Up to 300 employees will lose their jobs as paper manufacturer Georgia-Pacific reduces operations of its Camas, Washington mill. The cause of the downsizing is being disputed.
The company cites reduced demand for its office paper in the face of increasing computerization and the employees union, the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, claims that demand remains high, but lower-cost imports from Asia are the real reason. It should come as no surprise that the paper industry is struggling and there is a spate of plant closures, downsizings, and employee layoffs.
“Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading makers of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals. If you’re a consumer, you may recognize our household brands, such as Brawny® paper towels, Quilted Northern® bath tissue and Dixie® cups and tableware.”
The mill, established in 1885, has seen employees reduced from approximately 2,400 in the 80s to about 120-140 after this round of layoffs. Georgia-Pacific is a subsidiary of Koch Industries. Georgia-Pacific’s tagline, “Great Products Made By Great People” appears to have been restructured into “Great Products Made By Fewer People.”