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Georgia-Pacific to Permanently Close Augusta Tissue Mill in Georgia


May 2, 2018 - Georgia-Pacific on April 30 said it will be closing down its tissue mill, formerly known as Augusta Select Tissue, located in Augusta, Georgia. According to local news reports, the tissue mill on Cookie Road has ceased its tissue production and will permanently close in the coming weeks. The exact date of the closure is unknown at this time.

The mill was acquired by Georgia-Pacific in 2014 from SPG Holdings.

Georgia-Pacific said the decision was made in response to increased competition in the industry and performance improvements at other facilities.

“We know this is a difficult time for the employees at the Augusta mill and their families,” said Rob Shaw, vice president of manufacturing who has oversight for the Augusta tissue facility. “This decision is not a reflection on their efforts to operate safely and productively. Our commitment is to work with employees to find ways to minimize the difficulty as best we can. That includes working with state and local employment agencies that can also support these employees.”

The closure will impact 55 employees who will continue to be paid until June 29.

The closure does not impact Georgia-Pacific's Augusta corrugated plant on Doug Barnard Parkway.

According to The Augusta Chronicle, the tissue mill's working equipment will be relocated to other Georgia-Pacific facilities. Equipment too large to move will be dismantled and sold. The property will also be sold.

SOURCE: The Augusta Chronicle