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Georgia-Pacific Invests $18 Million into Camden Plywood Plant

[Jun 08, 2023]

Georgia-Pacific is embarking on a $18 million upgrade that will modernize the Camden Plywood plant and help increase efficiency.

It was in the late 1800s when the small community of Camden, Texas, welcomed its first forest products mill. What began as the W.T. Carter Lumber Company is today one of Georgia-Pacific’s largest plywood operations. As one of the top plywood facilities in the South, Camden Plywood not only produces quality building materials for its customers, but also provides good solid jobs for east Texans. To ensure its longevity for years to come, Georgia-Pacific is embarking on a $18 million upgrade that will modernize the plant and help increase efficiency.

The capital improvement plan will focus on three different projects beginning with the plant’s dryer. “We’re rebuilding our dryer, which is more than 40 years old,” said George Standley, Camden Plywood Plant Manager. “The dryer is the heart and soul of plywood operations and is one of the most important stages of production. Controlling veneer’s moisture content is critical to producing a quality product.” The dryer project is scheduled to be completed in July.
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While the dryer is being reconditioned, Camden Plywood will also undergo a project to modernize its stenciling and strapping operation. Currently performed manually, this job will soon be automated as the plant introduces a robotic strapping and stenciling system. “This area of operation can sometimes slow down the process since an operator has to manually place a stencil on a bundle of plywood, paint it and remove the stencil. This process must be performed several times to ensure that all the required markings are captured clearly,” said Standley. “The new automated strapper and stenciling system will increase efficiency.” The innovative technology is currently being installed.

Georgia-Pacific’s Camden Plywood facility employs approximately 500 people and over the next few months more than 100 contractors will be onsite performing the upgrades.