2017-10-18 / Front Page

National Forest Products Week

GP joins recognition & celebrates 90 years!
By Peggy H. Jaye
Public Affairs Manager

During October, Georgia-Pacific and its Cedar Springs operations join others across the country in recognizing National Manufacturing Month and National Forest Products Week.

Georgia-Pacific celebrated 90 years in business Sept. 29 and we’re proud of our longstanding history as a manufacturer.

We’ve come a long way since our 1927 beginnings as a small lumber yard in Augusta, Ga. While we’ve weathered many changes over nearly a century, today our company is stronger than ever.

Throughout Georgia-Pacific, we have 200 facilities and 35,000 hardworking employees, and we make many useful products like paper towels, bath tissue and corrugated boxes, primarily from wood.

Our company is headquartered in Atlanta, and we have 19 facilities and 7,200 employees across the state of Georgia. This includes our containerboard facility at Cedar Springs, in Early County, where we have 500 employees.

We’ve invested more than $1.8 billion in our Georgia facilities to improve safety, foster innovation, modernize operations, and boost environmental performance.

Georgia- Pacific’ s 35,000 jobs in the U.S. generate wages and benefits for another 60,000 people — which results in a combined economic value of more than $300 billion — not including the billions of dollars of goods and services we purchase.

During National Manufacturing Month, we’re celebrating what it means to be an American manufacturer — great people making great products. That’s the heart of our company, and Georgia-Pacific is proud of the highly skilled men and women who make our many products.

The third week of October is designated as National Forest Products Week, which Congress began in 1960 to recognize the contributions of forest products manufacturers to the lives of all American citizens.

During the 57th annual National Forest Products Week, Oct. 15 - 21, forest product manufacturers and organizations throughout the value chain are joining to celebrate the many ways trees enrich our lives, and we renew our commitment to protect and sustain our forests.

America’s 750 million acres of forests create opportunities for recreation and habitats for wildlife, and wood and paper products play an integral role in our nation’s economy and our daily lives.

The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 930,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states.

Paper and wood products manufacturers rank among the country’s top ten employers and utilize renewable, recyclable materials in innovative and highly efficient processes to efficient processes to make products Americans rely on today and will need tomorrow.

According to the Georgia Forestry Commission, there are 151 wood processing mills in Georgia and 47 counties rank the forest products industry as a significant employer. Forest-related industries inject $23.6 billion and 108,112 jobs into the state’s economy, making it Georgia’s second largest employer.

Compensation for forest industry employees and supporting businesses exceeds $5.4 billion per year, and forest management and supply to mills by landowners and forest managers generate $900 million in output (mill gate value).

Of Georgia’s 37 million acres of land area, 24.8 million acres is forest land. Of this, 24.4 million acres is timberland available for commercial use - more than any other state in the nation, according to the Georgia Forestry Commission.

For more than a century, these forests have turned Georgia’s most plentiful, renewable natural resource – trees – into jobs and tax dollars, cleaning the state’s air and water in the process.

For many years Georgia-Pacific has practiced and promoted sustainable forestry by managing forests in a way that ensures there will be abundant, healthy and diverse forests in the future.

Our wood and fiber sourcing team balances long-term fiber requirements with social, environmental and economic values, and we demonstrate stewardship through responsible forestry practices.

We salute those who grow and manage America’s healthy forests, as we recognize the men and women employed in the forest products industry for the many useful products that improve our lives. We also salute the 12.4 million manufacturing workers in the United States who are engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products that are valued across the globe.

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