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    Georgia-Pacific Corrugated Acquires Southern California-Based Reliable Container

    June 9, 2016

    Georgia-Pacific continues to expand its corrugated packaging business with the acquisition of Southern California-based Reliable Container. The acquisition includes converting plants in Santa Fe Springs, California, and Tijuana, Mexico.

    “Georgia-Pacific has had a working relationship with Reliable Container for many years and now welcomes them as part of our organization, expanding our capability and geographic reach in the important Southern California and Baja region,” said Billy Medof, president – GP Corrugated. “This acquisition further demonstrates our commitment to build our customers’ brands, improve their operations and optimize their packaging. With this acquisition and following the conversion of our La Mirada sheet feeder to a state-of-the-art box plant, we will serve customers in Southern California and Northern Mexico with a box plant, two sheet plants, and through our interest in the GoldenCorr sheet feeder.”

    Established in 1979, Reliable Container offers a variety of custom corrugated containers and point-of-purchase displays, in addition to offering consultation, design and inventory services. Their diverse customer base includes furniture, food and beverage, consumer products, auto, electronics, fabricated metal products and services industries. The approximately 250 employees are now part of Georgia-Pacific.

    “Georgia-Pacific has been one of our major suppliers and a customer for many years. We are very pleased they have purchased Reliable Container,” said Dan Brough, president and founding partner of Reliable Container. “Having seen how Georgia-Pacific applies a market-based business philosophy, we felt this would be the right company for our long-term and hard-working employees and loyal customers. As a Georgia-Pacific company, we know that Reliable will continue to grow and maintain outstanding support of our customers.”

    Learn more about Reliable Container at

    Big Island Containerboard Mill Assists with Chestnut Seedling Research

    March 24, 2016

    Big Island mill volunteers, along with The American Chestnut Foundation (ACF) planted 100 chestnut seedlings to further the research started in 2011. More than 800 chestnut seedlings have now been planted on the Big Island site by employee volunteers as part of the ACF’s effort to restore the American chestnut to its original habitat, once an essential part of the Eastern U.S. forestry ecology and economy, after it was nearly eradicated by a fungal disease in the early 1900s. The Big Island mill made a 20-year commitment to provide and manage a protected plot of land on which The American Chestnut Foundation can monitor the saplings in a natural setting. In addition, an eight-foot fence was built around the planting site to increase the saplings’ chances of reaching maturity by keeping out deer.

    These seedlings are from a new genetic family and are being monitored for resistance to the soil-borne fungus, phytophthora, which is the second-leading cause of chestnut demise. The original planting in 2011 was to see if the seedlings have the physical characteristics of the American chestnut, but are also blight resistant. The Big Island volunteers and the ACF are now working to determine if the seedlings are also resistant to phytophthora.

    Georgia-Pacific has long been committed to sustainable forestry practices. In November 2010, the company expanded its forest policy to better identify and protect endangered forests in the United States; promote conservation of forest diversity; and enhance its sustainable forestry and recycling practices. The policy update is the result of ongoing discussions with customers and suppliers, and several years of consultation with a number of environmental organizations, including the Rainforest Action Network, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Dogwood Alliance.

    Learn more about The American Chestnut Foundation at

    Corrugating Process Study Shines Light on Effective Sanitation

    March 14, 2016

    In a recent study by NSF International, sponsored by the Corrugated Packaging Alliance, researchers concluded that the temperature attained during the typical corrugating process destroys four illness-producing strains of E Coli and Salmonella commonly found in fresh produce. The study was run by applying organisms to corrugated containerboard which was then heated for 9 seconds. The level of organisms on the corrugated container was evaluated both before and after to determine the reduction during the heating process.

    The study showed that the corrugation process effectively sanitized the board against the tested organisms, supporting the industry's position that the use of corrugated containers will not introduce microorganisms into the food chain and lead to food-borne illness.

    Download the full study on the Corrugated Packaging Alliance's website

    Georgia-Pacific Corrugated Acquires Excel Displays & Packaging

    March 1, 2016

    Georgia-Pacific has acquired Excel Displays & Packaging, based in Aurora, Illinois. The acquisition includes a state-of-the-art converting plant in Aurora; sales and design office in Bentonville, Arkansas; and a minority interest in Five Star Sheets sheet feeder consortium in New Carlisle, Indiana. Terms of the deal are not disclosed.

    “This acquisition supports our commitment to help our customers build their brands by bringing new capability in point-of-purchase displays, digital print capability that complements our current print offering, and an additional converting plant,” said Billy Medof, president – GP Corrugated. “Excel has a highly regarded team and a reputation for quality packaging and innovative displays. We are excited to welcome them to the GP Corrugated team and look forward to enhancing the solutions we bring to our customers.”


    Established 1989, Excel is an innovative designer and manufacturer of award-winning point-of-purchase displays, high-graphic retail packaging, in-store signage and industrial packaging. The approximately 120 employees are now part of Georgia-Pacific.

