Georgia Pacific to shut down Monroe County plant

Published 10:20 am Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Georgia-Pacific has announced it will lay off 300 workers and shut down its plywood mill in Peterman in mid-January.

A spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based company blamed the closure on a sluggish economy and a downturn in the housing industry.

The company said displaced workers will not be offered severance packages because they expect to restart the mill in the future.

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Economic development officials are planning to hold job fairs to keep skilled employees in the area.

Georgia-Pacific’s paper mills in Brewton and Pennington will not be affected.

Peterman is located in Monroe County.