as of the date hereof and WestRock does not have or undertake any obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Investor Contacts:
John Stakel
Senior Vice President, Treasurer
678-291-7901
john.stakel@westrock.com

Jason Thompson
Director, Investor Relations
804-444-2556
jason.thompson@westrock.com

Media Contact:
Sarah Hogeboom
Manager, Corporate Communications
804-444-6397
mediainquiries@westrock.com

Aug 4, 2015

WestRock Announces Chief Executive Officer of Ingevity

NORCROSS, Ga., – August 4, 2015 WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK) today announced that D. Michael Wilson will be the chief executive officer of the company’s specialty chemicals business that is expected to become a publicly traded company, Ingevity, early next year as a result of a spin-off from WestRock. He will join the company on September 1, 2015.

“Michael Wilson brings breadth and depth of specialty chemicals experience to Ingevity,” said Steve Voorhees, chief executive officer of WestRock. “His exceptional leadership skills and outstanding track record of delivering results will serve Ingevity and its stockholders well.”

Michael comes to Ingevity from Albemarle Corporation where he most recently served as executive vice president leading Albemarle’s Performance Chemicals business. Prior to that, Michael led Albemarle’s Catalyst Solutions business and held a variety of business unit leadership roles at FMC, Wausau Papers and Rexam. He holds a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina and a master of business administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.
  
About WestRock

WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK) aspires to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. WestRock’s 42,000 team members support customers around the world from approximately 275 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at westrock.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “target,” “prospects,” “potential” and “forecast,” and other words, terms and phrases of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. WestRock cautions readers that a forward-looking statement is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statement. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the expectation that the spin-off of the specialty chemicals business will be completed early next year. With respect to these statements, WestRock has made assumptions regarding, among other things, whether and when the spin-off of WestRock’s specialty chemicals business will occur; economic, competitive and market conditions generally; volumes and price levels of purchases by customers; competitive conditions in WestRock’s businesses and possible adverse actions of their customers, competitors and suppliers. Further, WestRock’s businesses are subject to a number of general risks that would affect any such forward-looking statements including, among others, decreases in demand for their products; increases in energy, raw materials, shipping and capital equipment costs; reduced supply of raw materials; fluctuations in selling prices and volumes; intense competition; the potential loss of certain customers; the scope, costs, timing and impact of any restructuring of our operations and corporate and tax structure; and adverse changes in general market and industry conditions. Such risks and other factors that may impact management’s assumptions are more particularly described in Rock-Tenn Company’s and MeadWestvaco Corporation’s past filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the caption “Business – Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” in RockTenn’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014 and “Management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations – Forward-looking Statements” and “Risk factors” in MeadWestvaco’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. These risks, as well as other risks associated with RockTenn, MeadWestvaco and WestRock are also more fully discussed under the caption “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in the Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed by WestRock on March 10, 2015 (which registration statement was amended on April 20, 2015, May 6, 2015, and May 18, 2015, and was declared effective on May 19, 2015).  The information contained herein speaks as of the date hereof and WestRock does not have or undertake any obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 

 Investor Contacts:
John Stakel
Senior Vice President, Treasurer
678-291-7901
john.stakel@westrock.com

Jason Thompson
Director, Investor Relations
804-444-2556
jason.thompson@westrock.com

Media Contact:
Sarah Hogeboom
Manager, Corporate Communications
804-444-6397

mediainquiries@westrock.com

Jul 29, 2015

WestRock Reports Strong Fiscal 2015 Third Quarter

NORCROSS, Ga., July 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WestRock Company (WestRock) (NYSE:WRK) today announced results for its fiscal third quarter, which ended June 30, 2015. On July 1, 2015, Rock-Tenn Company (RockTenn) and MeadWestvaco Corporation (MeadWestvaco) completed a strategic combination of their respective businesses. After completion of this transaction, RockTenn and MeadWestvaco became wholly owned subsidiaries of WestRock. In this release, the Company has presented selected financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, for RockTenn and MeadWestvaco and has shown combined results for certain metrics.

Click here to download the full release.

Jul 15, 2015

Ingevity Announced as Name of MWV Specialty Chemicals Division

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., July 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ingevity will be the new name of MWV Specialty Chemicals division of WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK). It will begin transacting business as Ingevity on September 1. As previously announced, the business is slated to be spun off as an independent, publicly-traded company around the end of the year.

"Ingevity is a unique expression of our purpose – to turn our customers' complex challenges into powerful possibilities," said Ed Rose, president, MWV Specialty Chemicals. "The name speaks to our longstanding record of success and commitment to serving our customers through innovative products, processes and services. Our announcement is the first step in a comprehensive plan to launch our brand, and define our future as a separate and independent company that will be better positioned to profitably grow in our targeted markets."