    Excel’s founder and CEO, Michael Mikula, describes the acquisition as a perfect fit. “Excel Displays & Packaging brings to the table industry-leading investments in high-speed digital printing, patented club-store packaging (the X Card®), leading-edge shopper marketing intelligence, and a world-class manufacturing facility and design center. As our growth and national presence accelerated over the past several years, we were looking for a company that could take our investments, grow them further, and provide access to a larger customer base that can benefit from all that Excel has to offer. I’m proud of everything we've built, and I'm confident that GP will make the Excel brand even stronger.”

    Georgia-Pacific to Convert California Sheet Feeder to Box Plant

    February 5, 2016

    Georgia-Pacific has announced plans to convert its La Mirada, California, sheet feeder to a box plant over the next several months. The addition of state-of-the-art converting equipment is expected to be complete by September 2016.

    In 2015, Georgia-Pacific purchased a minority ownership interest in the LACorr sheet feeder consortium, now GoldenCorr, and began producing current La Mirada customer orders at the consortium on February 1. Following that transition, the plant will soon begin the installation of new converting equipment. When complete, corrugated box customers in Southern California will be served by one of Georgia-Pacific’s most technologically advanced corrugated packaging plants. Customer segments that will be served include produce, industrial and consumer goods.

    “The conversion of our La Mirada plant and our LA Corr investment demonstrate the importance we place on the Southern California market and our customers, and are key parts of our business strategy for the region” said Billy Medof, president – GP Corrugated. “Over the last few years, our La Mirada employees demonstrated their commitment and ability to provide customers with outstanding products and service. They are enthusiastic about the opportunity to expand their capabilities and committed to a smooth and successful transition for our customers.”

    Georgia-Pacific Corrugated Enables E.J. Gallo's Newest Brand to Exceed Expectations

    January 12, 2016

    As the fastest growing brand in the wine industry, Dark Horse Wine, an E. & J. Gallo brand, is certainly winning. After a very successful two and a half year test placing product in a leading U.S. retail store, the brand officially launched in March 2015 across the country.

    The Dark Horse name reflects both the brand and the individual behind it. Winemaker, Beth Liston, breaks the “winemaker” mold. After studying food science in college, Liston moved to Texas where she worked in wine sales. At the time, she already knew a lot about how wine was made – but not how it was sold. The experience helped her realize where her heart was in the business, which led her back to California where she soon after became Dark Horse’s winemaker.

    A package that could provide a powerful display for the product once it hit stores was the team’s next focus. Considering the vast number of products competing for consumers’ attention in store aisles, brand owners must ensure their package is just as great as their product. As brands are typically unable to include additional displays in stores, having a great package works strongly in its favor. Georgia-Pacific’s Color-Box® packaging solution vibrantly communicates the Dark Horse story, value and brand.


    To learn more about Georgia-Pacific’s Color-Box® packaging, visit

    Read the full story on GP Corrugated and Dark Horse in Packaging Strategies magazine.

    Georgia-Pacific Cellulose Renews Support for UNICEF Water & Sanitation Programs in Rural China

    January 11, 2016

    GP Cellulose is renewing a two-year, $500,000 commitment to donate $1 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for every metric ton of Golden Isles® fluff pulp purchased by its customers in China. Through the GP Cellulose Green Hand® Project, these donations will help UNICEF improve water and sanitation facilities and support hygiene and nutrition programs in schools in the provinces of Chongqing, Guangxi and Xinjiang. Funds raised will help teach students proper hygiene practices and improve sanitation facilities – including toilets and hand-washing stations – in addition to training teachers on the importance of clean water, sanitation and hygiene practices.

    "GP Cellulose fluff products are used in more than 75 countries worldwide, including China, with a primary end-use in products that improve hygiene," said Pat Boushka, president of GP Cellulose." Our Green Hand® Project helps address the need for water, sanitation and hygiene for rural school children in China. By supporting UNICEF for the past two years, we are helping to bring about change and build stronger, more sustainable communities where we and our customers do business."

    For more information, visit:

    Georgia-Pacific's Innovation Institute® Enhances Capability

    February 9, 2015​

    In line with its commitment to providing customers with innovative packaging solutions, Georgia-Pacific enhanced the testing and development areas of the facility and completed the work to achieve LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. Enhancements include a new “wet” lab for paper testing, changes to allow for rapid prototyping and improved environmental chambers for pre-test conditioning of packaging materials.

    Originally built in 1991 as the Technology and Development Center, the Innovation Institute today serves as the company’s creative and collaborative environment dedicated to helping customers build brands, improve operations and optimize their packaging. The result is next generation packaging design and testing that can give customers the competitive advantage necessary in today’s market.

    “The Innovation Institute is a reflection of GP’s commitment to our customers in the areas of safety, sustainability, customer focus, innovation, quality and value creation – what we call our DNA,” said Jim DiAndreth, vice president – research and technology, Georgia-Pacific Packaging & Cellulose. “It’s not about simply staying on the cutting-edge of packaging technology, it’s about creating step-change innovation that creates real value for our customers.”

