Resolute Forest Products plans to put up a new distribution center at its Calhoun, Tenn., production site as the company grows its tissue business. The 300,000-square-foot distribution center under construction will provide storage for tissue products made at the mill, said Debbie Johnston, the company's director of U.S. public affairs. The goods later will be shipped to Resolute's retail customers, she said. Johnston said the center, slated for completion in August, will employ more than 30 people. She said construction of the center is the latest phase of $400 million Resolute is spending when it announced it was entering the tissue market in 2015. Click Read More below for additional information.
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.”