Georgia-Pacific today officially opened its new gypsum wallboard production facility in Sweetwater, Texas. Initially announced in September 2020, the $325 million facility is Georgia-Pacific’s second gypsum wallboard production facility in Nolan County, and the first Georgia-Pacific has built since 2004.
The Sweetwater Complex is more than 700,000 square feet. One of the most innovative gypsum facilities in the country, the newest addition to the Georgia-Pacific gypsum system features state-of-the-art technology and is designed to help ensure safety, quality, and efficiency.
The new facility is adjacent to Georgia-Pacific’s first gypsum wallboard facility in Sweetwater, purchased by Georgia-Pacific in 1996. The existing facility has been operating in Nolan County since the 1950s. Over the last year, Georgia-Pacific has also invested approximately $16 million in technical and safety upgrades at the plant, including an Energy Optimization System, auto-guided vehicles, an automated robotic riser system, auto-splicing equipment, and upgraded packaging equipment. The company also upgraded its employee facilities.
Georgia-Pacific has invested more than $735 million into its Texas facilities since 2013. Georgia-Pacific has approximately 2,520 employees in Texas, and operates ten facilities that produce plywood, lumber, particleboard, gypsum, and corrugated products.
Georgia-Pacific is also committed to giving back in meaningful ways to the communities in which employees work and live. Georgia-Pacific recently invested $200,000 into the Sweetwater Independent School District’s Career & Technical Education program. Georgia-Pacific has also invested an additional $100,000 into other organizations in the area, including the all-inclusive park at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital and the Sweetwater Fire Department.
Georgia-Pacific offers a wide array of interior and exterior products designed to provide the highest level of performance in the most challenging commercial and residential applications. Since 1965, Georgia-Pacific has developed the highest quality gypsum building products in the industry. The company operates 12 gypsum wallboard facilities throughout the United States.