Georgia Pacific announced over the past weekend (5/2) that it plans on ceasing operations at its DeQuincy Louisiana sawmill operation within the next 60-days. The mill will remain in idle status with the hopes that the markets for lumber will improve and production could be restarted. To that end GP intends to keep a small crew on staff to maintain the facility. GP spokesperson, Yana Ogletree, said, “When you think about the worldwide pandemic with COVID-19 and the strain that it’s put on the construction market, it’s caused a severe change in future lumber and what that demand is. And although it seems like we have made some progress as a country and world as a whole, lumber is not expected to return to pre-pandemic rates for quite some time.” The 188 employees at the facility are being encouraged to apply for open positions at other GP facilities.
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Georgia-Pacific announces it is ‘ceasing operations’ at lumber facility in DeQuincy