Three machines were turned off for good at the Georgia Pacific mill in Crossett early this week. According to operators of the machines, the pulp mill, the board mill, and the 10A boiler all ceased operations before 1 p.m. on Monday.
The shutdown comes from an announcement in June that the company would be eliminating it’s bleached board operations and more than 500 jobs.
Affected by the closure were the bleached board machines, extrusion plant, woodyard, pulp mill and a significant portion of the energy complex.
Georgia-Pacific representatives said at the time of the announcement that the decision to close the Crossett bleached board plant was based on an assessment of the mill’s ability to compete effectively in the bleached board market.
Additionally, they announced they would shut down one of the mill’s older tissue machines.
Some of the employees reported on Monday that they will still stay on to work for a week or so to clean up, but that the machines are officially shutdown.
One employee posted to social media on Monday “time of death” for the machines giving the pulp mill a time of 10 a.m., the board mill a time of 11:40 a.m. and the 10A Boiler a time of 12:22 p.m.