The permanent shutdowns that Georgia Pacific-Crossett announced in June are fast approaching, and last week the Crossett mill permanently shut down one of its board machines.
GP Crossett Spokeswoman Jennifer King said the company permanently shut down its C2 board machine on Sept. 3. King said employees working on that line remain employed as of Friday, though some may be departing between Sept. 10 and Sept. 23.
“We do not know yet exactly how many employees will be impacted during this time frame as some may volunteer to stay with us to continue shutdown work,” King said.
City and school officials say it’s hard to predict what kind of impact this will have on the city and school districts, but nothing has really changed as of yet.
Crossett City Deputy Clerk Lisa Gulledge said that the city didn’t see any change in the June sales tax, but won’t receive the July sales tax until later this month and won’t see August until October.
The city has collected approximately 71 percent of expected sales tax revenue with only 66 percent of the year gone.
The superintendents of the Hamburg and Crossett school district said that they’ve not had any major changes as of yet.
Crossett Superintendent Gary Williams said he’s had a few students move, but nothing above normal numbers and one of the families relocating is a job change unrelated to the mill. Hamburg Superintendent Tracy Streeter said that the district has had meetings to discuss the staff and students they might soon lose in an attempt to be proactive.
Both superintendents said they don’t expect to really see a change until after May.
“It has been expressed to me by people with older children, that they are going to do what they have to to be here until May,” Williams said.
Streeter said that she’s had similar conversations and it seems to be the people with younger children who are planning to move or who have already moved.