The Specialty Chemicals division develops and delivers high performance chemicals and materials that make a real difference in the real world – enabling oil to flow better, colors to shine brighter, roads to last longer and air to breathe cleaner. With a history of innovation spanning over 100 years, the division generates industry leading returns by exceeding the performance expectations of its customers across the mega-trend aligned markets of energy, infrastructure and transportation.

The separation is expected to be executed by means of a tax-free spinoff of the Specialty Chemicals business to shareholders of WestRock Company, resulting in two independent, publicly traded companies.The spinoff is expected to be completed around the end of the calendar year, subject to customary conditions. There can be no assurance regarding the ultimate timing of the spinoff or that it will be completed.

About WestRock

WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) aspires to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. WestRock's 42,000 team members support customers around the world from approximately 275 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at westrock.com.

Media Contact:

Stephanie Mangini
Director, Specialty Chemicals Division Communications
Tel: 843-740-2166
stephanie.mangini@mwv.com

Investors:

John Stakel
Senior Vice President and Treasurer
Tel: 678-291-7901
john.stakel@westrock.com

Jason Thompson
Director, Investor Relations
Tel: 804-444-2556
jason.thompson@westrock.com

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "may," "will," "could," "should," "would," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "target," "prospects," "potential" and "forecast," and other words, terms and phrases of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. WestRock cautions readers that a forward-looking statement is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statement. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the expectation that the spinoff of the Specialty Chemicals business will be completed around the end of the year and that the spin-off will be completed on a tax-free basis; the expectation that Specialty Chemicals will generate industry-leading returns and profitably grow in targeted markets; and that trends will continue in certain end markets including energy, infrastructure and transportation. With respect to these statements, WestRock has made assumptions regarding, among other things, whether and when the spin-off of WestRock's Specialty Chemicals business will occur; economic, competitive and market conditions generally; volumes and price levels of purchases by customers; competitive conditions in WestRock's businesses and possible adverse actions of their customers, competitors and suppliers. Further, WestRock's businesses are subject to a number of general risks that would affect any such forward-looking statements including, among others, decreases in demand for their products; increases in energy, raw materials, shipping and capital equipment costs; reduced supply of raw materials; fluctuations in selling prices and volumes; intense competition; the potential loss of certain customers; the scope, costs, timing and impact of any restructuring of our operations and corporate and tax structure; and adverse changes in general market and industry conditions. Such risks and other factors that may impact management's assumptions are more particularly described in Rock-Tenn Company's and MeadWestvaco Corporation's past filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the caption "Business – Forward-Looking Information" and "Risk Factors" in RockTenn's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014 and "Management's discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations – Forward-looking Statements" and "Risk factors" in MeadWestvaco's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. These risks, as well as other risks associated with RockTenn, MeadWestvaco and WestRock are also more fully discussed under the caption "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in the Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed by WestRock on March 10, 2015 (which registration statement was amended on April 20, 2015, May 6, 2015, and May 18, 2015, and was declared effective on May 19, 2015). The information contained herein speaks as of the date hereof and WestRock does not have or undertake any obligation to update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Jul 1, 2015

WestRock Company Formed with Completion of Merger of MeadWestvaco and RockTenn

NORCROSS, Ga., July 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) today announced that it has begun operations following the completion of the combination of MeadWestvaco Corporation and Rock-Tenn Company.

WestRock is one of the world's largest paper and packaging companies with $15 billion in annual revenue and 42,000 employees in 30 countries. The company aspires to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. It will support customers from approximately 275 operating and business locations around the world, including the most comprehensive substrate offering in the industry and a wide variety of packaging solutions for diverse end markets from food and beverage to personal care and healthcare.

"We are excited about the opportunity we have to win together with our customers, suppliers, shareholders, employees and our communities—all of whom stand to benefit from our expertise in developing and delivering paper and packaging solutions around the world and our determination to exceed customer expectations" said Steve Voorhees, CEO, WestRock Company.

WestRock will report third quarter earnings after the market close on July 29, 2015.

About WestRock

WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) aspires to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. WestRock's 42,000 team members support customers around the world from approximately 275 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at westrock.com.

