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Georgia-Pacific reopens Mississippi plants


September 19, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Some much-needed good news has come out of Mississippi. Hurricane Katrina has left an abundance of damaged timber i…

Some much-needed good news has come out of Mississippi. Hurricane Katrina has left an abundance of damaged timber in its wake, so much in fact, that it has prompted Georgia-Pacific to restart two sawmills in the region to salvage the material. The facilities, the Gloster plywood plant and the Roxie lumber mill, are expected to reopen their doors by the end of the year, creating 500 direct, and an additional 1,000 indirect jobs in the process.

The company has joined forces with state forestry officials as well as private landowners to glean timber ravaged by the storm so it can be used in forest products manufacturing in the region. When the two facilities open up, they will initially rely on hurricane-damaged timber to meet their needs for logs.

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