NASHVILLE, Tenn. (News release) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart McWhorter and Georgia-Pacific officials announced the company will invest at least $425 million to construct a state-of-the-art Dixie® manufacturing facility in Jackson.
Located in the Highway 223 East Site, a Select Tennessee Certified Site, through this project, Georgia-Pacific will create 220 new jobs in Madison County.
Georgia-Pacific's Jackson plant will focus on manufacturing Dixie® paper plates to support the company's increase in product demand across its three Dixie® facilities. Construction on the new 900,000-square-foot facility is slated to begin before the end of the year and anticipated to reach completion by summer 2024.
A subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, Dixie® disposable tableware, paper-based packaging, cellulose, specialty fibers and building products. In addition to tableware, the company manufactures other household items under the brands of Brawny®, Angel Soft®, enMotion®, Sparkle®, Vanity Fair® and Quilted Northern®. By adding a Tennessee facility, Georgia-Pacific will have a total of six operations dedicated to manufacturing Dixie® products, including four that produce plates and bowls.
Since 2018, TNECD has supported nearly 60 economic development projects in the Southwest Tennessee region, resulting in approximately 9,800 job commitments and $6.6 billion in capital investment.
"Companies choose to invest in Tennessee because of our skilled workforce and unmatched business climate. I commend Georgia-Pacific's commitment to create more than 200 jobs in Jackson so that Tennesseans across the region can thrive." - Gov. Bill Lee
"Having an inventory of shovel-ready industrial sites gives Tennessee communities a leg up when recruiting new businesses to the state. We are proud that Georgia-Pacific found its home in Jackson on one of our state's Select Tennessee Certified Sites, and we thank our partners at CSX who helped to make this site ready for this significant economic development win." - TNECD Commissioner Stuart McWhorter
"Although we have invested to expand existing sites, this is the first new Dixie® plant the company has built since 1991. This added capacity will help us meet the needs of our customers as consumer demand for high-quality, durable paper plates and bowls continues to grow." - Fernando Gonzalez, president of consumer business, Georgia-Pacific
"This major investment in our community not only further strengthens our local economy but also emphasizes our area's qualified workforce and great location for companies to thrive. Through our K-12 schools, technical college and universities, we are continuing to focus on developing the skills to create a workforce capable of meeting the needs of our industries both now and in the future." - Madison County Mayor AJ Massey
"We are excited and grateful for the more than $400 million investment Georgia-Pacific is making at its Jackson Dixie® plant in our growing community. This is a thrilling moment for Jackson as this project is the largest single investment in our history. It has been a pleasure working with the Georgia-Pacific team over the last 18 months and we are proud the company is calling Jackson home." - Jackson Mayor Scott Conger
"TVA and Jackson Energy congratulate Georgia-Pacific on its decision to establish operations in Madison County. Helping to attract and retain job opportunities and investment to the region is fundamental to TVA's mission of service. We are proud to partner with the Jackson Chamber, City of Jackson, Madison County and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to further that mission and look forward to Georgia-Pacific's future business success in the Valley." - John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development
"I'm thrilled Georgia-Pacific is expanding their successful manufacturing operations by investing $425 million in Madison County and creating 220 new jobs. Tennessee offers the best business climate in the nation. Our low taxes, high quality of life and top-notch workforce create an environment where companies like Georgia-Pacific can flourish. We look forward to a successful partnership as together we build a more prosperous future for Tennessee." - Sen. Ed Jackson (R-Jackson)
"Tennessee is home to many world-class companies, including Georgia-Pacific. This new manufacturing facility in Jackson represents a significant investment in our local economy that will create hundreds of new jobs for residents. I congratulate Georgia-Pacific on choosing this wonderful community and look forward to the company's successful future in Madison County." - Rep. Chris Todd (R-Madison County)