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Irving Consumer Products Breaks Ground for New Tissue Production Plant in Georgia

Irving Consumer Products broke ground in Macon, Georgia

Oct. 3, 2017 - Irving Consumer Products on Sept. 28 broke ground on the construction of their new $400 million state-of-the-art tissue plant in Macon, Georgia at an event at the site of their future home.

“We're excited to begin construction on this new plant. The plant will create over 200 permanent, skilled jobs and allow us to continue to meet our customers' growing demands,” said Robert K. Irving, President of Irving Consumer Products. “It will also provide growth in our home province. The pulp will be from Irving Woodlands, manufactured at our New Brunswick pulp mill.”

In November 2016, Irving announced that it agreed to purchase a new Thru-Air Dried (TAD) tissue making machine from Valmet, and in August 2017 the company selected Macon, Georgia as the site for their new plant.

The new plant will produce ultra-premium quality household paper products including soft bath tissue and high quality paper towel and will double the company's Thru-Air Dry capacity, increasing it by 75,000 tonnes — the equivalent of 15 million cases.

“It's a great day in Georgia when we get to celebrate a ground-breaking event,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Deputy Commissioner, Tom Croteau. “We are excited that Irving Consumer Products chose Macon to expand their North American footprint, and are confident that they will find success here in Georgia.”

Following the ground breaking, Irving Consumer Products hosted a community BBQ in Rosa Parks Square to recognize first responders for their efforts during Tropical Storm Irma. Hundreds of emergency responders worked to open shelters, restore major power outages and clear debris from blocked roads. Irving Consumer Products contributed $30,000 to local relief efforts. The American Red Cross of Central Midwest Georgia and Salvation Army of Central Georgia each received a check for $15,000 for disaster response and relief efforts in Macon-Bibb County.

Construction of the new facility will be completed in 2019.

Irving Consumer Products is one of North America's leading manufacturers of household paper and baby diaper products. Irving Consumer Products companies include Irving Tissue and Irving Personal Care. To learn more, please visit: www.jdirving.com.

SOURCE: J.D. Irving, Limited