January 8, 2008 from The Associated Press
Georgia-Pacific will close its plywood and sawmill operations in Springhill, Louisiana indefinitely, resulting in the layoffs of approximately 400 employees.
The indefinite shutdown comes two months after 280 Georgia-Pacific workers in DeSoto Parish were left jobless when that plywood operation closed for good.
GP officials, who called the work shutdown in Springhill a “curtailing of operations,” said it was due to market conditions. Demand for wood products has declined due to downturns in residential housing construction.
Springhill employees were notified on Monday.
Georgia-Pacific spokeswoman Julie Davis emphasized the Springhill plant is not closing for good — but she could not say when workers would find out more about their job futures.
The Logansport mill in DeSoto experienced several work slowdowns and layoffs before officials finally closing for good on Oct. 30.