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GP Building New Softwood Lumber Mill in Georgia


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Georgia-Pacific Lumber plans to build a new softwood lumber mill at Dougherty Industrial Park in Albany, Georgia, the company reports.

This is GP’s third new softwood lumber mill announcement in 12 months, following investments in Talladega, Alabama, and Warrenton, Georgia.

Construction on the $150 million, 320,000 square-foot, facility is scheduled to begin by the end of this year with an anticipated startup in late 2019. Once it is fully operational, the plant will employee more than 130 full-time employees, GP says.

“Albany was an attractive fit for this facility because of the talented workforce in the region; the cost of doing business; proximity to raw materials (trees); and access to rail and highways, plus we have received a very warm reception from the leadership in Albany, Dougherty County, and the State of Georgia,” says Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Lumber.

Once in production, the new facility expects to receive approximately 180 log trucks a day and produce approximately 300 million board-feet of lumber a year, according to the company.

“We are proud that Georgia-Pacific will expand upon its significant presence in Georgia,” adds Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. “As one of the nation’s most successful brands, Georgia-Pacific recognizes the benefits of operating in the top state for business.”

GP will continue to evaluate similar investments in the United States as the demand for lumber continues to improve as the housing market strengthens.

“Our confidence in our building products business is strong,” Mason adds.

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