Dubuque Manufacturer to Close: 85 Jobs Eliminated
One of Dubuque's major manufacturers is closing its Dubuque plant at the end of this year. This closure will result in a loss of about 85 jobs.
According to our news partner KWWL, Georgia-Pacific will be closing its Dubuque facility at the end of the year. The plant is located at 2150 Kerper Boulevard. It's one of two locations the company has in Iowa, along with a gypsum operation in Fort Dodge.
The company last month also closed its plant in Oshkosh, Wisconsin affecting about 40 employees.
Approximately 85 jobs will be impacted by the Dubuque closure. They say that the decision to close the plant was based on their ability to stay competitive in the area. They will be spending the next 60 days supporting their employees in their search for new opportunities.
In a press release, the company said,
"We appreciate all the work our employees have done through the years to make this plant safe and productive. The decision to close the plant is not a reflection of their work but rather based on our ability to be competitive at this location in the long-term."
The Dubuque location of George Pacific, originally called St. Regis Paper Company has been in operation since the 1950s