Georgia Pacific temporarily suspends 80 Catawba workers

Georgia-Pacific temporarily suspended about 80 workers today at its Catawbaplant that makes wooden siding, the company confirmed.

The workers, eligible for unemployment until they can go back to work, weretold this morning that manufacturing operations at the plant would stop. Thecompany is blaming the construction industry.

“It’s business, unfortunately,” Georgia-Pacific spokeswoman Melanie Rusesaid. “The market is down, and there’s too much of it in the market.”

About 100 employees still remain at the plant, however, there may be moreworkers temporarily suspended after the remaining inventory is shipped.

Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leadingmanufacturers and marketers of tissue, packaging, paper, pulp, buildingproducts and related chemicals.

The company has 55,000 employees at 300 locations in North America andEurope. In South Carolina, the company has a dozen facilities and 1,800workers.