Georgia-Pacific building new softwood lumber facility
Georgia-Pacific announced that it will build a new softwood lumber production facility in Warren County, Ga.
Construction of the $135 million, 340,000-sq.-ft. technologically advanced plant is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2018 with an anticipated startup in spring 2019. The new facility will be located on property where an existing GP lumber mill is situated.
GP’s existing lumber plant in Warren County will continue full operations until the new facility is completed. After startup of the new plant, Georgia-Pacific estimates that it will hire an additional 30 to 40 employees, bringing its workforce in Warren County to approximately 150 people.
“We have enough property next to our existing mill in Warren County to build a larger facility equipped with the latest in lumber manufacturing technology,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager of Georgia-Pacific Lumber. “We have a great team at Warrenton and building a new state-of-the-art facility on this site will make it competitive for years to come. The team has earned it.”
The new facility will be capable of over three times the output of the current facility, the company said. The existing facility has been operating since the early 1970s.
Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific employs more than 7,200 people at 18 locations in Georgia. Since 2006 the company has invested approximately $1.9 billion in additional capital and acquisitions in Georgia.
Once in production, the new facility will receive approximately 185 truckloads of pine logs a day and produce approximately 350 million board-feet of lumber per year.
“Last year we announced a similar project in Talladega, Ala., that will begin production this summer," Mason said. "This new facility at Warrenton is the second of several we have in our current plan. The demand for lumber continues to improve as the housing market recovers, so we continue to evaluate similar investments in several states across the country to serve our customers’ needs for lumber.”
Congressman lined up for LegCon
The upcoming Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference hosted by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association leans heavily on in-person meetings with elected officials. It will also welcome voices from the halls of power to address attendees with insights from inside Washington.
As previously reported, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) will address the conference during a breakfast keynote. Also speaking will be Congressman David Young (R-IA).
NLBMDA’S Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference is taking place from March 19 – 21, 2018 at The Wink Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Young began his political career working as a legislative and policy aide in Iowa and on Capitol Hill. He initially served the people of Iowa as Chief of Staff to Senator Chuck Grassley.
Now in his second-term representing Iowa’s third district, Rep. Young serves on the House Appropriations Committee. His subcommittee assignments include Agriculture, Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Financial Services and General Government.
According to his bio, “The congressman is driven to fix problems, and is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 48 members of Congress equally divided between Republicans and Democrats, who are committed to forging bipartisan cooperation on key issues. His mission is to make government more efficient, effective, and accountable.”
The agenda includes several opportunities to learn about key issues affecting the lumber and building material industry from Washington policy experts and political commentators. The event will culminate with a day for attendees to conduct in person meetings with their elected officials in Congress. For more information visit www.leg-con.org.
NLBMDA taps Iowa senator for LegCon
An upcoming conference of lumber dealers in the nation’s capital will include a presentation from Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA). She will be a featured speaker at the Washington Briefing Breakfast during the 2018 Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference.
Ernst is not only the first woman to serve in federal elected office from the state of Iowa, she’s also the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the U.S. Senate. In Washington, Ernst serves on four Senate committees: Armed Services; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Environment and Public Works; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
“Sen. Ernst is focused on growing a vibrant economy and ensuring the government runs effectively and efficiently, which means cutting out-of-control spending, reducing taxes, eliminating harmful regulations and balancing the budget,” said the NLBMDA, in the announcement of her participation in the event.
Early bird registration for the conference ends Feb. 23. For more information. The conference swings into action with visits to Capitol Hill and federal agencies March 19-21.