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Georgia-Pacific Building New Softwood Lumber Plant

Georgia-Pacific will build a new softwood lumber production facility in Warren County, Georgia, on property adjacent to its existing lumber mill, the company reports.

Construction of the $135 million, 340,000‐square-foot, technologically advanced plant is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2018 with an anticipated startup in spring 2019. Georgia‐Pacific’s existing lumber plant in Warren County will continue full operations until the new facility is completed.

After startup of the new plant, Georgia‐Pacific estimates hiring an additional 30 to 40 employees, bringing its workforce in Warren County to approximately 150 people.

“We have enough property next to our existing mill in Warren County to build a larger facility equipped with the latest in lumber manufacturing technology,” says Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia‐Pacific Lumber. “We have a great team at Warrenton, and building a new state‐of‐the‐art facility on this site will make it competitive for years to come. The team has earned it.”

The new facility will be capable of over three times the output of the current facility, according to the company. The existing facility has been operating since the early 1970s and technology in the lumber production business has changed significantly since that time.

“Georgia‐Pacific has found an abundance of success in Georgia, and this new softwood lumber production facility in Warren County allows them to continue to tap into the wealth of resources in Warrenton,” says Governor Nathan Deal. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with this leading company as they not only drive innovation in this sector, but in the state.”

Mason adds, “We chose to reinvest in Warrenton and Warren County due largely to our current talented employee base and the incredible reception we received from county and economic development officials.”

O.B. McCorkle, executive director of the development authority of Warren County says, “We are extremely proud that Warren County continues to be the choice for commerce in Georgia. We have a great relationship with Georgia‐Pacific at the current lumber facility and we look forward to having this technologically advanced facility in our county.”

Once in production, the company says the new facility will receive approximately 185 truckloads of pine logs a day and produce approximately 350 million board‐feet of lumber per year.

“Last year, we announced a similar project in Talladega, Alabama, that will begin production this summer. This new facility at Warrenton is the second of several we have in our current plan,” Mason says. “The demand for lumber continues to improve as the housing market recovers, so we continue to evaluate similar investments in several states across the country to serve our customers’ needs for lumber.”

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