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Georgia-Pacific expanding lumber production

New planned facility in Georgia is third mill announced in past 12 months.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Strength in the U.S. housing market has prompted Georgia-Pacific to continue expanding its lumber production operations.

Georgia-Pacific plans to open a new lumber production facility in Albany-Dougherty County, Ga. at the Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park.

Construction of the $150 million, 320,000-square foot, technologically advanced plant is scheduled to begin in 2018 with an anticipated startup in late fall 2019.

Once fully operational, the plant is expected to employ more than 130 full-time employees and generate an estimated $5 million in annual payroll.

“Albany-Dougherty County is an ideal site for the latest of three new lumber production facilities in the Southeast,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Lumber. “The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority and the Georgia Department of Economic Development have been incredibly supportive of this new venture and we look forward to a long and beneficial relationship.

Once in production, the new facility expects to receive approximately 180 log trucks a day and produce approximately 300 million board-feet of lumber per year.

This is the third softwood lumber mill opening that Georgia-Pacific has announced in the past 12 months. The Atlanta-based manufacturer also plans to build a 340,000-square-foot facility in Warrenton, Ga. and last year announced 300,000 square-foot facility in Talladega, Ala.

 

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