    To learn more about Georgia-Pacific’s Innovation Institute please visit



    Georgia-Pacific Hosts Workshop with Women In Technology

    December 9th, 2014

    In partnership with a local Women in Technology organization, Georgia-Pacific hosted a workshop for young women at its newly renovated Innovation Institute®. The attendees received advice from Ashlee Cribb, vice president of the GP Corrugated industrial packaging segment, on launching a successful career in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. They also received a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility to see technology demonstrated in practical situations.


    Georgia-Pacific Hosts Career Expo in Moss Point, MS

    July 26, 2014

    Georgia-Pacific held a Career Expo on Saturday, July 26 at Pelican Landing in Moss Point, MS.  Georgia-Pacific has 11 locations in Mississippi and nine in Alabama, including a variety of GP Packaging & Cellulose facilities:



    Representatives from the Alabama River Cellulose, Leaf River Cellulose, and Monticello mills were on site distributing information about the wide variety of GP careers, accepting resumes, and conducting interviews.

    At the conclusion of the Career Expo, GP made a product donation to the Moss Point Boys and Girls Club.

    GP is currently hiring for regional and national positions, with a focus on Engineering, Mechanical and Electrical, and all Entry Level roles. To learn more about careers at Georgia-Pacific, click here.

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    Georgia-Pacific Announces More Than $375 Million Investment in Brewton Mill

    August 4, 2014

    Georgia-Pacific has announced an investment of more than $375 million in an energy improvement project at its Brewton, Alabama, mill. All permits are in place for construction to begin in the next few months, and the project is expected to take approximately 24 months to complete.

    "Georgia-Pacific has a track record of investingGP-Brewton.jpg back into our business to help continuously improve our operations and meet the long-term needs of our customers, our company, our communities and our employees," said Jim Hannan, CEO and president, Georgia-Pacific. "This investment in our Brewton facility reflects our confidence in the Brewton team to continue to improve the competitiveness of this facility."

    "I'm proud of Georgia-Pacific's investment to improve the mill in Brewton. This shows the company's commitment to their employees and the state of Alabama," said Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. "This major investment will provide long-term and immediate benefits for Escambia County. During the construction phase hundreds of workers are projected to be on site daily which will have a positive impact on the local economy."

    The energy improvement project modernizes and streamlines the current mix of equipment in the mill's recovery boiler system, which will contribute to more efficient processes and operations.

    "We will become self-sufficient in terms of the energy needed for our processes," said Jeff Joyce, vice president and general manager, Brewton mill. "This will improve our competitive advantage and enhance the long-term viability of the mill."

    Among other benefits of the energy improvement project:

    • Improved reliability and energy efficiency
    • Workforce influx of approximately 600 (at peak) for construction
    • Positive short-term economic benefits to the surrounding community, particularly in the form of retail sales and lodging revenues from contractors

    "While we are now gearing up for construction, our teams have been planning and preparing for this project since 2013, including ordering equipment and pre-constructing some components," said Joyce. "We are very appreciative of the work of those teams and the support we have received from our community and local leaders in securing this project for our mill. We are proud to be here."

    Mayor Yank Lovelace, Sr., said, "We are thrilled to have Georgia-Pacific in our city, and this investment in Brewton affirms the company's commitment to our community. We have worked hard to support local industry and welcome economic growth that is the result."

    Escambia County Commission Chairman David Stokes, added, "This will make the Brewton mill competitive for generations to come, giving our people the opportunity to make a good living and raise their families here in Brewton."

    Teams at the Brewton mill produce white-top linerboard and solid bleached cartonboard. The mill is the largest employer in Brewton, with approximately 450 employees. In Alabama, Georgia-Pacific employs approximately 2,500 people directly, and those jobs create an additional 12,300 jobs indirectly. Total compensation and benefits for Georgia-Pacific Alabama employees is approximately $242 million directly, resulting in a broader economic impact of $695 million in combined wages and benefits.

    In recent years, Georgia-Pacific has invested $11 billion into operations across the country, including Alabama, where approximately $1.4 billion in capital has been invested to grow existing operations, acquire new operations, improve safety and environmental performance or delivery.

    GP Packaging & Cellulose Employees Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

    May 17, 2014

    GP Packaging & Cellulose Habitat for Humanity BuildAtlanta-based employees of the GP Packaging & Cellulose segment and the company's legal department volunteered their time on a recent Saturday to help build a Habitat for Humanity home in the Atlanta area. Employees worked alongside the homeowner to paint and install exterior finishing. This year's build marked GP's 25th Habitat for Humanity home build.

