(L to R) Charmaine Ward, director, GP Community Affairs; Susan Crenshaw, senior director R&D, Cellulose T&IC; Chuck LaPorte, Memphis Cellulose mill manager; Dr. Kenneth Robinson, president & CEO, UWMS, and James Barnes, public affairs manager, Memphis Cellulose operations.
Many of the products Georgia-Pacific makes are centered on the home and families – you could say home is where our heart is. So, it’s fitting that our GP Cellulose business recently donated its Memphis office building, which will provide a new home to United Way of the Mid-South.
The 37,000 square-foot office building in North Memphis will serve as United Way of the Mid-South’s new headquarters location. In addition to the building, valued at $1.3 million, GP Cellulose will donate a cash contribution of $100,000 for the transition to its new location. Until recently, the building was used as the headquarters location for Buckeye Technologies, a company Georgia-Pacific acquired in 2013.
Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson, president and CEO of United Way of the Mid-South, said, "An incredibly generous donation like this provides an unprecedented opportunity for us. Not only will our relocation to our new offices allow us to be a more efficient organization, but it will also immediately change the narrative about what United Way means to the communities we serve.”
GP Cellulose is thrilled to help United Way of the Mid-South strengthen its support to the region. Georgia-Pacific has been a long-time supporter of the United Way in many facility communities across the country, and we share in the belief that strong communities make life better for everyone – our employees, our neighbors and our customers.
In recent years, our Memphis Cellulose mill and the nearby Cellulose Technology & Innovation Center have donated more than $200,000 to local charitable organizations that support education, community enrichment, entrepreneurship and the environment.
A proverb that has been adapted many times over says that to make friends you must show yourself friendly. It’s in that spirit that our GP Cellulose business in Memphis is looking forward to having a new neighbor and becoming more integrated into the city.
To United Way of the Mid-South, we say: welcome home!