Georgia-Pacific recently announced that it will invest more than $145 million at its Dixie plant in Darlington, South Carolina, to modernize and expand the facility’s plate and bowl capacity.
“This is an exciting investment for our employees and our community,” said Abraham Adkins, plant director for the Darlington Dixie operations. “It will transform the Darlington plant into a modern and competitive operation.”
The expansion will begin in March and is expected to be completed early in 2022. The plate plant will continue to operate during the expansion. Over time, the site will add new machinery, including a new plate printing press. A new, modern warehouse also will be part of the expansion.
“This truly is an investment in our customers and consumers who use our products and value the Dixie brand,” said David Duncan, executive vice president for Georgia-Pacific’s Consumer Products Group.
The company also announced that it will shut down its Darlington cup plant by September and current distribution center sometime in 2021. Customers will continue to be served by the Dixie plants in Lexington, Kentucky, and Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Georgia-Pacific will work with the affected employees on transitioning to roles in plate operations, other opportunities within GP or other Koch companies, or opportunities outside the company.
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