Production boost: Georgia-Pacific invests over $150m to rebuild a paper machine at its mill in Wauna, Oregon

Georgia-Pacific (GP) is to boost production in its consumer tissue business after announcing an investment of over $150m to rebuild a paper machine at its mill in Wauna, Oregon.

The company said the investment will rebuild a 1965-vintage paper machine into “a world-class machine” to make paper for its Angel Soft consumer brand and private label bath tissue.

It added that the modernisation project “helps position the mill and the overall business to continue to be competitive in the market.”

Engineering and related work has begun, and start-up of the machine is scheduled for 2026.

Vivek Joshi, President of GP’s retail tissue, towel, and napkin business, said: “This investment will allow us to grow our market-leading Angel Soft bath tissue and the strategic private label brands we support, and continue to serve our loyal consumers with the great quality they have come to expect.”

The Wauna mill currently employs more than 700 people and produces retail bath tissue, paper towels and napkins used by consumers across the country.

Employment is not expected to increase because of this investment.