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Georgia-Pacific Shuts Plant, Lays Off 285

May 6, 1994

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.

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