Georgia-Pacific announced today that it is shutting down part of its operations in Crossett.
The Atlanta-headquartered company will be shuttering its bleached board operations, as well as its extrusion plant, woodyard, pulp mill and part of the energy complex by October. In July, Georgia-Pacific will also be shutting down one of the mill’s older tissue machines.
Eliminating these operations will cut approximately 530 jobs at the Crossett facility. In addition, 25 business and sales positions will be impacted, according to a Georgia-Pacific news release.
“Our Crossett employees have worked hard to safely and productively manage our operations there, and in recent years we have invested significantly in our operations. However, we have decided that the required investments needed for the bleached board machines, pulp mill and woodyard to sustain the operation long-term are not economically viable,” said Monty Brown, senior vice president – Consumer Products Group Operations. “We understand the impact this News decision has on our employees, families and the community, and we will work cooperatively with the state and the community to minimize that impact.”
However, operations will continue regularly until the shutdown in October. The company’s tissue and towel operations will remain operational and will continue to employ approximately 500 employees.
Georgia-Pacific is also closing a particleboard facility in Hope, as well as one in Monroeville, Ala. It is also not rebuilding a facility in Thompson, Ga., which burned last week.