Georgia-Pacific sells plants in Miss., South Carolina, Georgia

Published 6:14 pm Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Georgia-Pacific Corp. wood product mills in Eupora, Louisville, Oxford and Taylorsville have been sold to Roseburg Forest Products Co., the companies announced Monday.

The deal also includes mills in Russellville, S.C., and Vienna, Ga.

The acquisition, scheduled to be complete by Dec. 1, will make Roseburg one of the largest manufacturers of particleboard products in the U.S.

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“Acquiring GP’s particleboard, melamine and cut-up facilities gives us a better ability to meet our customers’ needs for growth throughout the country,” said Allyn Ford, Roseburg’s owner and president.

The mills make particleboard and, in the case of Oxford and Eupora, related products such as thermally fused melamine and cut-to-size panels.

Customers include furniture and cabinet manufacturers, panel laminators, mobile home manufacturers and retail home centers.

About 750 employees work at the six mills. Ford said Roseburg plans to hire most of the workers.

Roseburg Forest Products Co., based in Roseburg, Ore., is a family owned manufacturer of lumber, particleboard, softwood plywood, engineered wood products and specialty panels. It has land and facilities in California, Montana and Oregon. The company was established in 1936 by the Ford family.

Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of tissue, packaging, paper, pulp and building products and related chemicals. The company employs about 50,000 people at more than 300 locations in North America, South America and Europe.