March 13, 2016
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.
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.