Georgia-Pacific to permanently close Foley Cellulose mill in Perry, Florida, saying GP does not believe mill can 'competitively serve its customers in the long-term'; closure will affect all 525 workers, though production will continue for a limited time

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September 18, 2023 (press release) –

September 18, 2023

Perry, Florida – Georgia-Pacific employees at the Foley Cellulose mill in Perry, Florida, were informed today that Georgia-Pacific plans to permanently close the facility.

Various factors influenced this difficult decision. Ultimately, GP does not believe that the mill can competitively serve its customers in the long term despite the significant investments and commitment by GP Cellulose since the site was acquired in 2013. This is a strategic decision that was made prior to Hurricane Idalia and is not a reflection of the hard work and effort of the Foley team.

All the approximately 525 jobs at the mill will be impacted by this closure. Production will continue for a limited time as the site works to fulfill as many customer commitments as possible. The mill plans a safe and orderly shutdown.

Georgia-Pacific’s focus in the coming weeks and months is to continue to safely operate while supporting our employees during the transition.

Georgia-Pacific thanks its employees at Foley for their hard work and commitment and will work with them to provide access to local support agencies and job placement resources, including available opportunities within Georgia-Pacific or other Koch companies.



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