Gloster paper mill to close soon

Published 11:35 pm Friday, November 28, 2008

GLOSTER (AP) — The Georgia-Pacific plywood mill is down to a handful of employees, and the plant will be completely idled in another week or so.

G-P spokeswoman Julie Davis says workers this week are doing a final cleanup.

She says most employees have finished.

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The Gloster plant employed 280 people, most of whom left last week.

Davis says G-P is helping steer employees to other plants that are hiring.

This is the second time the mill has closed because of market conditions.

It closed Dec. 1, 2002, leaving 300 people without jobs.

It reopened in October 2005 after Hurricane Katrina left vast amounts of timber on the ground.

Davis says the closing may not be permanent, depending on whether the economy improves.

Gloster is a town of approximately 1,300 residents.