$50 Million Investment Will Retain Jobs and Increase Energy Efficiency
GREEN BAY – Governor Jim Doyle today announced that Georgia-Pacific is investing $50 million to create a state-of-the-art recycling system that will retain high-paying, high-quality jobs in Wisconsin and greatly improve energy efficiency.
“Georgia-Pacific has been a national leader in recycling for more than 70 years, starting in the 1930s when its Broadway facility in Green Bay began collecting wastepaper and using recycled fibers to make tissue products,” Governor Doyle said. “This $50 million investment is an investment in the continued growth and expansion of the paper industry, and the economic stability of this region and all of Wisconsin.”
As part of his Grow Wisconsin agenda, Governor Doyle is investing $150 million over the next 10 years to help businesses, farmers, foresters, and manufacturers produce and promote renewable energy.
The technology in Georgia-Pacific’s new recycling system will reduce water use by up to 1 million gallons per day and greatly improve the Broadway mill’s energy efficiency system. The company will retain over 160 jobs related to fiber processing in the Green Bay area and contract over 100 full-time jobs through local companies.
Georgia-Pacific has been producing paper in Wisconsin for more than 100 years and over the past four years has invested more than $100 million in modernizing and updating its equipment. Its Broadway mill in Green Bay uses approximately 475,000 tons of recycled wastepaper a year to make brand name products.
Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals. The company has approximately 300 manufacturing facilities across North America, South America and Europe, ranging from large pulp, paper and tissue operations to gypsum plants, box plants and building products complexes. Georgia-Pacific employs more than 2,700 people in Green Bay.