Investor Contacts:
John Stakel
Senior Vice President, Treasurer
678-291-7901
john.stakel@westrock.com

Jason Thompson
Director, Investor Relations
804-444-2556
jason.thompson@westrock.com

Media Contact:
Tucker McNeil
Director, Corporate Communications
804-444-6397
mediainquiries@westrock.com

Jun 24, 2015

RockTenn Shareholders and MWV Stockholders Approve Combination

NORCROSS, GA and RICHMOND, VA. June 24, 2015—Rock-Tenn Company (RockTenn) (NYSE:RKT) and MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV) (NYSE:MWV) today announced that shareholders of RockTenn and stockholders of MWV overwhelmingly approved the proposed combination of the two packaging companies into WestRock Company (WestRock) at their respective special meetings held earlier today.

At the RockTenn special meeting, more than 97% of the shares voted “FOR” the proposal to approve the business combination agreement, representing approximately 80% of the total shares outstanding as of the record date. At the MWV special meeting, 98% of the shares voted “FOR” the proposal to approve the adoption of the business combination agreement, representing approximately 83% of the total shares outstanding as of the record date. RockTenn shareholders and MWV stockholders also approved the other proposals considered at their respective special meetings.

RockTenn and MWV have now received all necessary approvals and expect the transaction to close on July 1, 2015.  The parties expect that WestRock will begin “regular-way” trading, and RockTenn and MWV will be delisted from the NYSE on July 2, 2015.

About WestRock WestRock Company aspires to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. WestRock’s 42,000 team members will support customers around the world from 275 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. WestRock will trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol WRK.

RockTenn Contacts:
Investor Contact:
John Stakel
Senior Vice President, Treasurer
678-291-7901
jstakel@rocktenn.com

Media Contact:
Robin Keegan
Director, Corporate Communications
770-326-8245
rokeegan@rocktenn.com

MWV Contacts:
Investor Contact:
Jason Thompson
Director, Investor Relations
804-444-2556
jason.thompson@mwv.com

Media Contact:
Tucker McNeil
Director, Corporate Communications
804-444-6397
mediainquiries@mwv.com

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “target,” “prospects,” “potential” and “forecast,” and other words, terms and phrases of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. RockTenn and MWV caution readers that any forward-looking statement is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statement. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the statement that WestRock’s 42,000 team members will support customers around the world from 275 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia and that the transaction is expected to close on July 1, 2015. With respect to these statements, RockTenn and MWV have made assumptions regarding, among other things, whether and when the proposed transaction will close; the results and impacts of the proposed transaction; whether and when the spin-off of MWV’s specialty chemicals business will occur; economic, competitive and market conditions generally; volumes and price levels of purchases by customers; competitive conditions in RockTenn’s and MWV’s businesses and possible adverse actions of their respective customers, competitors and suppliers. Further, RockTenn’s and MWV’s businesses are subject to a number of general risks that would affect any such forward-looking statements including, among others, decreases in demand for their products; increases in energy, raw materials, shipping and capital equipment costs; reduced supply of raw materials; fluctuations in selling prices and volumes; intense competition; the potential loss of certain customers; the scope, costs, timing and impact of any restructuring of our operations and corporate and tax structure; and adverse changes in general market and industry conditions. Such risks and other factors that may impact management’s assumptions are more particularly described in RockTenn’s and MWV’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the caption “Business – Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” in RockTenn’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014 and “Management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations – Forward-looking Statements” and “Risk factors” in MWV’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. The information contained herein speaks as of the date hereof and neither RockTenn nor MWV have or undertake any obligation to update or revise their forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

May 18, 2015

WestRock Announced as Name of Combined MWV/RKT Company Pending Merger

WestRock Company was announced today by MeadWestvaco Corporation (“MWV”) (NYSE: MWV) and Rock-Tenn Company (“RockTenn”) (NYSE: RKT) as the name for the new company when the two packaging leaders complete their previously announced combination. WestRock will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WRK.

“WestRock draws on the strongest elements from each of our legacy names,” said Steve Voorhees, who will be the chief executive officer of WestRock Company. “The name speaks to our determination to build on the long track record of success and growth that has been established by both companies. WestRock’s aspiration is to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of winning paper and packaging solutions for our customers.”

The pending combination between MWV and RockTenn was announced on January 26, 2015. The companies have received antitrust approval in the United States and are awaiting other regulatory and shareholder approvals that are expected in the month of June.

