WASHINGTON (From news reports) -- Georgia-Pacific has announced the acquisition of property in Centralia, saying in a news release it intends to expand its corrugated packaging operations in the Pacific Northwest.
"Georgia-Pacific's corrugated business has strong relationships with produce and e-commerce customers, and a new facility will help us serve these growing customer segments," said Travis Dawson, vice president of the west region for the corrugated business. "The solid performance of our Olympia plant gives us confidence in the ability to expand business in the region."
The newly acquired property in Centralia is convenient to the I-5 corridor and would complement the company's existing operation in Olympia, the company said.
"The Economic Alliance of Lewis County is excited to have Georgia-Pacific expand to our community. They have a long history of collaboration in working to support families in the Pacific Northwest," said Richard DeBolt, executive director of the alliance.
In the news release, the company said expansion plans are still in the early stages.
"Expansion plans are still in the early stages. Once plans are solidified, it is expected a new facility would create about 85 new jobs," the company wrote.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia‐Pacific is a integrated packaging supplier providing a range of packaging solutions across the U.S., including containerboard, corrugated boxes and sheets, recyclable mailers for e-commerce, high-graphic packaging through our Color-Box® business and digital print for packaging through our Hummingbird® business.
The company's recycling subsidiary is among the world's largest traders of paper, metal and plastics, contributing to a paper recovery rate of just over 65 percent and a corrugated recovery rate of about 90 percent in the U.S., according to the company.