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Local paper plant in good shape

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The economy has hit local manufacturing plants hard in recent weeks. First it was Georgia Pacific, and then Louisiana Pacific. Despite the tight times, business at another local manufacturer, is still booming. Juliet Brown doesn't work for International Paper but she has family members who do. “We're hoping that all things turn around for the best.” She like many Columbus County residents worry that a large industry like International Paper could be the next to close down. That fear started last week, when Georgia Pacific announced that it is laying off 400 employees come December. International Paper makes paper boards which turn in to items like paper cups, plates, and calendars. A company spokesperson said its 700 plus employees are safe. “You know it's always tough to speculate, but we're making paper, we're making our products, our machines are running, and I don't see anything in the foreseeable future,” said Kimbery Gill, company spokesperson. Juliet Brown is not convinced. “Everyday they're telling you that it's alright and people are thinking it's alright and then they find out the next morning that they have no job.” International Paper officials said there is still a demand for paper products, and employees spoken to off-camera said they feel their jobs are secure. International Paper has 24 paper mills nationwide. Officials said the cost of fuel is an issue for the company, so they've been trying to cut back in that area.

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In Columbus County it is very difficult to find any type of job. Losing Georgia Pacific or International would finish off the already worn economy there.

close it

close the paper the Cape Fear River.. I fish lock and dam #1 weekly.. It's all goos till you get downstream of the mill.. It's bad enough WE have to get the run off from Fayetville all the way downstream but why add more pollutants to the water around the mill and don't say it's not polluted because I have seen it first hand as a contractor at the mill.. It is better now that 15 years ago but sastill it harms our waterways. Yet another reason the titan project needs to be shut down.

Here's an idea!

That plant and the hundreds of associated jobs are more important than expanding your fishing grounds. If their discharges were truly harmful, the state and feds would be all over them.


Sounds about as smart as most uninformed opinions I've heard. With the economy the way it is, the wise choice would be to embrace whatever industry we can. The unfortunate people who are being affected by this economic downturn need the opportunity to work. This may not be what you want to see, when it comes to the tail end of a river, miles from it's source, but you could try a novel approach...don't fish downstream from the discharge. If you were truly concerned about the pollutants, you would do a little research on what is in the river before it gets to IP, and you probably wouldn't want to fish there anyways.

International Paper

I don't work directly as an employee for I.P, however, I have been working at I.P as a driver on a dedicated route for better than 8 years. In that time I have seen the plant slow down each year about this time. They just came out of their annual shutdown for upgrades to equipment and facilities and it takes awhile to get spooled up again. I see plenty of product moving out of the mill on a daily basis. The Carolina King which makes both Pulpwood Export and a new product called Fluff Pulp is running well and moving out the gate to the state port and other facilities all over the world.

Local paper plant

Just watched your news report on the Georgia Pacific/Regelwood possible lay-off. Why did your reporter "Tim" interview someone who doesn't even work there? Who cares about a non-employees comment. It is just jak-jak. I am much more interested in how the employees feel. And why did you give that interview airtime? You must have had a slow news night to fill air time with that useless dribble!

Quite True

especially as she drove off in her Lincoln Navigator. Why not follow up on the issue of fuel costs and how the local plant is working to be pro-active and not have the Management from "on high" come in with changes? Why not look at the impact beyond the employees? This affects the logging crews which cut the timber and the independant truckers which transport the timber.