Georgia-Pacific is investing a heaping Dixie plateful of money in its Bowling Green, Kentucky, manufacturing facility. The nearly $100 million investment will expand operations meaning more Dixie plates and bowls to go around. Construction has already begun, and the project is expected to be finished in the first half of 2020.
“This is great news for our Dixie business and the Bowling Green plant. This expansion will help us continue meeting the needs of our customers as demand continues to grow for high-quality, durable paper plates and bowls”, said Erik Sjogren, vice president and general manager of livingware at Georgia-Pacific. “We believe this expansion will also position our Bowling Green Dixie facility to remain competitive in the market and in the local community for the long-term.”
The Bowling Green plant produces Dixie paper plates and bowls in varying sizes. This latest expansion will include a new building and the addition of a new printer and several new plate forming presses. The project will create more than 50 full-time jobs increasing total employment at the plant to about 200 people.
“Georgia-Pacific’s investment of $100 million demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to the commonwealth and the Bowling Green community”, said Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. “For nearly three decades, the Dixie facility has served up opportunities for Kentuckians, and this latest announcement of more than 50 new full-time jobs will provide our highly-skilled workforce with even more pathways to success. Georgia-Pacific produces some of the world’s most iconic household name brands, and we are grateful they have found an enduring home here in Kentucky, America’s engineering and manufacturing center of excellence.”
Jimmy Lindsay, plant director at the Bowling Green Dixie facility, said: “We are excited to expand production at Bowling Green. This is a great plant with an excellent safety record, modern facilities and a highly-skilled and qualified workforce. This investment is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our workforce to continuously create value for our customers and the community”.
Originally built in 1991, the plant has seen several expansions in its more than 25 years in operation. Production at the facility represents about one quarter of all paper plates and bowls produced by Georgia-Pacific.