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I)a˘;: 2-A HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2003 Mead Plant to Shut Down, Begin Layof Troup/Meriwether area's "It would be our goal to imports from Canada." By JOHN KUYKENDALL The MeadWestvaco Corporation announced last week it will idle its Greenville plant in early August. The plant, one of the WE CATER I . HOGANSVILLE'S ROGER'S BAR-B-QUE "I'll (',raked" ( ;ali,h • Rib, • ('hickcn • Ntt' • Nteak Hogansville Just off t-85. Ext 28 706-6::} 7-41 O0 Fax: 706-6374114 I JULY 4th SPECIALS t (Forks Knives, Spoons & Napkins Included) 1) BABY BACK RIBS I 1/2 Shlbs Pint Baked Beans, Pint Cole Slaw. Pint Potato Salad Only *259 2) B-B-Q PORK lib, Pork. 6 Buns, Pint Cole Slaw, Ourt Stew Only Sl 7 z 3) CATFISH ]Opc. Fish, 15 Hush Puppies, Pint Cole Slaw Pickles, Onions & Lemons Only s26 5 Scott Worthy largest industries, employs 156. Around the first of August all the hourly employees will be placed on layoff status. Approximately 16 salaried employees will remain on payroll until the company can analyze the plant and a determination of the profitability of the facili- ty can be completed, accord- ing to, Monte C. Simpson, of the Mead Coated Board divi- sion in Phenix City. According to Simpson, the plant will accept the last logs that have been pur- chased this Friday and begin to process them. Simpson said he expects the process to take three to four weeks. "As the logs are processed, there will be lay- offs when the product pass- es through each segment," he said. SIMPSON SAID this will allow MeadWestvaco to ana- lyze the facility and attempt to find a way to make it more profitable. try and find a way to make the plant profitable and keep as many of the employees as possible," Simpson said. "The employees there knew the market was soft and they have worked hard dur- ing a difficult time. We would like to try and keep the employees in some capacity." Simpson said the compa- ny has actually three options, the first making it a profitable facility. However, he did state the company does have some prospective buyers for the facility. "The last resort would be to close the facility," he said. "MeadWestvaco really would not like to see that happen. We would prefer the first option above all others." "This was a very difficult, but necessary decision," said Erm Venuto, Vice President of Fiber supply and Wood Products. "Numerous eco- nomic conditions have affect- ed our ability to operate prof- itably. These include lumber prices, wood costs, trans- portation issues, and lumber THE OPERATION has been hindered by Norfolk Southern's discontinuance of rail service following a bridge washout after spring storms and flooding. Mead had been shipping woodchips by rail to its Mahrt paper mill in Cottonton, Ala. After Norfolk Southern ceased rail service on June 7 - by routing the final cars over a connecting track with com- petitor CSX at Durand - the Greenville plant was left with the option of shipping the woodchips by truck. With about three tractor trailers needed to haul what one woodchip railcar could, it became extremely expen- sive to transport the chips to Mahrt. "We recognize the contri- butions our employees have made under difficult condi- tions and will manage the sit- uation to minimize the dis- ruption to their lives during the time," said Larry Richardson Plant Manager. "The facility has a solid reputation for product quali- Ford Says Hapeville Plant Will Stay Open Until 2009 t From Staff Reports Ford Motor Co. will con- tinue to manufacture Tauruses and a new Futura line of models at the Cell: 706-333-9926 REALTY An Independent Member Br,ker These & Many Other Properties Available I • Opal St, Luthersville, 3BR/1BA, Recently remodeled • $75,900 • 2 acres, near 1-85, Hogansville • $125,000 • Main Street, Hogansville, 4BR/3BA Just Listed! • 4th Street, Manchester, 3BR/2BA, Reduced to $85,000 i iii i iI i i I Is It Time To Remodel Your Kitchen or Bath? Full 00ice Kitchen & Bath00Remodelers : % • abmets Flooring* CUltured Marble • Cou00tert00ps' Cerami00 Hapeville. plant through at least 2009, company and union officials told a June 20 meeting of the Hapeville plant's 2,300 employees. An article in the July 1 Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the change in Ford's plans, which earlier called for ending Taurus production in Hapeville by 2005. Officials did not make clear what effect the plans for Hapeville will have on the publicized search for a new Ford plant