SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Georgia-Pacific (GP) announced plans to invest around $425 million towards building a state-of-the-art Dixie facility in Jackson, Tennessee. This will be largest single investment the city has ever seen.
The company press release noted that the proposed 900,000-square-foot facility will sit on 241 acres west of Jackson city. The construction of the facility is expected to begin by the end of the current year, with operations scheduled to begin in the summer of 2024. The fully air-conditioned workspace will employ state-of-the-art equipment and technology.
Once operational, the facility will employ more than 200 people. Georgia-Pacific will begin recruiting, hiring and training employees in 2023.
Fernando Gonzalez, president of the consumer business at Georgia-Pacific noted that it is the first new Dixie plant to be built by the company since 1991. The added capacity will help the company to meet rising demand from consumers for high-quality, durable paper plates and bowls.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee commended Georgia-Pacific’s commitment to creating more than 200 jobs in Jackson. The skilled workforce and unmatched business climate in Tennessee has made companies choose the state for investment, he added. It must be noted that Georgia-Pacific operates a total of six facilities in Tennessee.