March 13, 2016

Ga Pacific Logo

During a discussion at the last BOC meeting, Gene Trammell revealed that GP is tearing down all their buildings and taking the debris to the landfill.  This is a sad end to a plant that brought real jobs and infused a great deal of money into the Monticello and Jasper County economy.

Ga Pacific 3

GP first came to Monticello sometime in the 1960’s or early 1970’s.  (TWG can not find an exact date.)  They came because Jasper County was a good location—and GP did not get millions in tax incentives or bonds backed by the taxpayers to build their plant.

Georgia Pacific ran a stud mill, plywood plant, timber division, and paneling plant.  Many of its workers were local Monticello people.

According to a press release in November 2011, Georgia-Pacific Corp. closed its plywood and stud mills in Monticello, GA, putting approximately 50 people out of work.  Many of these employees were Monticello residents.  The article also stated that in spring 2008, the plant’s then 315 workers were laid-off and in September 2010, G-P laid off 40 workers, temporarily leaving only 20 employees at the site.

According to AFM Land Sales, the GP plant sits on +/- 123 acres of land located in Monticello, Georgia.  The property is currently zoned for industrial and agricultural uses.  67 Acres is Zoned M – Manufacturing District, and 56 Acres is Zoned AG – Agricultural District.  The site is up for sale for $2.5M                

At 2:16 on the video below, Trammell says Jasper County is getting a “windfall” at the landfill because “GP is tearing down all their buildings out there.” 


Based on conversation in the video, there will be 1800 tons of debris from Georgia Pacific at $45 per ton or $81,000.  This amount should help offset the fiber removal cost at the landfill.  However, $81,000 is nothing compared to the loss of Georgia Pacific and the jobs and tax money it provided to Jasper County.




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  1. Who's Got The Taxpayers' Back? says:

    How very strange that industry would once relocate to an area bringing immediate jobs and tax revenue with it sans any cost to the taxpayers.

    Nowadays, thanks to EDA and banker influence, any industry that relocates to the county must be secured by massive taxpayer debt in the form of very generous EDA salaries,legal expense,consultant costs,infrastructure loans, bond debt service, engineering fees and land giveaways.

    And, while the EDA director and the relocating industry get very generous taxpayer guaranteed income, loans, land and tax abatements, what does the taxpayer get in guarantee that the EDA chosen industry does not financially fail or relocate elsewhere when the property tax bills finally come due?

    The banker’s bonds/loans are guaranteed.
    The EDA director’s lucrative salary is guaranteed.
    And, a myriad of taxpayer freebies handed out to the relocating industry are guaranteed.
    Who is that guarantees the taxpayers an absolute Return On our Investment?

    It seems that EDA is guaranteed Win/Win for everyone involved but the Taxpayer.

  2. Scrap Recovery says:

    Maybe they got a better offer from another county/state. An as for the fiber board, cover it with Lime an dirt wait 4 yrs an sell it for planting soil!
    This county has so much rules on what one can have at their place even if they have a tax certificate to do the work. U know others will leave soon also as Too much BS going in the county offices, specially at p/z. I have to close my company as I have too much E-wast in my yard. I am a E scrap company! Clean UP jasper County is what they told me. Why clean it up? NO one wants to move in here on Dirt roads!

    • J. Ross Hays says:

      That really is not an option. Remember that we just cleaned up a huge pile of fiber board material from the landfill. This would dwarf that problem.

  3. Robb Leggett says:

    It is a shame that we could not have done something to keep these GA. Pacific plants open or bring them back to Jasper County.
    GA. Pacific was a great place for high school graduates to work part time between high school and finding their career. It was also a great motivation for young men to go to college or get some kind of Technical Training.
    Working there was not an easy job. It was hot and dusty and it would teach a person how to work. I believe that losing Ga. Pacific is definitely a great loss to our community.

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