    About Habitat for Humanity International

    Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit

    Palatka Mill Announces Kraft Machine Paper Machine Upgrade

    June 20, 2014

    PALATKA, Fla. -- Georgia-Pacific’s Palatka Pulp and Paper Operations announced today that it will be investing approximately $20 million to upgrade major components of its No. 1 kraft paper machine. Planned upgrades will allow the mill to manufacture higher quality paper with more efficient utilization of natural resources.

    The No. 1 kraft machine produces brown paper primarily used in the manufacture of bags and multiwall sacks used for packaging sugar, pet foods and numerous other products. Upgrades are expected to be completed in the spring of 2015.

    The Palatka Mill’s No. 1 kraft paper machine began operation in 1948. This will be the largest investment in the Palatka Operations kraft mill since Georgia-Pacific acquired Hudson Pulp and Paper in 1980.

    The Palatka Mill operates two kraft paper machines, three paper machines manufacturing paper for bath tissue and paper towels, and a number of converting operations producing finished paper products ready for customers. Currently employing more than 900 area residents, the mill has been a key economic contributor in Putnam, Clay and St. Johns counties since it began operation in 1947.


    Pat Boushka Speaks at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Annual Meeting

    May 9, 2014


    GP Cellulose's Pat Boushka Speaks at US Fund for UNICEF Annual Meeting


    The U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s annual meeting brings together some of UNICEF’s strongest supporters and partners – from foundations to individuals to corporations. This year’s annual May mee​ting was held in New York City. Pat Boushka, President – GP Cellulose, had the honor of presenting GP Cellulose’s Green Hand® Project as a part of the U. S. Fund’s 2013 Annual Highlights Presentation panel. The Highlights Presentations showcased creative new ventures that are helping advance UNICEF’s mission: the survival, protection and development of children worldwide. To learn more about the Green Hand® Project, click here.





    Green Hand® Project Featured in Every Child Magazine

    April 25, 2014

    The U.S. Fund for UNICEF's magazine, Every Child, features updates on UNICEF's work and stories highlighting the efforts of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's partners and supporters.

    The Green Hand® Project was featured in the most recent edition of Every Child in "The Right Fluff," an article highlighting the partnership between GP Cellulose and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.  To read more from this edition of Every Child, click here.

    Big Island Brings Back American Chestnut

    April 23, 2014

    American_Chestnut.jpgAs part of Georgia-Pacific’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and support of the repopulation of the American chestnut tree, GP employees from the Big Island, Va., containerboard mill, alongside representatives from the American Chestnut Foundation, planted 60 American chestnut seedlings on designated Big Island property recently.

    The American chestnut nearly vanished in the early 1900's from a fast-spreading fungal disease. In 2011, GP and the American Chestnut Foundation planted 560 seedlings at the same location. However, some of the seedlings died due to mold after getting a lot of rain last summer.

    Dennis Austin, fiber manager at the containerboard plant, told media on-site at the event that he feels an obligation to help the species make a comeback and is optimistic about Big Island’s efforts.




    GP Makes Donation To Chamber Of Commerce

    April 3, 2014


    The Choctaw Sun-Advocate reports “Kelvin J. Hill, Vice-President of Georgia-Pacific’s Naheola operations, recently presented a $5,000 donation to Virginia Loftis, executive director of the Choctaw County Chamber of Commerce, in support of the organization’s operating budget. Georgia-Pacific officials said that the donation is part of the millʼs commitment to support the communities where the mill operates and their belief that a strong Chamber of Commerce adds value to the community.”

    Georgia-Pacific Leaf River Cellulose Recognized for Safety Excellence

    March 31, 2014

    Georgia-Pacific’s Leaf River Cellulose mill recently achieved a significant safety milestone when it celebrated operating more than 1 million work hours without a lost time accident. In recognition of the achievement, Georgia-Pacific Chief Executive Officer and President Jim Hannan presented employees with the company’s CEO Safety Excellence award at a celebration lunch on March 26.

    “One thing that’s consistent at facilities like Leaf River is that the commitment to safety is visible when you walk into the plant and when you talk to employees,” said Hannan. “That commitment is seen across the facility – not just in safety, but in every aspect of the operation.”

    Mill General Manager Arlis Hicks credits employees with not only being aware of working safely at all times, but of proactively looking for potential safety risks and working to eliminate them. “Working safely doesn’t just happen; it’s something we focus on every day. We have a dedicated group of employees that are not only committed to safety in the workplace, they also carry it home to their families,” he said. “Achieving this award is a significant milestone for our employees.”

    This is the fourth time Leaf River Cellulose has earned the CEO Safety Excellence Award with previous recognitions in 2006, 2007 and 2011.

    The Leaf River mill in New Augusta is one of six facilities in the GP Cellulose business which supplies fluff, market and filter pulps to customers globally. GP Cellulose’s fluff pulps are used for a variety of absorbent applications, including diapers and feminine hygiene products, as well as air-laid nonwovens, food-grade absorbent pads and a variety of specialty applications. Georgia-Pacific employs more than 1,600 employees in Mississippi, including more than 300 at the Leaf River mill in New Augusta.

