From Georgia Pacific, Toledo
As we publicly announced in May, COVID-19 continues to disrupt the economy, locally and nationally.
At Georgia-Pacific, we are trying to manage as best we can the impact to our overall business and the Toledo mill. The forecasted demand for our product (containerboard used in the manufacture of packaging boxes) remains volatile. That means the same fluctuating economic conditions that prompted the mill’s temporary closure May 21-27 continue to prevail.
Next month, we again plan to temporarily cease operations, this time on two of the mill’s three paper machines. Approximately 100 hourly employees who operate and maintain those machines will be laid off to varying degrees of duration. The closure is expected to start July 13 and continue for seven to 10 days. The entire mill workforce was notified of these developments today.
These decisions are never easy to make. We understand they may cause concern and anxiety among our employees and the communities in which they live.
During the temporary closure of these paper machines, we will maintain their readiness to resume operation. In the meantime, we continue to encourage our employees and fellow Oregonians to comply with public health measures to protect against COVID-19.
C. J. Drake
Public Affairs Manager