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Company Overview

History - 1960s


Acquired W. M. Ritter Lumber Co. in the Southeast, including timberlands, oil, coal and other minerals. Timberland ownership totaled 1 million acres.


Added paper converting facilities in Washington, California, Iowa, Illinois and Arkansas. Built first corrugated container plant at Olympia, Wash. Employed over 11,197 people.


Acquired Crossett Lumber Co., Crossett, Ark., including 565,000 acres of timberlands. Added corrugated container plant at Modesto, Calif., and grocery bag and sack plant at Toledo, Ore.


Acquired Puget Sound Pulp and Timber Co., Bellingham, Wash., including Hopper Paper Division. Acquired Vanity Fair Paper Mills, Plattsburgh, N.Y.; St. Croix Paper Co., Woodland, Maine; and Fordyce Lumber Co., Fordyce, Ark. With the Bellingham and Plattsburgh mills, the company entered the tissue business. Began operating the nation's first Southern pine plywood plant at Fordyce.


Acquired Bestwall Gypsum Co., Paoli, Pa. Expanded paper and chemical facilities. Distribution centers totaled 84.


Acquired kraft pulp mill at Port Hudson, La. Completed new gypsum plant at Buchanan, N.Y. Added 11 sawmills. Donated California redwood groves, valued at more than $6 million, to the public.


Added 13 manufacturing plants, expanded five facilities. Acquired from National Polychemicals, Inc., the Lufkin, Texas, and Conway, N.C. chemical facilities. Added chip export facility at Coos Bay, Ore.


Acquired Kalamazoo Paper Co., Kalamazoo, Mich.


Began construction of large chemical refining complex in Louisiana. Added timberlands and plywood plants. Sales exceeded $1 billion for the first time.

Advertisement for the Crossett Paper Mill
Advertisements for the Crossett
Paper Mills showed the breadth
of the company's products.

Coronet and Rosemary Clooney
Coronet®, GP's first tissue product, was promoted by Rosemary Clooney throughout the 1960s.

Taylorsville, Mississippi Plant
The first truckload of Southern
pine plywood was produced at the
Taylorsville, Miss., plant.