Byhalia students tour Georgia Pacific plant
By CHARLES JOHNSON
Byhalia students and teachers traveled to Oxford last week to tour the Georgia Pacific Plant. They were met by Mike Reardon, plant manager, and escorted to the board room for orientation. They were first told about what goes on at the facility, afterwhich, they were shown a video of plant operations. Teachers and students asked several questions before taking the tour. Reardon answered all questions before the tour began.
He stated that Georgia Pacific has 400 plants nationwide. They make plywood, paper, bathroom tissue, paper plates and all tops for tables, desk and other furniture. He stated that they used to employ 300 people, but now that they have so much technology, they only employ 105 people.
Most of the work is now done by computer, so they no longer needed the other 195 people. This industry has been in business since 1930 and has grown by leaps and bounds. Anyone wanting to work at this facility must have good computer skills and be able to follow directions, Reardon said. They have three shifts and the facility runs 24 hours a day.
He showed us how the materials are bar coded and labeled for shipping.
The tour was very exciting and the students observed things they have not seen before.
Many objectives were met for the Occupational Diploma on this trip. Johnson would like to thank Reardon on behalf of Brian Taylor, principal of Byhalia High, Marvia Kilgore, director of Special Services, Don Randolph, Superintendent of Marshall County Schools and Reardon for allowing such an informative tour.
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