How It's Made | Plywood at the Georgia-Pacific Plant in Texas

This post is sponsored by Georgia-Pacific, however, all the opinions expressed below are my own true honest opinions.

Do you ever stop and think about how the things you use every day are made? If I asked you where your paper plates and napkins came from, would you know the answer? If you had asked me these questions a couple of weeks ago I wouldn’t have a clue! Georgia-Pacific extended the invitation for a few influencers to tour their Corrigan Plywood Plant, and they totally made my “How It’s Made” dreams come true. 

When the day came to tour the plant, I really had no idea what to expect. It was actually a really eye-opening experience for me. From their involvement in the community, monitoring their environmental impact, to making sure every piece of the wood gets used I was impressed.

At Georgia-Pacific’s Corrigan facility we were able to see the entire process, from start to finish. It starts with pine tree logs brought into the facility, they offloaded and put into a yard where water is continuously being poured on top. Which was quite a sight to see! From there we saw it go from those huge logs to a flat piece of wood we know as plywood. Not every piece of plywood comes out perfect so the imperfect pieces of plywood get broken down and made into items most people use every day.

Georgia-Pacific is behind some pretty big brands like Angel Soft toilet paper, Brawny paper towels, and Dixie paper plates just to name a few! As a mom and an example for my kids, I'm trying to do my best and be a more conscious consumer. That means learning and doing the research on where the things we buy and use on a daily basis actually come from. As we enter this new era of “I want it now” consumerism and online shopping it’s super easy to feel so far removed from the production process. 

I was happy to be able to put faces and names to the people that help run the processes at the Corrigan plant. I heard so many stories of employees starting at the company and working their way up to higher positions which made my heart happy. When we hear of big companies it’s usually unheard of for so many employees to have been with a company for 20-30 years. Which speaks volumes to Georgia-Pacific’s work environment.

Since Georgia-Pacific’s plants are in smaller towns they do so much for the local economy and the local communities. I was excited to hear about a program they had where they would donate plywood to local high schools and teach them how to cut and work with wood.

My overall feeling of joy and excitement of knowing how everyday items that I use are being made, and how it was positively affecting the community carried onto a sense of pride when I was buying these items.

What are some things you’ve always wondered about the everyday items you use?
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