Graphic Packaging International to Invest $136M in Macon-Bibb County

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

The Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority announced that Graphic Packaging International, a leading company in the design and manufacturing of packaging for commercial products, will invest $136 million in the modernization of its Macon mill.  GPI employs more than 1,330 employees in Georgia, and the Macon mill investment will help retain more than 460 manufacturing jobs.
“Georgia has a rich history in manufacturing, and many strategic assets that enable companies in this industry sector to find success here and abroad,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “GPI’s decision to modernize its operations is a testament to our state’s position as a global leader in the industry, and we are excited to see the company flourish in Macon.”
GPI’s Macon mill makes paperboard used in packaging for the food and beverage industry. The investment will enhance its capability by adding a state-of-the-art curtain coater, automate certain processes, and upgrade the water, generator and air systems to improve the mill’s environmental profile.
“After a thorough analysis of our manufacturing needs and the available local resources, it was clear that Macon – Bibb Country was ideal for this capital investment,” said Michael Doss, President and CEO of Graphic Packaging International. “A number of factors influenced our decision, including the facility location; access to a diverse, educated and skilled local workforce; and our relationship with Macon – Bibb County and the State of Georgia.”

“I’m delighted Graphic Packaging is investing in its plant here and making a commitment to be a part of our community for many years to come,” said Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert. “Our location in the state and country makes us a prime location for companies to be successful and expand.”

Georgia successfully competed against other states to win this investment. GDEcD regional project manager, Candice Scott, represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with Stephen Adams at MBCIA, Central Georgia Technical College and GDEcD’s Workforce Division.