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Hundreds laid off from Perry mill amid coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 5:59 PM, Jun 24, 2020

PERRY, Fla. (WTXL) — A mill in Perry, hit hard in by the pandemic, is laying off hundreds of employees.

Georgia-Pacific Foley Cellulose Mill says with the demand for products decreasing a tough decision had to be made.

Employees found out Tuesday morning that 150 of them would be laid off next week, something representatives at the mill say they hope is temporary.

The mill employs 530 people who produce specialty fibers, textiles and other products from pine trees. Demand for these products has been down in recent months as a result of COVID-19.

Two production lines will be shut down.

Scott Mixon, the COO at Georgia-Pacific, says they understand this is unexpected and stresses the mill is trying to help where they can.

"We are meeting with each and every individual, not just employees who are impacted but all employees in the mill, and letting them know what the status of their position is," said Mixon.

In those meetings, Nixon says they will go over other information that can help them while they are not working.

To learn about the layoffs, click here.