Judge rules in favor of Rockwool, stone wool manufacturing plant in Ranson

West Virginia

After two days in court, a U.S. District judge has ruled on behalf of Rockwool, the Denmark-based company that is currently building a stone wool manufacturing plant in Ranson, West Virginia. 

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Gina Groh ruled in favor of Rockwool to prohibit the Jefferson County Board of Education to “put a preliminary injunction in place in Federal Court, which will prohibit the Board from seeking further action in state court.” 

On April 9, the Board of Education proposed using property in Ranson for a student support center, property currently owned and being developed by Rockwool, which several residents voiced their approval for in a board meeting.

What does this turn of events mean for the Jefferson County Board of Education?

“I can tell you their highest priority has been and will continue to be serving the students of Jefferson County, and they will take all information into account and try to make the most conscientious decision in that regard,” said Hans Fogle, Public Information Offficer for Jefferson County Schools. 

According to an attorney representing Rockwool, they are “happy with Judge Groh’s decision, and they are grateful for the courts hard work.”

As for how the school board plans to move forward, Jefferson County School officials say that’s still up for discussion. 

“Just that the Board of Education appreciates the continued trust and support for the community as we all work together for excellence in teaching and education,” said Fogle.  

The next school board meeting will be on May 13 at 7 p.m.

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