LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Georgia-Pacific is consolidating production from a Pennsylvania plant to Lexington, eventually creating 50 new jobs in Fayette County.
The company is expanding its Lexington Dixie to Go/PerfecTouch® cup manufacturing capacity by the end of 2021, it said in an announcement.
The move will allow Georgia-Pacific to scale its efforts and create a single, “world-class manufacturing facility for cupmaking,” it said.
Georgia-Pacific will close its Lehigh Valley Dixie cup manufacturing facility in Easton, Pennsylvania, by the end of 2021. The Lehigh Valley plant will continue to make cups to support the business for the next several months as some of its cupmaking equipment is relocated to the Lexington site.
With the closure of the Lehigh Valley plant, it means that after 2021 all Dixie cups will be made at the Lexington plant.The expansion in Lexington is expected to create approximately 50 new jobs.
Lexington is one of two facilities Georgia-Pacific operates in Kentucky. The second is a Dixie facility in Bowling Green that produces plates and bowls.
In the Commonwealth, Georgia-Pacific employs nearly 500 people directly, pays $29 million in direct wages and benefits and creates approximately 1,000 indirect jobs, the company said.
Since 2013, the company has invested more than $200 million in its Kentucky operations, including a recent $100 million expansion at the Bowling Green Dixie plant.