Georgia‐Pacific recently began production at its newest lumber facility in Talladega, Alabama. The $100‐million, 300,000‐square‐foot plant currently employs more than 130 full-time employees and is expected to generate an estimated $5 million in annual payroll.
"The availability of talent and natural resources make Talladega an ideal site for this new lumber production facility," said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager of Georgia‐Pacific Lumber. "The city of Talladega, Talladega County and the state of Alabama have been incredibly supportive of this new venture, and we look forward to a long and beneficial relationship."
Alabama continues to be a significant state for Georgia‐Pacific's operations. Currently, there are more than 2,300 employees across eight facilities that span all the company's business segments. In the last five years, Georgia-Pacific has invested approximately $1.2 billion in its operations across the state.
The new plant will receive approximately 150 log trucks a day and produce approximately 230 million board feet of lumber a year, with plans to expand production to 300 million board feet per year in the near future. The facility's current plan is to ship out approximately 50 truckloads of lumber each day.
The Talladega plant is the first of three new lumber production facilities Georgia‐Pacific will be opening in the Southeast by the end of 2019.
"The demand for lumber continues to improve as the housing market recovers," said Mason. "We look forward to starting up our other two mills currently under construction in Warrenton, Georgia, in the spring and in Albany, Georgia, in late 2019."
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