GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Georgia-Pacific has told Wisconsin officials it will lay off almost 160 workers from its papermaking plant in Green Bay.
That represents as much as a quarter of the employees there, who produce napkins, paper towels and bath tissue.
Company spokeswoman Mary Jo Malach said she can’t confirm or deny the layoffs until company officials finish meeting with all local employees Friday morning.
But in a letter dated Tuesday, the Atlanta-based company tells the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development that 158 workers will be laid off as of Feb. 2, 2010. According to the company’s Web site, the plant has about 600 manufacturing employees.
Most of the eliminated positions are line workers, including machine operators and mill laborers.