About WestRock

WestRock Company’s (which will trade on the NYSE: WRK) aspiration is to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. WestRock’s 42,000 team members will support customers around the world from more than 300 operating facilities spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

RockTenn Contacts:
Investor Contact:

John Stakel
Senior Vice President, Treasurer
678-291-7901
jstakel@rocktenn.com

Media Contact:

Robin Keegan
Director, Corporate Communications
770-326-8245
rokeegan@rocktenn.com

MWV Contacts:
Investor Contact:

Jason Thompson
Director, Investor Relations
804-444-2556
jason.thompson@mwv.com

Media Contact:

Tucker McNeil
Director, Corporate Communications
804-444-6397
mediainquiries@mwv.com

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “target,” “prospects,” “potential” and “forecast,” and other words, terms and phrases of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. RockTenn and MWV caution readers that any forward-looking statement is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statement. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the ability to obtain regulatory and shareholder approvals and the statement that WestRock’s 42,000 team members will support customers around the world from more than 300 operating facilities spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. With respect to these statements, RockTenn and MWV have made assumptions regarding, among other things, whether and when the proposed transaction will be approved; whether and when the proposed transaction will close; the results and impacts of the proposed transaction; whether and when the spin-off of MWV’s specialty chemicals business will occur; economic, competitive and market conditions generally; volumes and price levels of purchases by customers; competitive conditions in RockTenn’s and MWV’s businesses and possible adverse actions of their respective customers, competitors and suppliers. Further, RockTenn’s and MWV’s businesses are subject to a number of general risks that would affect any such forward-looking statements including, among others, decreases in demand for their products; increases in energy, raw materials, shipping and capital equipment costs; reduced supply of raw materials; fluctuations in selling prices and volumes; intense competition; the potential loss of certain customers; the scope, costs, timing and impact of any restructuring of our operations and corporate and tax structure; and adverse changes in general market and industry conditions. Such risks and other factors that may impact management’s assumptions are more particularly described in RockTenn’s and MWV’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the caption “Business – Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” in RockTenn’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014 and “Management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations – Forward-looking Statements” and “Risk factors” in MWV’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. The information contained herein speaks as of the date hereof and neither RockTenn nor MWV have or undertake any obligation to update or revise their forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

NO OFFER OR SOLICITATION

The information in this communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, subscribe for or buy any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to or in connection with the proposed transactions or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and otherwise in accordance with applicable law.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT

The proposed transaction involving MWV and RockTenn will be submitted to the stockholders of MWV and the shareholders of RockTenn for their consideration. In connection with the proposed transaction, RockTenn has caused a newly formed holding company, WestRock Company (formerly known as Rome-Milan Holdings, Inc.), to file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4, which includes a draft preliminary prospectus with respect to the shares to be issued in the proposed transaction and a preliminary joint proxy statement for the shareholders of MWV and RockTenn (the “Joint Proxy Statement”), and which is expected to be declared “effective” by the SEC at a later date (the “Registration Statement”). Once effective, each of MWV and RockTenn will mail the Joint Proxy Statement in definitive form to their respective stockholders or shareholders, as applicable, and may file other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC. The Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement will contain important information about the proposed transaction and related matters. SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED AND ADVISED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT CAREFULLY AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC AND ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. The Registration Statement, the Joint Proxy Statement and other relevant materials (when they become available) and any other documents filed or furnished by MWV or RockTenn with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement from RockTenn by going to its investor relations page on its corporate website at http://ir.rocktenn.com and from MWV on its corporate website at www.mwv.com.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION

MWV, RockTenn, their respective directors and certain of their executive officers and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about RockTenn’s directors and executive officers is set forth in its definitive proxy statement for its 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on December 19, 2014, and information about MWV’s directors and executive officers is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K/A, which was filed with the SEC on April 20, 2015. These documents are available free of charge from the sources indicated above, from RockTenn by going to its investor relations page on its corporate website at http://ir.rocktenn.com and from MWV on its website at www.mwv.com.

Additional information regarding the interests of participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction will be included in the Registration Statement, the Joint Proxy Statement and other relevant materials RockTenn and MWV intend to file with the SEC.

Mar 20, 2015

MWV and RockTenn Announce Executive Leadership Team for Combined Company

BUSINESSWIRE--March 20, 2015 – MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV) (NYSE: MWV) and Rock-Tenn Company (RockTenn) (NYSE: RKT) announced the executive leadership team for the combined company following the completion of the transaction. As previously announced, Steve Voorhees will serve as the new company’s chief executive officer and John Luke will be non-executive chairman of the board.

“The announcement of our executive leadership team marks an important milestone in the merging of our companies,” said Voorhees, chief executive officer of RockTenn. “I am confident that this is the right team with the right expertise to execute our core strategies to succeed in paper and packaging markets and to create significant value for our shareholders.”