    Georgia-Pacific’s CEO Safety Excellence Award recognizes the company’s manufacturing facilities that complete 1 million work hours or 24 consecutive months without a lost workday injury while focusing on leading indicators through the company’s Risk Management System. This award is part of the company’s disciplined approach to operating facilities in an efficient, safe and environmentally sound manner. Georgia-Pacific, like all Koch companies, has a strong culture of safety and corporate responsibility and strives for continuous improvement.

    Pictured above from left to right:Jason Dolbear, Frankie Yates, Lisa Tribble, Chase Thornton, Jim Hannan, Delissa Bunnell, Fenton Pope, Tony Welford, Brian Hill and Don Chivas.

    USDA Announces Paper Check-off Board Members

    March 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced via news release the appointment of the Paper Check-off Board members. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture makes the initial appointment of check-off boards, which are drawn from industry nominations and solicitation of interest by USDA.

    “We welcome the appointment of the Paper Check-off Board members. This announcement paves the way for the Board to begin its work in shaping the new promotional program intended to maintain and expand markets for paper and paper-based packaging,” said Paper Check-off Panel Chairman John Williams, president and CEO of Domtar.

    The Paper Check-off Board is representative of the various geographic regions for domestic manufacturers of the covered products, as well as importers. The individuals appointed to serve on the Paper Check-off Board are: Michael P. Doss (Graphic Packaging International); Bernd Eikens (UPM Paper ENA); Christian Fischer (Georgia-Pacific); Rodger D. Fuller (Sonoco Products Company); Brian E. Janki (Glatfelter); Mark W. Kowlzan (Packaging Corporation of America); Jennifer L. Miller (Sappi Fine Paper North America); Julie Schertell (Neenah Paper Inc.); Steven Voorhees (RockTenn); Michael A. Weinhold (Verso Paper Corp.); John D. Williams (Domtar); and Ann B. Wrobleski (International Paper).

    “We appreciate the efforts of USDA throughout the process and look forward to working with them as we begin the journey of the Paper Check-off,” said Williams.

    USDA published the final rule in January, which established the program and assessment calculations that began on March 1, 2014. Assessments are invoiced on a quarterly basis beginning March 30. The first meeting of the Paper Check-off Board of Directors is scheduled to take place March 25th, 2:30-6:00 p.m. in New York.* The board will begin the foundational work to initiate the program and will elect its officers.

    For more information about the program, visit

    Innovation Institute® Recognized in Atlanta Magazine

    February 6, 2014

    Trendy Atlanta hot spots are a common theme in Atlanta magazine, a monthly publication that covers
    Atlanta area commerce and local businesses, food, entertainment and the art scene. But who would have thought that Georgia-Pacific’s Innovation Institute® in Norcross, Ga., would be featured as a local entrepreneurial hot spot, among others, in Atlanta magazine’s February issue.

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    The Innovation Institute can take ideas from their concept to design to testing to the shelf, all under one roof. For example, if a company wants to reduce its packaging within its shipping process without damaging its product, the Innovation Institute can brainstorm, design, prototype, test, and analyze the new box in one facility, saving time and improving efficiency.

    Check out the article “Inside Track,” on the magazine’s website.

    U.S. Fund for UNICEF President & CEO Visits GP Cellulose

    November 21, 2013

    Georgia-Pacific Cellulose is teaming with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to help UNICEF improve water, sanitation and hygiene programs in China, and as part of this new relationship, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund, Caryl Stern, visited GP's Atlanta campus to share her experiences and talk about the partnership.  Following the presentation, Ms. Stern signed copies of her book, “I Believe in Zero,” that shares inspiring stories about mothers coming together around the world to make a change.




    GP Cellulose is currently supporting UNICEF through an initiative called the Green Hand® Project, which will help improve conditions in schools for approximately 15,000 school children in China. To learn more about UNICEF and the GP Cellulose Green Hand® Project, click here.





    Georgia-Pacific Wins 2013 AF&PA Sustainability Award

    November 4, 2013

    The American Forest & Paper Association presented Georgia-Pacific with a 2013 Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Award at the association’s annual meeting last week.

    Georgia-Pacific was honored with the Leadership in Sustainability Water Award for a water use reduction project at the Brunswick, Ga., cellulose mill. Click here to read a Q&A with Jay Wright, manager of compliance and technology at Brunswick’s GP Cellulose mill, as he shares some of the details of the award-winning project.

    “Georgia-Pacific is consistently a leader in innovation,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “Through best practices in manufacturing technology, Georgia-Pacific has achieved water use reductions that are particularly impactful in coastal Georgia, where the region’s primary drinking-water source is threatened in some areas by saltwater intrusion.”

    This marks GP’s second consecutive AF&PA Sustainability Award. The company was honored with the “Leaders in Sustainability” energy efficiency award for a comprehensive energy management program for its manufacturing facilities.

