Georgia-Pacific’s Brewton Containerboard mill in Alabama recently announced its plans to invest $160 million to modernize its operations.
The project involves upgrades to the facility’s pulp processing systems that will reduce energy and chemicals consumption, other environmental emissions, and allow for more paper production.
“This is a significant investment for Brewton and will build upon the transformative advancements that have been made here in the recent years,” said Mark Martin, mill vice president and general manager. “It reinforces GP’s long-term operations plan and our commitment to the Brewton community and the region.
“The project also reduces risks for Brewton employees, furthers our competitive position in the industry, and progresses our environmental stewardship efforts with positive impacts to reduce solid waste generation, air emissions, and wastewater,” Martin said. “It’s not just the right thing to do for our business and employees, but for our community too.”
Construction is slated to start next year, with an estimated startup by Spring 2024.
In 2021, Brewton became the first U.S. integrated paper mill to earn ENERGY STAR® certification by the EPA, meaning it operated in the top 25% of paper mills for energy efficiency. Brewton also became one of just four paper mills to achieve the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry by the EPA. The achievement recognizes facilities that voluntarily reduce energy use by 10% within five years.