A worldwide pandemic and 75 days of rainy weather in Kentucky couldn’t stop a dedicated team from completing a $100 million expansion at Georgia-Pacific’s Bowling Green Dixie facility. The investment created more than 70 new jobs and includes an 80,000-square-foot building, a new printer, and presses. GP will continue meeting the needs of customers as demand grows for Dixie plates and bowls.
“I’m proud to celebrate this significant investment and what it means for job growth, wages, and economic health in one of Kentucky’s great cities,” Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said. Originally built in 1991, the plant has seen several expansions in its nearly 30 years of operation. Production at the facility represents about one quarter of all paper plates and bowls produced by GP. Bowling Green is one of two facilities GP operates in Kentucky. Since 2013, the company has invested more than $200 million in its Kentucky operations.
To celebrate the start-up of the new operations area while also maintaining effective COVID-19 distancing and safety protocol, Georgia-Pacific hosted a virtual ribbon-cutting event with local employees and community leaders.
This is an exciting investment for our employees and our community,” said Jimmy Lindsey, Bowling Green plant director. “We thank Mayor Bruce Wilkerson, Bowling Green Chamber President Ron Bunch, and all our community friends and neighbors for their support as we worked through this project. This investment is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our highly-skilled team and their efforts to continuously create value for our customers.”