    The Brunswick project involved Georgia-Pacific installing a single-line bleach plant to replace three older pulp bleaching processes. The upgrade project resulted in a reduction in overall groundwater use of nearly 10 million gallons per day, or 30 percent of the mill’s total daily use, since the new equipment became fully operational in the first quarter of 2012. The project also allows for a smaller energy footprint and lower air emissions from energy production.

    “We’re honored to be recognized for this sustainability project and as a leader in innovative practices,” said Jim Hannan. “We’re always focused on opportunities to apply new process improvements that will help us conserve our natural resources and grow our business at the same time.”

    The AF&PA Sustainability Awards are designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives, and are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories.

    For more information about Georgia-Pacific’s Brunswick Cellulose Operation winning the 2013 AF&PA Sustainability Award, click here.

    Two Fire Departments Awarded 'Brigade' Grants from GP Containerboard Mills

    November 1, 2013


    This year, a record 55 fire departments will receive Georgia-Pacific's Bucket Brigade grants totaling $270,000, the largest annual amount given since our program began in 2006. We’re proud that the program has now reached the $1.25 million mark in cash grants to fire departments that serve Georgia-Pacific's facility communities across the country.

    In 2013, two GP Containerboard mills worked together with the Georgia-Pacific Foundation to contribute a total of $20,000 to their local communities' fire departments:



    • Cedar Springs: Early County Volunteer Fire Department
    • Monticello: Monticello Volunteer Fire Department 


    The grants, generally ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, are based on need and are funded by the Georgia-Pacific Foundation and local Georgia-Pacific facilities. The fire stations receiving grants this year spanned 21 states and requested funds to replace critical items such as worn out protective clothing, cracked helmets, aging hoses and nozzles and hand-held radios. This infographic shows how much it costs to train and equip a fire fighter.​


    Watch this video to hear more from our past Bucket Brigade winners and how the grants have made an impact in their communities.




    GP Cellulose Attends SINCE 2013

    October 30, 2013




    Thank you to all attendees who visited our GP Cellulose booth at SINCE 2013. This tradeshow was a great opportunity to showcase our innovative products such as Golden Isles CO™ Fluff Pulp and our full service customer technical support. We are also excited to share the announcement of our new relationship with UNICEF through the Green Hand® Project.



    The knowledge share we had through our many meetings with customers, prospective customers, and industry experts was very beneficial. We look forward to INDEX in April 2014 and hope to see you there.




    Cedar Springs Operations Hosts Water Ways Festival

    October 21, 2013

    Georgia-Pacific Cedar Springs held its 7th annual Water Ways Festival at Kolomoki Mounds State Park on Wednesday, Oct. 16. GP Cedar Springs organizes and sponsors the event in order to promote water conservation and stewardship and emphasize the importance of water to all living things.

    This year’s Water Ways Festival hosted over 200 fourth grade students from Early County Elementary School and Southwest Georgia Academy. There were 35 teachers, presenters and volunteers who helped lead 10 learning stations that provided fun, educational displays and lessons for the children. Another highlight of the event was the pontoon boat rides on the lake with the Kolomoki park staff.

    GP Cedar Springs' employees hosted a station that demonstrated how water is used in the paper-making process and explained GP’s approach to responsibly using natural resources, including water and trees. Kim Rumler, a Cedar Springs process engineer said, “It is important to me that our company practices good environmental stewardship and I want to share that message with the community, particularly with our young people.”


    Jennifer Griffin, an Early County Elementary School teacher, said, “We thank Georgia-Pacific for sponsoring a fun, educational experience that expands what we do in the classroom to teach children about our environment and natural resources, most especially water.”


    Click here to see local TV coverage of the event by WTVY.

    GP Corrugated Attends PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo

    October 20, 2013

    GP Corrugated participated in this year’s PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in New Orleans, La. This year marked the 13th year that GP Corrugated exhibited at this show to showcase our produce packaging solutions. Conventions such as the PMA Fresh Summit offer our sales teams the opportunity to connect with customers in a unique manner outside of their daily routines and better understand industry-driven trends.

    For more information about the PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo, including the 2014 date and location, click here.



    GP Cellulose Supports UNICEF Water and Sanitation Programs
    for Schools in Rural China

    October 14, 2013


    According to UNICEF, more than 25 percent of rural Chinese schools lack hand washing facilities and 17 percent have no water supply at all. The scarcity of adequate sanitation results in illness and missed school days, especially for girls.


    To address these needs, GP Cellulose announced it is supporting UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene programs in China through an initiative called Green Hand® Project, which will help improve conditions in schools for approximately 15,000 children.


    Through a two-year commitment, GP Cellulose will donate $1 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for every metric tonne of Golden Isles® fluff pulp purchased by its customers in China, with a maximum contribution of $500,000. These donations will help improve water and sanitation facilities and support hygiene and nutrition programs in Chinese schools in the provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi and Xinjiang.