“Together, MWV and RockTenn are creating the premier global packaging company, unrivaled in terms of capabilities, customers and reach,” said Luke, chairman and chief executive officer of MWV. “We have drawn from the best talent of each company to build a leadership team that is unmatched in the industry, with the commercial, operational and financial expertise to drive our business forward and generate substantial shareholder value.”

The executive leadership team announced today includes:

  • Bob Beckler, president, Packaging Solutions
  • Nina Butler, chief sustainability officer
  • Ward Dickson, chief financial officer
  • Pete Durette, chief strategy officer
  • Jennifer Graham-Johnson, chief human resources officer
  • Bob McIntosh, general counsel
  • Jim Porter, president, Paper Solutions
  • Linda Schreiner, chief integration officer

Ed Rose, president, Specialty Chemicals, and Ken Seeger, president, Community Development and Land Management, will continue in their current leadership roles and report to Voorhees.

The transaction remains on track to close in the second calendar quarter of 2015 and is subject to shareholder approvals of both MWV and RockTenn, certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Bob Beckler, president, Packaging Solutions, is currently executive vice president, MWV, and president of packaging. Since joining MWV in 1987, Beckler has held a variety of roles in research, business development and leadership across specialty chemicals, industrial packaging and the company’s core packaging business.

Nina Butler, chief sustainability officer, is currently senior vice president and senior environmental counsel, RockTenn. Butler joined RockTenn in 2011 with the acquisition of Smurfit-Stone, where she served as senior environmental counsel.

Ward Dickson, chief financial officer, is currently executive vice president and chief financial officer, RockTenn. Prior to joining RockTenn in 2013, he served as senior vice president of finance for the global sales and service organization of Cisco Systems.

Pete Durette, chief strategy officer, is currently senior vice president of strategy, MWV, and leader of the Home, Health & Beauty segment. Since joining MWV as vice president and chief strategy officer in 2009, Durette has helped reshape the company’s portfolio, leading many of its major growth initiatives and investments. Prior to joining MWV, Durette was with Textron, Inc. and Marakon Associates.

Jennifer Graham-Johnson, chief human resources officer, is currently executive vice president, human resources, RockTenn. Graham-Johnson joined RockTenn in 1993 in risk management and has since served in a variety of leadership roles for the company, including director of benefits and senior vice president, employee services.

Bob McIntosh, general counsel, is currently executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, RockTenn. He was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary from 2000 to 2008, and vice president and general counsel from 1995 to 1999.

Jim Porter, president, Paper Solutions, is currently in the same role at RockTenn, leading the company’s containerboard, paperboard and pulp mills, as well as the forest resources organization, recycling business and sales of containerboard, paperboard, recycled fiber and pulp. Previously, Porter served as president of corrugated packaging. Porter joined RockTenn in 2008 with the acquisition of Southern Container Corp., where he was president and chief operating officer.

Linda Schreiner, chief integration officer, is currently senior vice president, human resources, communications and the MWV Foundation, MWV. Schreiner oversees organization strategy and development, talent management and total rewards for MWV’s global workforce. Prior to MWV, Schreiner was with Arthur D. Little and Signet Bank.

About RockTenn

RockTenn (NYSE: RKT) is one of North America's leading providers of packaging solutions and manufacturers of containerboard and paperboard. RockTenn's 27,000 employees are committed to exceeding their customers' expectations – every time. The company operates locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Argentina. For more information, visit www.rocktenn.com.

About MWV

MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV) is a global packaging company providing innovative solutions to the world’s most admired brands in the healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, home and garden, tobacco, and agricultural industries. The company also produces specialty chemicals for the automotive, energy, and infrastructure industries and maximizes the value of its development land holdings. MWV’s network of 125 facilities and 15,000 employees spans North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at www.mwv.com.

RockTenn Contacts:
Investor Contact:

John Stakel
Senior Vice President, Treasurer
678-291-7901
jstakel@rocktenn.com

Media Contact:

Robin Keegan
Director, Corporate Communications
770-326-8245
rokeegan@rocktenn.com

MWV Contacts:
Investor Contact:

Jason Thompson
Director, Investor Relations
804-444-2556
jason.thompson@mwv.com

Media Contact:

Tucker McNeil
Director, Corporate Communications
804-444-6397
mediainquiries@mwv.com

