Georgia Ports Authority


Benefiting from Georgia’s deepwater terminals

"The benefit of a single terminal facility is that our drivers are able to get in and out of the port quickly and efficiently. That allows us to be more competitive on a global standpoint as far as helping lower costs for our customers."
-Ryan Hutcherson • Senior Director of Supply Chain and Customer Service • Georgia-Pacific


Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Georgia-Pacific, LLC is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tissue, paper, cellulose pulp, packaging, building products and related chemicals.


Photo:Georgia Pacific is responsible for more than 12% of electricity generated from renewable woody biomass in the U.S. 

Founded in 1927 by Owen Cheatham, this once small lumberyard 
is now a global enterprise and household name with 35,000 employees working in more than 200 facilities worldwide.  Today, Georgia-Pacific, a leading producer of gypsum products and lumber, is a major supplier to large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. 

Industries such as construction, manufacturing, aerospace, mining, healthcare, food services, education, consumer products, retailers and more rely on Georgia-Pacific to meet their needs around the world in a timely and cost-effective manner.  

Working together, Georgia-Pacific and the Georgia Ports Authority are always looking for innovative ways of conducting business so that customers, consumers and society benefit. One reason for this successful partnership is rooted in GPA’s single terminal facility model. 

As the fourth-busiest container terminal in the U.S., much of the Southeast region’s growth and prosperity are inextricably linked to the success of Georgia’s ports and the ability to complement them with the best surface logistics network in the nation.

“This strong, sustained growth is possible because Georgia’s deepwater ports offer faster and more economical connections to major markets across the Southeast,” said GPA Board Chairman James Walters. “Delivering world-class service helps the GPA retain and win the new business that is such an important impact to the nation’s economy.” 

A top exporter through both of GPA’s deepwater terminals, Georgia-Pacific has played a valuable role in the double-digit growth in total tonnage moving via the Port of Brunswick during this recent fiscal year. 

“Having two world-class ports in the state of Georgia that are industry leaders is a big benefit not only for Georgia and Georgia-Pacific, but for our country as well,” said Ryan Hutcherson, Senior Director of Supply Chain and Customer Service for Georgia-Pacific.