G-P's new board mill to hire 150ATLANTA

-- Georgia-Pacific says it will begin hiring 150 employees April 11 to work at its oriented strand board mill in Clarendon, SC, now entering the final construction phase.
"We expect it will take most of this year to complete construction on the plant," said Mark Luetters, president – Georgia-Pacific wood products. Start-up is planned for December 2011. "Having now operated an identical plant at Allendale, we believe we will be able to quickly and efficiently begin producing OSB," Leutters said, noting Georgia-Pacific will spend an additional $30 million to complete the facility.

The mill was part of the acquisition last May from Grant Forest Products that also included an operating plant at Allendale, SC, and another operating plant at Englehart, ON. The acquisition totaled approximately $400 million.

"Clarendon will enable us to expand our product offerings," said Clarence Young, VP – structural panels sales and marketing. Georgia-Pacific OSB products include BlueRibbon rated sheathing and sub-floor, Thermostat radiant barrier sheathing, DryGuard sub-floor and Nautilus wall sheathing with pre-applied house wrap, plus larger panels used in manufactured home production.

Applications are accepted at www.gp.com/careers and through One Stop Workforce at www.slworkforcedev.org beginning April 11.

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