    By working with UNICEF on this issue, we believe we can help bring about change and build stronger, more sustainable communities where we and our customers do business.


    "We are extremely grateful for GP Cellulose's campaign to support community-led efforts to create safe, sanitary and sustainable schools in China," said Tim Sutton, Deputy Representative for UNICEF China. "This will allow us to move closer to the goal of scaling up good water and sanitation practices in schools in cooperation with the Chinese government."


    At GP Cellulose, we believe good business isn't just about growth, it's about creating value. We believe in growing in a way that benefits our customers, our company and society as a whole.

    Cedar Springs Operations Celebrates Rich History, Golden Anniversary

    October 7, 2013


    Georgia-Pacific’s Cedar Springs operations marked its 50th anniversary on Friday, October 4 with a special celebration honoring past and present employees.

    Located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, the mill began as Great Southern Paper Company and produced its first roll of linerboard on September 30, 1963. Today, Cedar Springs is Georgia-Pacific’s largest containerboard facility and is recognized across the globe as a key, quality producer of a wide array of light and heavy weight kraft linerboard and corrugating medium, serving box packaging customer in the United States and internationally.


    Among the 600-plus current employees, retirees and guests in attendance at the golden anniversary event were 36 members of the start-up crew who worked to make the first roll of paper at what was then hailed as the world’s largest containerboard mill.


    An important milestone was achieved on December 25, 1987 when Cedar Springs’ employees first produced one million tons of paper in a single year – a world record at the time. A million tons of paper would fill over 15,000 rail cars that would line up 170 miles long if in one continuous train. The mill has since marked numerous other safety, production and environmental achievements.


    The facility was acquired by Georgia-Pacific in 1990. Currently, the Cedar Springs operation has about 520 employees and operates two linerboard machines and one medium machine to make paper for packaging and shipping containers. The machines are approximately the width of a two-lane highway. If stretched end to end, daily production would reach from Cedar Springs to Bangor, Maine (about 1,500 miles).


    Today the Cedar Springs facility is Early County’s largest employer and tax payer, and contributes to many community organizations, including the local school system, public library, chamber of commerce, Kolomoki Mounds State Park, and others.

    Georgia-Pacific Completes Acquisition of Buckeye Technologies Inc.

    Georgia-Pacific Completes Acquisition of Buckeye Technologies Inc.

    August 23, 2013

    For decades, Georgia-Pacific products have been a part of life at home and away from home, and now we will have a presence in many new and exciting products that may surprise you.

    Georgia-Pacific has completed the acquisition of Buckeye Technologies Inc., which we announced in April. The acquisition was valued at approximately $1.5 billion, including debt.

    Georgia-Pacific acquired all of the outstanding stock of Buckeye Technologies and now owns its five manufacturing facilities, global sales offices and headquarters. As Buckeye becomes a wholly owned subsidiary, former Buckeye employees (approximately 1,200) are now Georgia-Pacific employees.

    Specialty fibers and nonwovens made by teams at these operations are found in products such as LCD screens, high-performance tires, sausage casings, thickeners for food, pharmaceutical and industrial applications and filtration.

    Jim Hannan, CEO and president of Georgia-Pacific, said “We are very pleased to welcome the talented Buckeye employees to our company. They, along with Buckeye Technologies’ assets, innovation capabilities, advanced technologies, and specialty fibers and nonwovens businesses, provide a significant platform for continued growth and success for our cellulose and consumer products businesses.”

    “We are excited to finalize the acquisition,” said John Crowe, chairman and CEO, Buckeye Technologies. “This combination will be very good for a lot of people. Many Buckeye employees will have more opportunities; customers will have more options; community members will continue to have a company with a record of contributing in communities where they operate and, of course, shareholders get a very nice return.”

    For more information regarding this acquisition, please read the press release here.

    GP Toledo Hosts 3rd Annual Containerboard Boat Race

    August 17, 2013

    At Georgia-Pacific Containerboard, our commitment runs deep. Our commitment to our communities shined through as GP Containerboard’s Toledo, Ore., mill hosted its third annual containerboard boat race at the Port of Toledo in conjunction with the Port’s annual wood boat show. 

    Toledo Containerboard Boat Contest 

    The Toledo mill provided contestants with containerboard boat kits and a list of boat building rules such as “The entire hull substructure and seating MUST be made of non-coated corrugated containerboard,” and “ONLY seams and joints on the boat can be taped (not the entire boat).” Skepticism surrounds the idea that containerboard can float; however, by combining the contestants' creative design techniques and engineering skills with the strength and durability of GP Toledo's containerboard, most boats floated long enough to paddle a course the length of two football fields.



    Port manager at the Port of Toledo, Bud Shoemake, commented on the GP Containerboard race saying that "It has become a highlight for our show in three short years, growing from one boat the first year to 21 boats plus a barge this year. The Port of Toledo’s waterfront is adjacent to the mill, and we are happy to have GP represented at our show."