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “target,” “prospects,” “potential” and “forecast,” and other words, terms and phrases of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. RockTenn and MWV caution readers that any forward-looking statement is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statement. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the anticipated closing date of the transaction, the ability to obtain regulatory and shareholder approvals and satisfy the other conditions to the closing of the transaction, the successful closing of the transaction and the integration of RockTenn and MWV as well as opportunities for operational improvement including but not limited to cost reduction and capital investment, the value of merging the U.S. pension plans of the companies, the strategic opportunity and perceived value to RockTenn’s shareholders and MWV’s stockholders of the transaction, the transaction’s impact on, among other things, the combined company’s prospective business mix, margins, transitional costs and integration to achieve the synergies and the timing of such costs and synergies and earnings. With respect to these statements, RockTenn and MWV have made assumptions regarding, among other things, whether and when the proposed transaction will be approved; whether and when the proposed transaction will close; the results and impacts of the proposed transaction; whether and when the spin-off of MWV specialty chemicals will occur; economic, competitive and market conditions generally; volumes and price levels of purchases by customers; competitive conditions in RockTenn and MWV’s businesses and possible adverse actions of their respective customers, competitors and suppliers. Further, RockTenn and MWV’s businesses are subject to a number of general risks that would affect any such forward-looking statements including, among others, decreases in demand for their products; increases in energy, raw materials, shipping and capital equipment costs; reduced supply of raw materials; fluctuations in selling prices and volumes; intense competition; the potential loss of certain customers; the scope, costs, timing and impact of any restructuring of our operations and corporate and tax structure; and adverse changes in general market and industry conditions. Such risks and other factors that may impact management’s assumptions are more particularly described in RockTenn’s and MWV’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the caption “Business – Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” in RockTenn’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014 and “Management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations – Forward-looking Statements” and “Risk factors” in MWV’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. The information contained herein speaks as of the date hereof and neither RockTenn nor MWV have or undertake any obligation to update or revise their forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

NO OFFER OR SOLICITATION

The information in this communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, subscribe for or buy any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to or in connection with the proposed transactions or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and otherwise in accordance with applicable law.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT

The proposed transaction involving MWV and RockTenn will be submitted to the respective shareholders of MWV and RockTenn for their consideration. In connection with the proposed transaction, RockTenn has caused a newly formed holding company, Rome-Milan Holdings, Inc. to file with the SEC a preliminary registration statement on Form S-4, which includes a draft preliminary prospectus with respect to the shares to be issued in the proposed transaction and a preliminary joint proxy statement for the shareholders of MWV and RockTenn (the “Joint Proxy Statement”), and which is expected to be declared “effective” by the SEC at a later date (the “Registration Statement”). Once effective, each of MWV and RockTenn will mail the definitive Joint Proxy Statement to their respective shareholders and may file other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC. The Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement will contain important information about the proposed transaction and related matters. SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED AND ADVISED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC AND ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. The Registration Statement, the Joint Proxy Statement and other relevant materials (when they become available) and any other documents filed or furnished by MWV or RockTenn with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement from RockTenn by going to its investor relations page on its corporate website at http://ir.rocktenn.com and from MWV on its corporate website at www.mwv.com.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION

MWV, RockTenn, their respective directors and certain of their executive officers and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about RockTenn’s directors and executive officers is set forth in its definitive proxy statement for its 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on December 19, 2014, and information about MWV’s directors and executive officers is set forth in its definitive proxy statement for its 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 26, 2014. These documents are available free of charge from the sources indicated above, from RockTenn by going to its investor relations page on its corporate website at http://ir.rocktenn.com and from MWV on its website at www.mwv.com.

 

Additional information regarding the interests of participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction will be included in the Registration Statement, the Joint Proxy Statement and other relevant materials RockTenn and MWV intend to file with the SEC.

 

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Jan 26, 2015

MWV and RockTenn Agree to Combination Creating $16 Billion Global Packaging Leader

RICHMOND, Va. & NORCROSS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rock-Tenn Company (“RockTenn”) (NYSE:RKT) and MeadWestvaco Corporation (“MWV”) (NYSE:MWV) today announced that they have entered into a definitive combination agreement to create a leading global provider of consumer and corrugated packaging (“NewCo”) in a transaction with a combined equity value of $16 billion. The combined company, to be named prior to closing, will have combined net sales of $15.7 billion and adjusted EBITDA of $2.9 billion, including the impact of $300 million in estimated annual synergies to be achieved over three years.

Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, MWV stockholders will receive 0.78 shares of NewCo for each share of MWV held. RockTenn shareholders will be entitled to elect to receive either (a) 1.00 shares of NewCo or (b) cash in an amount equal to the volume weighted average price of RockTenn common stock during a five-day period ending three trading days prior to closing for each share of RockTenn held. The cash and stock elections by RockTenn shareholders will be subject to proration such that the resulting ownership of NewCo will be approximately 50.1% by MWV shareholders and 49.9% by RockTenn shareholders, and based on the shares outstanding today, approximately 7% of RockTenn shares will receive cash in lieu of stock. This targeted ownership ratio of NewCo will facilitate the continued favorable tax attributes of the previously announced spin-off of MWV’s specialty chemicals business, which the parties intend to complete after the closing of the business combination.