site, which is expected to be in Meriwether County or Morgan CounW. State economic develop- ment officials, involved in the new site project, told the AJC they now expect a decision from Ford by the end of the summer, instead of next week when Ford's board of direc- tors meets and had been expected to make an announdement. The site in Meriwether is along 1-85, near the county line with Coweta. Meriwet her officials and residents have strongly supported the loca- tion of the plant while there has been organized opposi- tion in Morgan County, which is about S0 miles east of Atlanta on 1-20. Most employees at the Hapeville plant reportedly favor the Meriwether site because it is south of Atlanta and would be an easier com- mute for those whose jobs would be relocated. Ford officials want to expand their Georgia facili- ties and have said that there is no expansion room'in Hapeville. Meriwether's main draw- back may be a lack of ade- quate railroad connections. Fireworks Set Tonight Continued From Page 1A cost of the fireworks. "We'd hope that folks will come have dinner here," said Ms. Price. Food vendors will offer kettle corn, spiral fries, pork skins, Hawaiian Ice, dipped ice cream and strawberry short- cake. The Woodbury Recreation Department will sell chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and hamburgers to raise funds for local programs. NEW THIS YEAR will be acclaimed performers Eddie and Tammie Norton, who will present a variety of popular musical selections from a portable outdoor stage. Other activities open at 5:30 will include a rock climbing wall, Moon Walk, pony rides, train rides and the winner- every-time Wheel of Fortune game - offering 'Incredible Hulk' prizes. Other booths will offer candle making and sand art. BUT NO DOUBT the big attraction will be the fireworks show, produced again by Pennsylvania-based Pyrotechnico. More than $3,000 of aerial fireworks will be used, as tech- nicians try to outdo last year's highly-acclaimed display. Woodbury's ball tournament will also get underway at 6 p.m. • ty and customer service." The Greenville sawmill has been an important con- tributor to MeadWestvaco's Coated Board operations since it opened in 1975. The facility produces about 100 million board feet of southern yellow pine lum- ber each year in addition to the woodchips for Mahrt. "We will work closely with our customers and sup- pliers to minimize the impact the layoff may have on their businesses," Richardson said. Simpson also stated that the company will probably make a decision on the study of profitability for the plant in August. According to company officials, the Greenville lay- off is not expected to impact employment or operations at either the company's Mahrt Paper Mill or Cotton Sawmill which are located in Cottonton. MeadWestvaco's Coated' Board Division manufac- tures coated unbleached kraft paperboard, known as Coated Natural Kraft TM, for use in multi packaging and tons. Corporation is tered in Stamford is a leading producer aging, coated and s papers, consumer and icals. 34 ' countries, serving tomers in apl: nations. Its hi consumer include Mead®, GLANE®, Columbian®, Five Trapper Keeper®. oversees extensive lands, managing according to stringent e ronmental standards conformity with the pendent, cation process the Sustainable Initiative®. For more about MeadWestvaco the company's VALUABLE PROGRAM- On the left is with Lamar Electric Membership Corporation Martha Cook, with Meriwether County Departmenfl Family and Children Services, how to use th printing kits. MaryAnn Bell, with Coweta-Fayette El is seated to the right holding one of the kits. Child ID Project The Meriwether gram is the best use County Department of these kits, : Family and  'Children ,, Ang, the Services is participating in the National Child Identification Program. The agency has received a supply of identification kits from Coweta-Fayette EMC and Lamar EMC. The child identification project is sponsored by the American Football Coaches Association, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, • and the Optimist International. The Electric Membership Cooperatives feel the foster child pro- tion kits free for dren. Meriwether DFCS has 118 childre care; about 25 children placed in foster homes the county. Having accurate physical cation on the foster dren in DFCS files a vital part of an gency plan. All DFCS offices state are required to plete an emergency by July 2003. 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