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Southwest Miss. paper mill prepares to close

GLOSTER, Miss. (AP) - The Georgia-Pacific plywood mill is down

to a handful of employees and the plant will be completely idled in

another week or so.

G-P spokeswoman Julie Davis says workers this week are doing a

final cleanup. She says most employees have finished.

The Gloster plant employed 280 people, most of whom left last

week.

Davis says G-P is helping steer employees to other plants that

are hiring.

This is the second time the mill has closed because of market

conditions.

It closed Dec. 1, 2002, leaving 300 people without jobs. It

reopened in October 2005 after Hurricane Katrina left vast amounts

of timber on the ground.

Davis says the closing may not be permanent, depending on

whether the economy improves.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal,

http://www.enterprise-journal.com

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