Steven C. Voorhees, chief executive officer of RockTenn, said, “This transaction brings together two highly complementary organizations to create a new, more powerful company with leadership positions in the global consumer and corrugated packaging markets. This is a terrific opportunity for shareholders, employees and customers of both companies, all of whom stand to benefit enormously from the combination. Importantly, our two companies are also an exceptional cultural fit, sharing a commitment to exceeding customer expectations and a focus on developing innovative packaging solutions. Planning for the integration of these two companies has already started and we expect to expeditiously realize the full value of cost synergies we have identified.”

John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of MWV, said, “We are creating the leading global provider of consumer and corrugated packaging solutions – and generating significant value for both companies’ shareholders. This transaction is a logical step that is borne of our strategic progress and financial success, and it offers MWV shareholders both immediate value and the opportunity to participate in significant upside as the new company generates substantial growth from its market-focused global strategy.”

Mr. Voorhees will serve as chief executive officer and president of the combined company, and Mr. Luke will become non-executive chairman of the board of directors. The board will be comprised of eight directors from RockTenn and six directors from MWV. Other key executives and their positions will be determined according to their strengths and will be named prior to closing. The combined company will maintain its principal executive offices in Richmond, Va., and will have operating offices in Norcross, Ga.

The transaction requires the approval of shareholders of both MWV and RockTenn and is subject to receipt of certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Both parties target closing the transaction in the second calendar quarter of this year.

In separate news releases, MWV and RockTenn both reported earnings for the most recent quarter ended December 31, 2014.

Blackstone Advisory Partners L.P. served as financial adviser to RockTenn in the transaction and provided its board of directors a fairness opinion. Lazard has also provided a fairness opinion to RockTenn’s board of directors, as well as advice to the Company on certain matters related to the transaction. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP acted as RockTenn’s legal counsel.

MWV’s financial advisers were BofA Merrill Lynch and Goldman, Sachs & Co. Greenhill has also provided a fairness opinion to MWV’s board of directors. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz acted as MWV’s legal counsel.

Additional information about the transaction can be found on the MWV and RockTenn websites, which are listed below.

Conference Call and Webcast Details
The management of both companies will host a joint conference call and live webcast on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. EST to discuss this announcement. The companies welcome all members of the investment community to listen to the call live by dialing 1-800-230-1766 in the United States or 1-612-332-0530 outside the U.S. and providing the passcode: Packaging. The live and archived webcast of the call can be accessed at www.rocktenn.com or www.mwv.com. An audio replay of the call will be available approximately three hours after the call’s conclusion through Thursday, February 26, and can be accessed by calling 1-800-475-6701 in the U.S. or 1-320-365-3844 outside the U.S. and entering the access code: 352014.

About RockTenn
RockTenn (NYSE:RKT) is one of North America's leading providers of packaging solutions and manufacturers of containerboard and paperboard. RockTenn's 27,000 employees are committed to exceeding their customers' expectations - every time. The company operates locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Argentina. For more information, visit www.rocktenn.com.

About MWV
MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV) is a global packaging company providing innovative solutions to the world’s most admired brands in the healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, home and garden, tobacco, and agricultural industries. The company also produces specialty chemicals for the automotive, energy, and infrastructure industries and maximizes the value of its development land holdings. MWV’s network of 125 facilities and 15,000 employees spans North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at www.mwv.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “target,” “prospects,” “potential” and “forecast,” and other words, terms and phrases of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties. RockTenn and MeadWestvaco caution readers that any forward-looking statement is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statement. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the anticipated closing date of the transaction, the ability to obtain regulatory and shareholder approvals and satisfy the other conditions to the closing of the transaction, the successful closing of the transaction and the integration of RockTenn and MeadWestvaco as well as opportunities for operational improvement including but not limited to cost reduction and capital investment, the strategic opportunity and perceived value to RockTenn’s and MeadWestvaco’s respective shareholders of the transaction, the transaction’s impact on, among other things, the combined company’s prospective business mix, margins, transitional costs and integration to achieve the synergies and the timing of such costs and synergies and earnings. With respect to these statements, RockTenn and MeadWestvaco have made assumptions regarding, among other things, whether and when the proposed transaction will be approved; whether and when the proposed transaction will close; the results and impacts of the proposed transaction; whether and when the spin-off of MeadWestvaco Specialty Chemicals will occur; economic, competitive and market conditions generally; volumes and price levels of purchases by customers; competitive conditions in RockTenn and MeadWestvaco’s businesses and possible adverse actions of their respective customers, competitors and suppliers. Further, RockTenn and MeadWestvaco’s businesses are subject to a number of general risks that would affect any such forward-looking statements including, among others, decreases in demand for their products; increases in energy, raw materials, shipping and capital equipment costs; reduced supply of raw materials; fluctuations in selling prices and volumes; intense competition; the potential loss of certain customers; and adverse changes in general market and industry conditions. Such risks and other factors that may impact management’s assumptions are more particularly described in RockTenn’s and MeadWestvaco’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the caption “Business – Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” in RockTenn’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014 and “Management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations – Forward-looking Statements” and “Risk factors” in MeadWestvaco’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013. The information contained herein speaks as of the date hereof and neither RockTenn nor MeadWestvaco have or undertake any obligation to update or revise their forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

