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Georgia-Pacific’s Savannah River Mill

At Georgia-Pacific’s Savannah River Mill, we’ve had the privilege of calling the Effingham County community home since 1986.  With more than 1,000 team members, we proudly produce the quality tissue, towel and napkin products our customers use every day in their homes and in restaurants, airports, offices and other away-from-home locations.

Located in southeast Georgia just north of Savannah, Savannah River Mill serves as Effingham County’s largest private employer.  At Savannah River Mill, you’ll find five of the world’s 12 largest tissue paper machines – and you’ll also find 100 acres of longleaf pine, wood duck nesting boxes and a wide variety of wildlife species that call our mill home as part of our on-site wildlife habitat.

At Savannah River Mill, we strive to be a valued member of our community, and we work hard to remain a quality employer.  To learn more about us, read the About section below.


Our operation is designed to produce products primarily from 100% recycled fiber.  We produced our first tissue, towel and napkin products in October 1986.

More than 1,000 employees are part of the SRM Team, 40% of which live in Effingham County.  Interested in learning about potential career opportunities with Georgia-Pacific?  Click here.

We serve as Effingham County’s largest private employer, with approximately $99 million in annual payroll, $1.5 million in local annual payments to the local tax digest, and more than $100 million annual economic impact on the local area.  For a look at Georgia-Pacific’s overall economic impact in Georgia, click here.

Our facility site is comprised of more than 2,000 acres total, with approximately 75 acres of manufacturing and warehouse space under roof.  Our site includes more than 150 acres of wildlife habitat as part of our Wildlife Habitat Council’s Wildlife at Work designation and more than 100 acres of longleaf pine.  Our property also includes numerous archaeological and historical sites.

Download our Wildlife Habitat flyer (PDF/1.2MB)


Five of the world’s 12 largest tissue paper machines reside at our facility.  Our more than 50 converting lines make the tissue, towel and napkin products that our customers use every day in their homes.  Some of our retail products include Angel Soft® bath tissue, Sparkle® paper towel and Vanity Fair® napkins.  We also produce the Compact® tissue and enMotion® towel that are used in restaurants, airports, offices and other away-from-home locations.

At Savannah River Mill, we strive to be a valued member of our community, and we’ve built strong partnerships over the years as part of those efforts.  From United Way and the Effingham County school system to the local chamber of commerce and Rotary clubs, our team members actively engage in our efforts to continue to preserve and earn the opportunity to operate in the community our mill calls home.  We work hard to be a good neighbor, and we want to remain a quality employer in the Effingham County community.

Since 1986, the Savannah River Mill has been charting a course for a strong future by building on our strengths:  hard-working, dedicated team members and a facility and product mix that can compete in today’s dynamic marketplace.  In the years ahead, we will continue building our future by delivering long-term value for our customers, our company, our community and society.

Georgia-Pacific Savannah River Mill
437 Old Augusta Road South
Rincon, Georgia
912-826-5216

You might not think you know Georgia-Pacific, but we’re a part of your everyday life!  Take a look…

1985

Fort Howard Paper Company begins clearing land for the construction of Savannah River Mill. The mill is designed to produce tissue, towel and napkin products primarily from recycled wastepaper. 

1986

The Yankee for SRM’s first paper machine arrives via the Savannah River. The mill begins production of its first tissue, towel and napkin products on October 8, 1986.  

1998

SRM constructs its fifth paper machine, which distinguishes it as the largest tissue mill in North America. Five of the world’s 12 largest tissue paper machines now reside at SRM.

2000

Savannah River Mill begins producing premium products, including Angel Soft® bath tissue.

2002

Georgia-Pacific acquires Savannah River Mill.  GP-Logo

2007

2007 to Present: Georgia-Pacific makes multiple strategic investments in the facility, including laser-guided vehicles in the logistics operation, pulping systems, paper machine improvements, new converting lines, and landfill gas collection and cell closure systems.  We also continue to invest in our people, processes and equipment so that we can remain a valued employer in the community and help to keep Georgia-Pacific competitive in the marketplace.  


2008

The mill earns a Wildlife at Work designation from the Wildlife Habitat Council for its 150-acre, on-site wildlife habitat. 

2012

The mill marks its 25th anniversary.

Our more than 1,000 team members proudly make many of the tissue, towel and napkin products that you use at home and in offices, restaurants and airports every day.  

Some of our brands include:

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Want to learn more about Savannah River Mill’s recycled wastepaper papermaking process? 

Download our Papermaking Process Graphic (PDF/1MB)

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At Georgia-Pacific’s Savannah River Mill, we strive to be a valued member of the Effingham County community.

