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Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Georgia-Pacific announce state-of-the-art lumber production facility; $150 million plant to create more than 130 jobs

July 30, 2018 > Posted in News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins
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July 31, 2018

 

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, together with Georgia-Pacific and the state of Georgia, today announced Albany-Dougherty County as the site of a new, state-of-the-art lumber production facility to be located at the Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park.

Construction on the $150 million, 320,000-square foot, technologically advanced plant is scheduled to begin in 2018 with an anticipated startup in late fall 2019. Once fully operational, the plant is expected to employ more than 130 full-time employees and generate an estimated $5 million in annual payroll.

“Georgia-Pacific choosing to locate its newest modern lumber production facility here showcases that advanced manufacturing works in Southwest Georgia. This plant will create significant investment and for our community and jobs for our residents,” said Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “We are proud that Georgia-Pacific lumber will soon be on the extensive list of quality products that are made in Albany-Dougherty County.”

Georgia-Pacific, an Atlanta-based company, currently operates 18 facilities in the state, including a corrugated box plant located in Albany since 1981.

“We are proud that Georgia-Pacific will expand upon its significant presence in Georgia,” said Governor Nathan Deal. “As one of the nation’s most successful brands, Georgia-Pacific recognizes the benefits of operating in the top state for business. From our highway system that allows trucks to reach 80 percent of the U.S. market in two days to our existing workforce trained for this industry, Georgia offers a wealth of resources to help Georgia-Pacific reach its goals with this new facility. We value Georgia-Pacific’s commitment to creating quality jobs in Georgia and look forward to further strengthening this partnership in the years to come.”

According to Dr. Wes Clarke, at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the lumber production facility will support about 340 total jobs in the state, in addition to the 130 full time jobs at the facility.

Operations will support another 100 jobs in the Albany area and more than 100 elsewhere in the state either indirectly or through an induced effect. The capital investment in Dougherty County will support approximately 440 full time jobs in the state during construction including construction workers, associated trades, and jobs at suppliers providing materials for the project.

“Albany-Dougherty County is an ideal site for the latest of three new lumber production facilities in the Southeast,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Lumber. “The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority and the Georgia Department of Economic Development have been incredibly supportive of this new venture and we look forward to a long and beneficial relationship.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness and Food Team Director Wylly Harrison represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission.

“We are excited that Georgia-Pacific chose Dougherty County to expand its footprint,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Georgia-Pacific’s impact in our state is significant, and I commend them for their exceptional growth creating thousands of jobs for our citizens and investing millions in our communities.”

Currently, there are more than 7,200 Georgia-Pacific employees at 18 facilities in Georgia that represent an additional 21,500 indirect jobs. Since 2012 Georgia-Pacific has invested approximately $1 billion in additional capital and acquisitions in Georgia.

“We have been thrilled to support and work on this project which will serve to expand Georgia-Pacific’s footprint and connect our citizens to quality jobs that pay a quality wage.  This operation is a great fit for Albany-Dougherty County, as it will capitalize on our assets in transportation infrastructure, natural resources and workforce readiness,” said Chris Cohilas, Dougherty County Commission Chairman.

“The location of this project in Albany-Dougherty County is a huge win for our community,” said Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. ”Georgia-Pacific has been a great corporate citizen in Albany through it’s corrugated box plant for many years, and we look forward to further expanding our relationship with them through the new lumber plant.”

 

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About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission   

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.

About Georgia-Pacific

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®, Dixie®, enMotion®, Sparkle®, Mardi Gras®, Vanity Fair®, and STAINMASTER™ household cleaning products. 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 Recycling subsidiary is among the world’s largest recyclers of paper, metal and