Feb. 17, 2023 - Georgia-Pacific is making a significant investment at its corrugated plant in Owosso, Michigan. Newer equipment will improve the plant's throughput and print capability to better meet customer needs.
The upgrades include a new corrugator, converter, single facer, preheater, glue machine, and control systems as well as an upgrade to the existing single facer and unitizer.
According to Georgia Pacific, by enabling the double wall capability, Owosso will be able to expand its customer base and provide expanded products to current customers.
"The investment in the Owosso plant is part of our strategy to be the preferred partner of our customers and will help us continue to expand our product offerings with superior service and quality," said Bill Smith, Georgia-Pacific's area general manager.
Mark Humrich, the Owosso plant's director of operations, added, "Our team has performed at high levels producing quality products for our customers with the older equipment. The investment being made in our facility has everyone excited and is great for both our employees and the community as it helps set us up for long-term prosperity."
The legacy corrugator was taken offline at the end of 2022 after producing enough material to satisfy the plant's current customer needs until the new corrugator is ready to begin production.
The old corrugator produced enough material to reach the moon and back twice!, Georgia-Pacific exclaimed.
Installation of the new equipment has begun and testing is taking place in February, and Georgia-Pacific expects the first production run to come off the line by the end of the month.
The Owosso plant employs approximately 130 people. It was started by Olin Kraft in 1964 and purchased by Georgia-Pacific in 1985. It serves customers in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Canada.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, cellulose, specialty fibers and building products.
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