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    News & Events Archive - 2014


    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.​​​​