Originally published: March 17, 2022
Updated: May 25, 2022
*This story has been updated to reflect the latest information on opportunities for affected employees.
Green Bay, Wisconsin— Georgia-Pacific announced that it will close its Green Bay Day Street facility over the next 18 months. This decision does not affect Georgia-Pacific's other operations in Green Bay. The decision to shut down the mill does not reflect the hard work that Day Street employees have performed throughout the years to serve Georgia-Pacific's customers. They have done an admirable job operating these lines as safely and productively as possible.
The primary reasons for this decision are the changing customer demand, bath tissue upgrades and investments at other Georgia-Pacific facilities, and less competitive assets at the Day Street mill. Tissue manufacturing at the site ended in mid-May 2022, and other parts of the mill will shut down in September 2022. The Day Street mill will continue to make napkins until Fall 2023.
This decision impacted approximately 170 jobs at the mill. A reduced staff will continue to operate the mill over the next year and a half. Employees have actively applied for open roles at Georgia-Pacific's other Green Bay locations - Packerland and Broadway. These available roles include current gaps in base staffing and 100-plus open roles for the new through-air-dried (TAD) Towel Product System investment recently announced at the Broadway mill. While some employees remain undecided at this time, it is anticipated that nearly 100 employees will transition to either Broadway or Packerland for the next year and a half, and the bulk of the remaining employees retiring.
In the coming months, Georgia-Pacific's focus is to continue safely operating the Day Street mill and support employees during the transition.