GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — On Wednesday, Georgia Pacific broke ground on a $500 million addition to its Green Bay plant on South Broadway. The company will add a new papermaking complex to the plant which is expected to be completed in 2024.
The complex will include a new paper machine using air drying technology, together with associated converting equipment, buildings and infrastructure. Georgia Pacific unveiled the investment in December last year, saying it should help grow its toilet paper and napkin retail business. The Green Bay Broadway plant currently operates seven paper machines and a number of converting operations to manufacture toilet paper, paper towels, napkins and facial tissue for retail and out-of-home uses.
Company executives say more than 100 new jobs will be created to operate the new complex, in addition to the more than 800 employees already working at the plant. Tim Ellsworth, vice president of manufacturing for Georgia Pacific’s Green Bay operations, said many of those jobs will be filled by workers who were impacted by the recent closure of its Day Street plant.
“This facility was no longer competitive, it’s an older facility and the good news is that 80% of those employees are in the process of transferring here and joining us as part of this facility,” Ellsworth said. .
Brands manufactured by Georgia-Pacific include Quilted Northern, Angel Soft, Brawny, Dixie, enMotion, Sparkle and Vanity Fair.