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G-P Has ‘New Vision’ for Company: Reports Downtime at Three Mills

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Georgia-Pacific (GP) recently made staff cutbacks in two of its paper unit segments and at corporate headquarters, and either announced or was said by industry contacts to be taking July downtime at three mills.

The affected segments were Georgia-Pacific Recycling or Harmon recovered paper business, containerboard, cellulose pulp businesses, and tissue, and also at the firm's headquarters.

The reductions are part of the company's effort since late 2019 at transforming itself, in a move hastened by the novel coronavirus outbreak, the company official said. The privately-held GP, owned by Koch Industries, is one of the largest pulp and paper and forest products companies in North America and in the world.

"Since launching a new vision for Georgia-Pacific in late 2019, we have been working to focus on areas we need to transform as an organization to achieve that vision," the GP company official said. "The pandemic and its expected impact on the economy and our businesses have created a greater sense of urgency to transform how we work and make decisions on what work we should focus on to achieve our vision."

The official added: "Teams across our businesses, capabilities and operations are focused on responsiveness to customers; emerging business opportunities; productivity improvements through the application of technology, increasing effectiveness and reducing redundancy of roles, processes and activities; using data analytics and subject matter expertise for faster decision making; reducing bureaucracy and increasing spans of control; and communication and collaboration through use of new and developing technologies."


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