News and Awards
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.
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 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.
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.
GP Cellulose Supports UNICEF Water and Sanitation Programs
for Schools in Rural China
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Toledo.BoatRace@gapac.com.
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
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
First Place: Georgia-Pacific
Second Place: Olalla Center
Heather Fortner, Bruce Cowen and students of the Toledo Summer Kids Club
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:
- Scenic Forestry
- 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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