By Theresa Schmidt, KPLC
DEQUINCY, La. (KPLC) – Georgia-Pacific will “cease operations” at its lumber facility in DeQuincy due to market conditions, the company announced over the weekend.
Hidden behind the pine trees along Highway 12, is the lumber plant, employing 188 people. Most have been notified their jobs will end in sixty days when the plant stops operating.
Company spokesperson Yana Ogletree says it’s due to the current economy.
“Georgia-Pacific chose to idle the facility in hopes that we will see improved markets in the future. When you idle a plant it’s not a definite shutdown. It’s idled indefinitely. We will keep a small crew on staff to maintain the facility,” she said.
So, no one is out of a job yet.
She says the employees will work in the transition which is to wrap up at the end of June. She says it’s no fault of the employees.