Georgia-Pacific Shuts Plant, Lays Off 285
CEDAR SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) _ Rising log costs led Georgia-Pacific Corp. Friday to close its plywood plant in Cedar Springs, Ga., putting 285 people out of work.
Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific told employees and union officials of the decision to permanently close the southwest Georgia facility. The plant stopped production immediately.
″Log costs in this area have risen to a point where the plant no longer can purchase the available logs at market prices and remain competitive,″ said plant manager Mike Wibbens.
Georgia-Pacific spokeswoman Sheila Weidman said the company will try to place as many of the laid off workers as possible at a nearby pulp and paper mill, but she did not know how many will be given new jobs.