The proposed investments would expand the production capacity of the lumber mill by approximately 60 percent. Planned improvements at the lumber mill would include the installation of a new continuous dry kiln, the installation of a state-of-the-art planer mill, and upgrades of site infrastructure such as roads and buildings. At the plywood mill, the company intends to increase the efficiency and capacity of a veneer dryer, as well as make enhancements to reduce emissions per the recent changes by the Environmental Protection Agency in their Clean Air Act standards. The plywood mill would see its annual dryer production capacity increase by 10 million square feet (3/8 inch basis).
“With the housing market continuing a slow and steady improvement, these investments will enable Georgia Pacific to provide our current and future customers with the products they need as they continue to ramp up their operations,” said Mark Luetters, executive vice president for Georgia-Pacific building products.
Georgia Pacific has eight facilities in Arkansas, five of which are part of the building products division. The company employs approximately 2,700 people directly in the state of Arkansas, with approximately 630 people located at the Gurdon operations. Total direct compensation and benefits for Arkansas employees is approximately $205 million, resulting in approximately $446 million in indirect wages and benefits.
Since 2006, Georgia-Pacific building products has invested nearly $2.5 billion in capital for property and equipment upgrades and acquisitions, including the 2007 purchase of several International Paper building products assets, the 2010 Grant Forest Products acquisition, and most recently, the $710 million acquisition of the former Temple-Inland Building Products assets.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. Our familiar consumer brands include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, enMotion®, Sparkle®, Mardi Gras® and Vanity Fair®, as well as Dixie®. Georgia-Pacific has long been a leading supplier of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. Its GP Harmon subsidiary is among the world largest recyclers of paper, metal and plastics. The company employs approximately 35,000 people directly, and creates nearly 130,000 jobs indirectly. For more information, visit: www.gp.com.