Paper and tissue products maker Georgia-Pacific (GP) Consumer Products recently wrapped up a $100 million expansion project at its production facility in Bowling Green, KY. A ribbon cutting event was held on November 16 to mark the completion of the 80,000-sq-ft addition to the plant, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced in a release.
The expansion enables GP to boost its capacity for Dixie brand plates and bowls. GP’s Bowling Green facility, located in the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park, manufactures about 25% of the firm’s paper plate and bowl products.
“This investment is about our customers and consumers, and I am incredibly proud of our Bowling Green team and excited about this growth and expansion,” David Duncan, EVP for GP’s Consumer Products Group, said in a statement. “Demand is strong and growing for our Dixie plates and bowls, and this expansion will allow us to produce more of those products that are valued for their unique combination of convenience and performance.”
About 70 new full-time jobs will be created at the facility as a result of the investment.
GP also operates a Dixie facility in Lexington, KY. Over the past seven years, the company has invested over $200 million in its Kentucky operations.
Last January, Powder & Bulk Solids reported that GP invested $145 million to expand its Dixie plant in Darlington, SC. The company said it planned to install new machinery, including a plate printing press, and build a new warehouse at the site.