Georgia-Pacific Investing $18 Million at Camden, Texas, Plywood Mill

Georgia-Pacific’s Camden Plywood facility can trace it history all the way back to the late 1800s, and the plant is still going strong. Camden Plywood is not only one of the top plywood producing facilities in the South but is also one of GP’s largest plywood operations.

To keep the plant viable for years to come, GP has announced that it is investing $18 million in upgrades that will modernize the facility and help increase efficiency, according to Kicks 105 (5-23-23). The capital improvements will focus on three different projects beginning with the plant’s dryer.

In an interview with Kicks 105, Camden Plywood Plant Manager George Standley said, “We are rebuilding our dryer, which is close to 40-years old. The dryer is the heart and soul of plywood operations and is one of the most important stages of production. Controlling veneer’s moisture content is critical to producing a quality product.” The dryer project is expected to be completed this month.

While the dryer is being reconditioned, Camden Plywood will also undergo a project to modernize its stenciling and strapping operation. Currently performed manually, this job will soon be automated as the plant introduces robotic strapping and stenciling system. The innovative technology will be installed in mid to late June.

Finally, later in the summer Camden Plywood will wrap up its capital improvement projects by introducing its robotic patch system. These robots are designed to detect and repair imperfections in wood veneer during production.

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