Graphic Packaging International invests to modernize Georgia mill

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) have announced that Graphic Packaging International (GPI), an Atlanta-based company that designs and manufactures packaging for commercial products, will invest $136 million to modernize its paperboard mill in Macon, Georgia.

GPI employs more than 1,330 employees in Georgia, and the Macon mill investment will help retain more than 460 manufacturing jobs, the company says. The Macon mill makes unbleached kraft paperboard used in packaging for the food and beverage industry.

“Georgia has a rich history in manufacturing and many strategic assets that enable companies in this industry sector to find success here and abroad,” says GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “GPI’s decision to modernize its operations is a testament to our state’s position as a global leader in the industry, and we are excited to see the company flourish in Macon.”

GPI will add a curtain coater, automate certain processes and upgrade the mill’s water, generator and air systems to improve the facility’s environmental profile.

“After a thorough analysis of our manufacturing needs and the available local resources, it was clear that Macon-Bibb County was ideal for this capital investment,” says Michael Doss, president and CEO of GPI. “A number of factors influenced our decision, including the facility location; access to a diverse, educated and skilled local workforce; and our relationship with Macon-Bibb County and the state of Georgia.”

“I’m delighted Graphic Packaging is investing in its plant here and making a commitment to be a part of our community for many years to come,” says Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert. “Our location in the state and country makes us a prime location for companies to be successful and expand.”

GDEcD says Georgia successfully competed against other states to win this investment.

GDEcD Regional Project Manager Candice Scott represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with Stephen Adams at MBCIA, Central Georgia Technical College and GDEcD’s Workforce Division.