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Georgia-Pacific Expands And Upgrades Brewton, Alabama, Plant

Georgia-Pacific will invest $50 million to upgrade its paperboard machine at the company’s mill in Brewton, Alabama. The expansion follows the completion of a $388 million energy improvement project that involved two years of construction.

The Brewton mill produces white-top linerboard and solid bleached cartonboard. The mill is the largest employer in Brewton, with approximately 450 employees.

Slated to begin in late summer, Georgia-Pacific said the new project in Escambia County will rebuild part of the machine and improve the quality of the mill’s white-top linerboard product, increasing the facility’s competitiveness.

“The investments in Brewton, and across Alabama, drive home our focus on continuously improving operations and meeting the needs of our customers, our company and communities for the long term,” Georgia-Pacific President & CEO Christian Fischer said. “I’m proud of the hard work and dedication from our 450 Brewton employees and I’m confident that the mill is positioned for continued success,” he said.

According to state officials, the company modernized and streamlined the mix of equipment in the mill’s recovery boiler system and now provides the mill with the ability to generate its own energy using natural gas and biofuel residuals from the paper-making process.

“Georgia Pacific’s total investment of $438 million to grow and expand its business is a testament to the continued opportunity for the success of economic investment in Alabama. Our state is a great place to live, work and to raise a family,” Governor Kay Ivey said.

“I am committed to continuing to work with existing businesses, like Georgia-Pacific, and to attract new ones to invest here. It’s a new day in Alabama and we’re open for business,” she added.

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