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Georgia-Pacific announced Tuesday it will idle operations at two South Carolina mills, affecting more than 200 employees.
According to a release, the McCormick lumber and Allendale oriented strand board mills will go idle due to overall market conditions. Production will continue for up to 60 days as the company prepares the facilities to be idled.
“Although new-home construction demand has returned somewhat since the recession in 2007/2008, it has not returned to pre-recession levels,” said Satrick Anthony, Georgia-Pacific vice president of building products operations. “We are very proud of the employees at these facilities; they have done everything they can to make the sites profitable – but unfortunately, it has not been enough to overcome the current market conditions.”
The McCormick lumber mill employs 98 fulltime employees, while the Allendale OSB facility employs 142. According to the release, all affected employees will be eligible for unemployment benefits.
Both facilities will be idled, but maintained in a ready state to begin production should the long-range forecast for market conditions change, the release states.
The company says it will ensure all employees are paid all earned wages and agreed upon benefits and will hold local job fairs at each location to assist employees with their job search.
The McCormick facility opened in 1966 and was acquired by Georgia-Pacific in 1988, while the Allendale facility was opened in 2006 and acquired in 2010.