Georgia-Pacific to invest nearly $100M to expand facility in Bowling Green; 50 new jobs

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products Group announced Wednesday that it would expand its facility in the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park in Bowling Green. This project will involve a close to $100 million capital investment which will create 50 new jobs and add an additional 80,000 s.f. to their facility.

Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading makers of tissue, pulp, packaging, building products and related chemicals. Creating well known household brands such as Brawny paper towels, Quilted Northern bath tissue and Dixie cups and tableware. They have approximately 35,000 employees worldwide, they’ve invested $13.5 billion into operations since 2006 with nearly 200 locations globally. Ninety percent of Georgia-Pacific’s earnings are reinvested back into business for growth including education, enrichment, environment and entrepreneurship.

“Georgia-Pacific’s investment of $100 million demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to the commonwealth and the Bowling Green community,” Gov. Matt Bevin said. “For nearly three decades, the Dixie facility has served up opportunities for Kentuckians, and this latest announcement of more than 50 new full-time jobs will provide our highly-skilled workforce with even more pathways to success. Georgia-Pacific produces some of the world’s most iconic household name brands, and we are grateful they have found an enduring home here in Kentucky, America’s engineering and manufacturing center of excellence.”

“We are excited to expand production at Bowling Green,” said Jimmy Lindsay, plant director at the Bowling Green Dixie production facility. “This is a great plant with an excellent safety record, modern facilities and a highly-skilled and qualified workforce. This investment is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our workforce to continuously create value for our customers and the community.”

Georgia-Pacific has been a member of South Central Kentucky’s business community since 1992, with two locations in Kentucky, Bowling Green and Lexington. They currently employ about 150 people at their location in the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park.

“Georgia-Pacific is a valuable operation in the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park and a tremendous asset to this community,” said Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ron Bunch. “They are an integral part of our region’s diverse economy, we are excited to announce this expansion and look forward to their many more years of success in our community.”

“Congratulations to Georgia-Pacific on this great project. This expansion will have an economic impact of over $194 million over the next ten years in South Central Kentucky,” said Warren County judge-executive Mike Buchanon. “We are grateful for businesses like Georgia-Pacific that continue to invest in our community and our economy.”

“We celebrate with Georgia-Pacific on this new facility expansion,” said Bowling Green Mayor, Bruce Wilkerson. “Georgia-Pacific’s global footprint is seen right here in Bowling Green; we are proud to have them here and are excited for their continued investment and growth.”

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has closed four economic development projects totaling $114 million in capital investment and 614 new jobs for 2019. This is the sixth consecutive year for Bowling Green to be ranked as a top tier-2 metropolitan area in the US by Site Selection Magazine.

Bowling Green’s rankings remain steady after climbing from number six in 2013, to number four in 2014, to number two the last three years and now to a first place finish. Bowling Green was also ranked 2018’s ‘Best Place to Live in Kentucky’ by TIME.com.

For more information on Georgia Pacific, visit www.GP.com.

A detailed community profile for Warren County can be viewed here.

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