The skyline in Crossett could be changing in the next couple of years.
Georgia Pacific-Crossett is in the process of a reorganization that will end with the elimination of approximately 500 jobs. When that’s done, portions of the complex will be torn down, a company spokesperson said.
Some operations will continue, and approximately 500 workers will keep their jobs.
The mill restructuring will include the shuttering of the Crossett bleached board operations, its older tissue machines, the extrusion plant, wood yard, pulp mill and a significant portion of the energy complex.
“Once the shutdown is complete, we anticipate tearing down the building,” GP Crossett Public Relations Manager Jennifer King said. “As we move through the shutdown, we will have to secure the buildings, we will have to make safety inspections and make a decision on what is going to stay and what will go.”
Given the age of some of the buildings, they will likely have to be subject to an asbestos inspection, she said.
King said the demolition will not happen during the next few months, but some time within a year and a year-and-a-half the community can expect to see some of the facility demolished.
“We are not sure what the end footprint will look like,” she said. “We are going to work through it very deliberately, but right now we don’t know when and we don’t know what (will be demolished).”
King said when those decisions are made, the company will be reaching out to let the community be alerted to what is coming.
“If the skyline is going to change, we want to mentally prepare people,” she said.
The Crossett mill is located on a 650-acre complex. Originally the site of the Crossett Lumber Company, Georgia-Pacific purchased the mill in 1962, and expanded its paper operations in Crossett in 1976. The company made additional upgrades to paper and pulp operations in 1984.
It opened the Crossett Chemical plant — which was sold to Ingevity last year — in 1981.
The company’s plywood mill was mothballed in 2011, permanently closed in 2016 and burned in an accidental fire in 2017.