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Georgia-Pacific shutting down multiple operations in Camas; as many as 300 jobs affected

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Georgia-Pacific is shutting down multiple operations in Camas in a decision that will affect as many as 300 jobs.

The company announced plans Tuesday to restructure its operations in Camas.

Georgia-Pacific will be permanently shutting down its communication papers machine, fine paper converting assets, pulping operations and related equipment in Camas next year.

Crews will continue to operate the facility over the next several months, with the shut downs scheduled to take place in the second quarter of 2018.

The company will continue to “operate and invest” in the mill for its tissue manufacturing and converting capacity. Around 120 to 140 employees will continue to operate the tissue assets and converting lines, according to a company statement.

Georgia-Pacific reports that discussions are underway with union leaders and salaried staff about the employees affected by the closures, including severance and benefits for those who lose their jobs.

“Camas employees have done an excellent job operating and maintaining the communication papers assets for as long as they have. However, economic impacts from the continuing decline in demand for communication papers make it necessary to discontinue operations for uncoated freesheet at Camas. Georgia-Pacific will continue manufacturing communication papers at our Port Hudson, Louisiana, facility,” said Mike Adams, president of GP PRO and Communication Papers.

Customers served by Camas will be transitioned to the Louisiana facility.

 “We know this will be difficult for Camas employees and their families who ultimately will be affected by this decision. We are committed to work with employees to find ways to minimize the difficulty as best we can. But we also know the professionalism of our team and know that they will continue to operate safely for each other and the community,” said Monty Brown, vice president for GP’s consumer products paper operations. “I want to personally thank the team in advance for their dedication through this challenging time.”

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