    For those interested in participating in the 2014 GP Containerboard Boat Race, please send an email to

    Youth Division
    First Place: Toledo Boat House 1
    Brandon B. and Jake B., Lebanon OR
    Second Place: Kokeel
    Justus D. and Phillip L., Toledo, OR
    Third Place: Community Services Consortium 1
    Robert R. and Shania R., Newport, OR
    Open Division
    First Place: Kokeel
    Larry and Justus Davis, Toledo, OR
    Second Place: GP-W
    Mike Reed and Willie Worman
    Third Place: GP-K
    Toby Landis and Karl Schumacher
    Best Design
    First Place: Georgia-Pacific
    Second Place: Olalla Center
    Heather Fortner, Bruce Cowen and students of the Toledo Summer Kids Club
    Best Sinking:
    First Place: HMS Dongle

    GP Cellulose’s Brunswick Mill to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

    July 11, 2013

    On July 20, 2013, GP Cellulose’s Brunswick Mill will celebrate 75 years of continuous operations and success. The Brunswick Cellulose mill excels in capital reinvestment, technological and environmental advances and the production of world class Golden Isles® fluff pulp used by many of the world’s leading manufacturers of absorbent products.

    The idea for a paper mill in Brunswick was born in 1929 and is considered the brainchild of George Mead (Mead Corporation) and Thomas McCabe (Scott Paper Company). By spring of 1936, Mead and McCabe had selected Brunswick as the site of the new paper mill and mill production began in 1938. The location choice was simple: good labor supply, vast forest reserves, proximity to ocean and rail lines and a cooperative community.


    Those factors, so important in the 1930’s, are as valid today as then. To celebrate the mill’s success and the community that has made it possible, GP Cellulose will host a 75th Anniversary celebration with attendance by community leaders, employees, their families and retirees from as far back as 1941.

    GP Packaging Employee Wins SFI Photo Contest

    April 26, 2013

    The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) was created in 1994 to be one of the U.S. forest sector’s contributions to the vision of sustainable development. Georgia-Pacific is a founding/charter member of the SFI. Today the organization is an ‘independent, non-profit organization responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving a sustainable forestry certification program that is internationally recognized and is the largest single forest standard in the world.’ GP does not own any forest lands, but this organization helps to ensure that the vendors that we partner with run their organization in a manner that is in line with our beliefs for maintaining sustainability.

    In 2013, the SFI hosted a national photo contest, and GP’s very own employee, Curtis Wheat, won in the category of “SFI Labeled Products.” For the contest, photos could be entered in one of six categories that included:

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    • Biodiversity
    • Conservation
    • Scenic Forestry
    • Harvesting
    • Community
    • SFI Labeled Products

    Wheat works as a packaging designer at the Waxahachie, Texas packaging plant. The Waxahachie plant serves a diversified base of customers in the Southwestern United States and Mexico with innovative products, consistent quality, and dependable service and delivery. Wheat’s dedication to quality photography demonstrates GP Packaging’s commitment to quality in everything we do.

    Being environmentally responsible is an essential part of our DNA at GP. We are constantly working to minimize any adverse impact on the environment. To read more about Georgia-Pacific’s long history with being a sustainable company visit our sustainability website.

    GP Cellulose Attends IDEA 13

    April 25, 2013

    Thanks to all attendees who visited the GP Cellulose booth at IDEA 13. This tradeshow was a great opportunity to share our innovative products with the industry, such as Golden Isles CO™ Fluff Pulp. We benefitted greatly from the knowledge shared through our meetings with current customers, prospective customers, and industry experts. We look forward to our next tradeshow in October 2013 and hope to see you there.

    GP Cellulose To Acquire Buckeye Technologies Inc.

    April 24, 2013

    Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI) and Georgia-Pacific LLC today announced that they have reached a definitive agreement for Georgia-Pacific to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Buckeye Technologies’ common stock for $37.50 per share in cash. The transaction, subject to completion, is valued at approximately $1.5 billion, including debt.

    For more information regarding this acquisition, please read the press release here.

    Message from GP Cellulose President, Pat Boushka

    Training for an Emergency

    The Brunswick News, February 8, 2013

    Wearing hazardous materials suits, Georgia Pacific Plant Emergency Organization team members Steve Tupper, left, and Danny Smith work on a hazardous leak scenario during training at the City of Brunswick training site Thursday. Twelve members of the Georgia Pacific emergency team began a week of hazardous materials, fire and rescue training at the site Monday. Four shifts will spend a week each on their annual training with the city fire department.





    GP Corrugated Supports CPS Initiative to Look Closer at Produce Safety

    April 5, 2012

    The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) is a collaborative partnership that leverages the combined expertise of industry, government and the scientific and academic communities to focus on providing research needed to continually enhance food safety. This level of collaboration allows CPS to fill the knowledge gaps on produce food safety.

    Read more about GP Corrugated Supporting CPS

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