Having unexpected guests at your dinner party just got a little less stressful thanks to Georgia‐Pacific’s Bowling Green facility expanding their operations. The nearly $100 million investment will lead to the production of more of your favorite Dixie® plates and bowls in varying sizes.
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. This latest expansion will include a new 80,000 sq. ft. building, the installation of a new printer and several new plate forming presses. They will also be adding new dock doors with a new driveway with increased on-site truck trailer storage.
“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.”
Bigger Than Plates and Bowls
Aside from the increased availability of products and physical changes to the facility, the project will create more than 50 full-time jobs increasing total employment at the plant to about 200 people. With two facilities, Bowling Green and Lexington, Georgia‐Pacific has made a significant economic impact on the state of Kentucky with directly employing nearly 500 people and creating 890 additional indirect jobs paying $28 million in direct wages and benefits. Since 2013, the company has invested $66 million in state operations.
“We are excited to expand production at Bowling Green,” said Jimmy Lindsay, plant director at the Bowling Green Dixie® production facility. “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.”
The plant will continue to safely operate at full capacity during construction, which has already begun and is expected to be finished the first half of 2020.
Georgia‐Pacific is hiring for several open roles at the Bowling Green Dixie® plant. Interested in joining a great team and a great company? Please visit https://www.gp.com/careers to learn more.