Georgia-Pacific to dismiss 650 workers at Port Hudson paper mill (WAFB)

Georgia-Pacific announced Thursday morning that they will leave the paper business, effectively laying off more than 600 workers at its plant in Port Hudson.

A spokesperson for Georgia-Pacific, Kelly Fergison, said the company will permanently shut down all paper machines, as well as its wood yard and pulp mill.

Employees are told they will stay on through March, at which point they will cease production.

They said they are not completely shutting down the facility. Roughly 300 employees will stay on as part of its consumer tissue and towel business.

Georgia-Pacific said this is not due to poor performance in Port Hudson, instead citing a declining market.

In a statement, Georgia-Pacific president Mike Adams said, “We will be working closely with our printing and writing customers during this time of transition.”

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