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Georgia-Pacific recently announced that its pulp and paper mill in Naheola, Alabama, will receive an investment of more than $120 million for a new tissue machine and roll storage building to support the company’s retail bath tissue business.
While the new tissue machine will replace two older machines, it will increase capacity and support new tissue-converting lines that are currently being started up at the mill. These latest investments continue the modernization of the Naheola mill, which includes ongoing construction of a new biomass boiler and woodyard.
“This is a great day to celebrate for our employees, the Naheola mill community and most importantly for our current and future customers,” said Kathy Walters, group president of Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products Group. “All of these stakeholders benefit from these investments to make the Naheola mill a modern and competitive operation.”
Engineering and related work has already begun at the mill, with the actual startup of the new machine scheduled for 2020. The Naheola mill currently employs more than 900 people and produces retail bath tissue and paper towels. The mill also makes bleached paperboard which is sold on the market and used to make Dixie plates, cups and bowls.
In the past five years, capital investments at the Naheola mill have totaled more than $500 million, while Georgia-Pacific’s statewide investments have totaled approximately $1.6 billion.
For more information, visit www.gp.com.