From United Way and the Effingham County school system to the local chamber of commerce and Rotary clubs, we’ve built strong partnerships over the years that have allowed us to make a difference in the community our mill calls home.  On any given week, you can find us serving as Junior Achievement classroom instructors, parade team volunteers, United Way Loaned Associates and mill campaign team members, board members, Science Olympiad team coaches and in other dynamic volunteer roles.  With approximately 40 percent of our workforce living in Effingham County, we’re helping those who are part of our GP family, too.

We consider it a privilege to part of the efforts that help to make Effingham County a better place to live, work and play…




  • City of Guyton Volunteer Fire Department – GP Bucket Brigade Recipient
  • City of Rincon Volunteer Fire Department – GP Bucket Brigade Recipient
  • City of Springfield Volunteer Fire Department – GP Bucket Brigade Recipient
  • Effingham Fire and Rescue – GP Bucket Brigade Recipient
  • Effingham County Chamber of Commerce
  • Rotary Club of Effingham County
  • Effingham Sunrise Rotary Club
  • Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Coastal Georgia Race

  • YMCA – Effingham Branch
    • Capital Campaign
    • Priceless Gifts Campaign
  • City of Rincon Fourth of July Parade
  • Effingham County Fair Parade
  • City of Guyton Christmas Parade
  • Rincon Lions Club Christmas Parade

  • Effingham County School System
    • Georgia-Pacific Field Day – Ebenezer, Effingham and South Effingham Middle Schools
    • GP STEM Scholars Program – Effingham and South Effingham High Schools
    • Junior Achievement Economics of Success Classroom Program – Ebenezer, Effingham and South Effingham Middle Schools
    • MLK Day Theme, Poster and Essay Contest
    • Math and Science Nights
    • Science Olympiad Competition Team – South Effingham Middle School
    • Teacher Development Program Scholarship Opportunities – Key Issues Institute, Creeks to Coast, Founders Fellowship
    • Teacher of the Year Recognition Program
  • GP Employees’ Children Scholarships
  • United Way of the Coastal Empire – Effingham Service Center
  • United Way of the Coastal Empire – Loaned Associates Program

At Georgia-Pacific Savannah River Mill, we make protecting the safety and health of our employees, our community and our environment an important part of what we do each and every day.  From our responsible use of natural resources to our efforts to minimize the potential for off-site impact, we are committed to remaining a quality employer and a valued member of the Effingham County community.

Valuing Safety

Having our team members go home to their families every day the same way that they are when they come to work is something we value at Georgia-Pacific.  That’s why our team works so hard to find and manage risks and hazards so that we will have a workplace where no one is ever injured. 

The safety of our team members is not just a priority that could change from day to day for us.  It’s something we value. 

Compliance

Savannah River Mill’s operation is regulated and monitored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GaEPD).  Our regulatory permits are designed by both federal and state environmental regulatory agencies to protect people and the environment.  These agencies conduct both routine and unannounced inspections of our operation to ensure we are doing exactly what we have committed to doing. 

Savannah River Mill submits Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reports annually to the EPA. The data we report represent total environmental releases of EPA-designated chemicals from the mill for the entire year. The term "releases" includes activities such as waste disposal and treatment as well as permitted air emissions and water discharges.  TRI releases at the Savannah River Mill have declined by 50 percent since 2000.

For information about our emissions and related permits, go to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website:  http://echo.epa.gov/.  You can use the Search Location to find information about the Savannah River Mill operation.  More information regarding our emissions and control efforts can be found at the EPA links provided below:

Resource Stewardship

Minimizing our impact on the environment begins with responsible and sustainable management of our own natural resources.  Whether it’s managing our wildlife habitat as part of the Wildlife Habitat Council’s Wildlife at Work program or finding ways to reduce our water and energy usage, Savannah River Mill team members constantly look for innovative ways to operate our equipment in an efficient and environmentally responsible manner.

To learn more about our water processes, click here.

Bobcats and coyotes and deer, oh my!  Our SRM Wildlife Cam regularly captures images of the wildlife who live alongside the Savannah River Mill. 

Working Hard to be a Good Neighbor

We consider it a privilege to operate in the Effingham County community.  That’s why we work hard to minimize the potential for off-site impact of our operation and to protect the land, air and water around our mill.  We have an environmental management system to help us manage our processes for air, water quality and waste stream management.  We also regularly conduct community audits to monitor how we’re doing.

Not only do we want to be a good neighbor to those that live around our facility, but approximately 40 percent of our more than 1,000 employees live in Effingham County, along with their children, grandchildren, friends and families.  We care about our community because we live, work and play here, too.