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Rubber and Wood December 07, 2018 12:30:44 PM

Georgia Pacific Breaks Ground on Warrenton Lumber Facility

Paul Ploumis
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The 340,000 square foot facility is expected to replace the company’s existing facility on U.S. Highway 278.

Georgia Pacific Breaks Ground on Warrenton Lumber Facility

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Atlanta, Georgia-based pulp and paper company Georgia-Pacific announced official groundbreaking of the new $135 million softwood lumber production facility in Warrenton, Georgia. The ceremony was attended by top government officials, local community leaders and Georgia-Pacific employees. The plant is expected to become operational in spring 2019.

The 340,000 square foot facility is expected to replace the company’s existing facility on U.S. Highway 278. The construction phase of the project is expected to generate hundreds of full-time and induced jobs in the region. Upon completion, the company plans to hire 30 to 40 new employees. Georgia Pacific aims to triple the production capacity when matched with that of the existing facility, producing nearly 350 million board feet of lumber per year. It will receive approximately 185 truckloads of pine logs per day.

The new mill facility will employ the latest technologies in lumber manufacturing, without impacting the operations of the existing mill.

Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Lumber expressed hope that the new state-of-the-art lumber facility will make the Warrenton site competitive for many years to come.

The Warrenton facility is only one among the three projects recently announced by Georgia Pacific. It had officially commenced production at Talladega, Alabama facility during the previous month. Also, the Albany, Georgia facility is expected to begin operations in Q4 next year.

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