ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Construction for a new state of the art lumber production facility in Albany is officially underway.
City leaders broke ground on the new Georgia Pacific facility Tuesday.
With $150 million dollars down and more than 300-thousand square feet, Georgia Pacific’s new lumber production facility will bring jobs and developments to the Albany-Dougherty County community.
“We are making a long-term commitment to the community and Albany is making a big commitment to us,” said Georgia Pacific Lumber General Manager Fritz Mason.
Mason said the site in the industrial park off Sylvester Road is perfect for their needs.
“That efficiency combined with the resources of your area will make this build globally competitive for decades to come,” said Mason.
Mason said the amount of lumber the plant expects to produce could build nearly 20,000 homes a year. That’s more than double the volume a similar size mill would have produced years ago.
“It’ll be in the community for a long time. These plants will be for 20 to 30 years at least,” said Mason.
Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard said this will make the city more competitive.
“Its going to have all of the modern technology which makes it so much better and so different from what we’ve had in the past,” said Hubbard.
Several jobs are open at the plant.
Mason said they’re good, family-wage jobs, and another opportunity to bring the community together.
“We couldn’t have done this without all the local support and we are looking forward to being part of the community going forward,” said Mason.
Georgia Pacific employs more than 7,000 people at 17 locations in Georgia .
The facility in Albany plans to be up and running by this fall.