NO OFFER OR SOLICITATION
The information in this communication is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, subscribe for or buy any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to or in connection with the proposed transactions or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and otherwise in accordance with applicable law.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT
The proposed transaction involving MeadWestvaco and RockTenn will be submitted to the respective shareholders of MeadWestvaco and RockTenn for their consideration. In connection with the proposed transaction, MeadWestvaco and RockTenn will cause the newly formed company to file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 (the “Registration Statement”), which will include a prospectus with respect to the shares to be issued in the proposed transaction and a preliminary and definitive joint proxy statement for the shareholders of MeadWestvaco and RockTenn (the “Joint Proxy Statement”) and each of MeadWestvaco and RockTenn will mail the Joint Proxy Statement to their respective shareholders and file other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC. The definitive Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement will contain important information about the proposed transaction and related matters. SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED AND ADVISED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT CAREFULLY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC AND ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. The Registration Statement, the Joint Proxy Statement and other relevant materials (when they become available) and any other documents filed or furnished by MeadWestvaco or RockTenn with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Registration Statement and the Joint Proxy Statement from RockTenn by going to its investor relations page on its corporate website at http://ir.rocktenn.com and from MeadWestvaco on its corporate website at www.mwv.com.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE SOLICITATION
MeadWestvaco, RockTenn, their respective directors and certain of their executive officers and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about RockTenn’s directors and executive officers is set forth in its definitive proxy statement for its 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on December 19, 2014, and information about MeadWestvaco’s directors and executive officers is set forth in its definitive proxy statement for its 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 26, 2014. These documents are available free of charge from the sources indicated above, from RockTenn by going to its investor relations page on its corporate website at http://ir.rocktenn.com and from MeadWestvaco on its website at www.mwv.com.

Additional information regarding the interests of participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction will be included in the Registration Statement, the Joint Proxy Statement and other relevant materials RockTenn and MeadWestvaco intend to file with the SEC.

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Aug 19, 2015

Flip-top pouch fitment delivers clean dispensing

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Product report from Packaging Digest on WestRock's FlexFit™ dispensing closure.

Aug 4, 2015

Westrock Receives 2015 Supplier Award from SC Johnson

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Award honors WestRock's commitment to customer partnership and value.

Jul 14, 2015

North Charleston-based MWV Specialty Chemicals changing its name

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Coverage from the Charleston Post & Courier of the announcement of Ingevity as the new name for the Specialty Chemicals business.

Jul 6, 2015

RockTenn and MeadWestvaco now WestRock

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Coverage of the first day of WestRock Company from the Atlanta daily newspaper.

Jul 6, 2015

WestRock Company Formed with Completion of Merger of MeadWestvaco and RockTenn

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Coverage of the first day of WestRock Company from a major UK-based packaging trade.

Jul 2, 2015

MWV and RockTenn complete the merger process and Brazil is highlighted

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Coverage of the start of WestRock operations from the major business daily in Brazil.

Jul 1, 2015

MeadWestvaco officially completes merger with Rock-Tenn

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Coverage of the first day of WestRock Company from the Richmond daily newspaper.

May 29, 2015

Packaging Company Combo to be Named WestRock

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This item from the Associated Press recaps the announcement of the name of the combined MWV/RockTenn company pending the merger.

Jan 26, 2015

Rock-Tenn, MeadWestvaco to merge, create packaging giant

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This item from Reuters recaps the announcement of MWV and RockTenn's agreement to combine, creating a $16 billion global packaging leader.


Tucker McNeil
Director, Corporate Communications
804-444-6397
mediainquiries@westrock.com