Another round of layoffs at Georgia-
Pacific - this time more than 650
The hard times are not letting up for Georgia-Pacific.
Soon after the North American lumber giant shut
down manufacturing plants in Oregon and Georgia,
it announced two of its Arkansas plants are next on
the chopping block. The announcement also comes
soon after a fire completely gutted a separate Georgia plant.
The closures - in Crossett and Hope, Arkansas -
will impact 555 and 100 workers, respectively.
The Crossett decision was based on an assessment of the mill’s ability to compete effectively in
the bleached board market, the company said in a
“Our Crossett employees have worked hard to
safely and productively manage our operations
there. In recent years we have invested significantly
in our operations,” said Monty Brown, G-P’s senior
vice president for its consumer products division, in
a news release published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Required upgrades and long-term viability for the
plant operations are not ecomically feasible, given
the future view of the market, said the company. An
estimated 550 workers will be losing their jobs in the
fall, though 500 workers will continue operations in
Crossett at the company’s 630-acre compound after
the closing of the bleached-board facility.
“The Hope plant will close in about 60 to 90
days,” said Karen Cole, G-P spokesperson. She estimated “ 102 employees will be affected there.” Cole
said particleboard demand isn’t growing, and new
mills from other producers are hurting the company’s
ability to compete.
Shutdowns will be done in phases.
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