BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Georgia-Pacific said consumers aren't buying as much copy paper anymore, forcing it to lay off nearly 700 people at a Louisiana mill.
Company spokesman Kelly Ferguson said meeting the demand for office paper isn't a viable business long term as society continues to shift toward electronic communications.
The Advocate reports that around 300 people will continue working at the Port Hudson mill, producing toilet tissue and paper towels. The company says it will permanently shut down its office paper production assets, wood yard, pulp mill and most of its energy-generating complex by mid-March.
The newspaper said Georgia-Pacific will work with union leaders and salaried staff on how to best shut down the divisions and find work for employees at other company-owned facilities.
“We stand in solidarity with the employees of Georgia-Pacific during this difficult time," said Gov. Edwards. "Our Louisiana Workforce Commission and Louisiana Economic Development teams will assist Georgia-Pacific employees in every way possible to use all resources to identify new jobs for laid-off workers and to assist them and their families. This is a difficult situation we will work through together. Despite this, Louisiana’s economy is strong and growing, and there are many employment opportunities we can capture to re-employ the talented and dedicated manufacturing workers at Georgia-Pacific.”