Georgia-Pacific plans lumber, plywood capacity expansion in Gurdon, Arkansas; considers US$55M investment to increase lumber production by 60%, add 10 mmsf to plywood mill's annual dryer production capacity

LOS ANGELES , June 9, 2014 () – Georgia-Pacific LLC is considering a US$55 million investment to expand lumber and plywood capacity at its plants in Gurdon, Arkansas, according to a report by The Daily Siftings Herald.

The proposed investments, which are in the final planning stages, would increase the capacity of the lumber mill by around 60%, and include the of a new continuous dry kiln, planer mill, and site infrastructure upgrades.

Upgrades to the plywood mill would include increasing the efficiency and capacity of a veneer dryer, emissions reduction and an increase to the annual dryer production capacity of 10 million sq. ft. (3/8 in. basis).

Mark Luetters, executive BP for Georgia-Pacific building products, said that, with a slow and steady improvement in the housing market, the investments would enable GP to provide customers with the products they needed as they continued to ramp up operations.

GP has eight facilities in Arkansas, of which five are part of the building products division. The company employs around 2,700 people in Arkansas, with approximately 630 people at the Gurdon operations.

The primary source of this atticle is The Daily Siftings Herald, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, on June 5, 2014. The original article can be viewed here.

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