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Rubber and Wood March 15, 2019 09:15:09 AM

Georgia Pacific Invests $30M in Plant Upgrades at Rome Lumber Facility

Paul Ploumis
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The company press release noted that the new equipment to be purchased include a planer and a grading and trimming machinery.

Georgia Pacific Invests $30M in Plant Upgrades at Rome Lumber Facility

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Georgia Pacific has renewed its commitment to the future of the Rome Lumber mill with an investment of $30 million. The proposed investment will be utilized towards purchase and installation of new equipment in the coming months. Further, this will improve efficiency and enhance the mill’s product quality. Incidentally, this is the largest investment since the acquisition of the Georgia facility by GP in 2013.

The company press release noted that the new equipment to be purchased include a planer and a grading and trimming machinery. The new sorter machine is expected to serve 65 bays, significantly higher when matched with the current 26 bays. No additional jobs will be created as part of the installation, said Rick Kimball, company spokesperson.

The preparations for new structures and equipment have already begun. The concrete work will be underway by June. The equipment installation is expected to begin by July and is expected to be completed during the same month. The mill will be shut down for a brief period after installation, in order to initiate and test the new equipment and provide necessary training for employees. The full production startup after upgrade is expected to commence by early December this year.

The investment aims to upgrade and maximize all of its product lines. Post investment, GP anticipates 20% boost to its output.

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