GP Announces Sterling Lumber SYP Mill Closure

Originally published by: Atlanta Business ChronicleFebruary 7, 2019
by Jessica Saunders

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About 120 workers were affected when Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific LLC closed its Sterling lumber sawmill in Glynn County, Ga.

The closure was effective Feb. 1. 

"Although lumber production at our Sterling Lumber mill was adequate — we continued to have challenges with log procurement and do not foresee improvements in the market to allow for profitable operations," Georgia-Pacific spokesman Rick Kimble said in an email.

Georgia-Pacific will ensure all employees will be paid all earned wages and provided all agreed upon benefits at the time of their discharge, Kimble wrote. "In addition we will be working with local resources and holding job fairs to assist the employees."

The plant had been in operation since 1982, The Brunswick News reported. Employees were told Jan. 31 that the plant would cease operations immediately, and that they would be paid and receive all benefits through April 2, it said. Read more here.

Also last month, the tissue, pulp, packaging and building products manufacturer announced it was exiting the communication papers business, affecting 650 jobs at its Port Hudson, La., facility. The company made the decision following an assessment of its long-term competitive position in a declining market, it said in an announcement. The company will permanently shut down the communication papers machines, related converting assets, the woodyard, pulp mill and a significant portion of the energy complex at the Port Hudson facility.

In addition to the 650 jobs at the facility in Port Hudson, the business line exit affected 49 business and sales jobs, the company said.

Georgia-Pacific will continue to operate and invest in the Port Hudson mill to support its growing consumer tissue and towel business, it said.

The company closed a plywood mill in Warm Springs, Ga., effective Dec. 17, affecting 321 people.