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Georgia-Pacific to Close Uncoated Paper Machine at Camas Mill in Washington

Camas Mill to continue production of tissue used for away-from-home paper towels.

Camas Paper Mill GP's pulp and paper mill in Camas, Washington has a pulp operation, two paper machines (one making copy paper and one making paper towels) and paper converting equipment.

Nov. 16, 2017 (Camas-Washougal Post-Record) - Georgia-Pacific reported [on Tuesday, Nov. 14] that it will shutter the communication papers machine at the Camas paper mill next spring, permanently laying off more than two-thirds of its local employees.

“It's surprising and not surprising,” Camas Mayor Scott Higgins said on Tuesday afternoon, after the news went public. “The mill has been having less employees for quite some time now. But it's still shocking and this is a big loss, especially for the employees, for their families.”

Although teams will continue to operate the communication papers machine for the next few months, a complete shutdown of the Camas mill's communication paper machine, fine paper converting assets, pulping operations and related equipment is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2018. The restructuring will impact 280 to 300 Camas employees.

About 120 to 140 employees will stay on to run the Camas mill's remaining tissue paper machines and related equipment.

Higgins said executives from the Georgia-Pacific paper mill contacted him with the restructuring news shortly before telling their employees this afternoon.

“They gave us a heads up just a few minutes before,” Higgins, a Camas native and Camas High grad who remembers when the mill was Camas' biggest employer.

Although he said he understands that economic factors, including global competition and a change in the way people use paper, forced the restructuring, Higgins said the news is still a shock for many longtime Camas residents.

The full story is available at on the Camas-Washougal Post-Record website:
» Georgia-Pacific restructuring Camas mill, eliminating 280 to 300 jobs.

SOURCE: Camas-Washougal Post-Record