TALLADEGA, Ala. – Georgia-Pacific will make a comeback in Talladega, County. The company announced today a new lumber production facility in the city of Talladega.

According to the company website, construction on the $100 million, 300,000-square-foot, technologically advanced plant is scheduled to begin immediately with an anticipated startup in late 2018. Once it is fully operational, the plant will employ more than 100 full-time employees and generate an estimated $5 million in annual payroll.

“The availability of talent and natural resources makes Talladega an ideal site for this new lumber production facility,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Lumber. “The City of Talladega, Talladega County, and the State of Alabama have been incredibly supportive of this new venture and we look forward to a long and beneficial relationship.”

The plant will be located at Georgia-Pacific’s former plywood plant that closed in 2008 after more than 30 years of operation.

The new facility will receive about 150 log trucks a day and produce approximately 230 million board-feet of lumber a year, with plans to expand production to 300 million board-feet per year in the future.

Georgia Pacific is also looking for similar opportunities in Georgia, Texas and Mississippi.

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