This post is sponsored by Georgia-Pacific. My thoughts and opinions are my own and based on my personal experience
I shared a few times that we moved to our “forever” home for about two years and it has been one of the best things we could have done for our family, but our current home is way older than our first home. We bought our first home and built it from the ground up so we got to pick the lot and many of the finishes. Then that house became small for our growing family amongst other things we, by we I mean me, started looking for houses and we both fell in love with our new home.
But we were very aware of the fact that, even though the home had been updated a bit, we wanted to make a few changes. Two years in and though we have renovated many rooms we still have a few that are left, honestly are you ever done with a home?!
With that in mind, when I was invited to the GP Corrigan Plywood Mill a few days ago I had to take the opportunity to visit them and learn more, and learning I did. It was a perfect day and I love watching the process of plywood being made. I’m a fan of learning and knowing how things are made and the process it goes through so you can bet I geeked out in every single part.
Today I want to share 3 qualities of Georgia-Pacific that I learned over our tour and why I chose GP products overall.
The employees. The first thing that caught my attention was the fact that as we were introduced to the employees most of them had been with the company for 10 years or more, that says a lot. It wonderful when you find a company that takes care of its employees, that is not about firing but about learning from their mistakes and even puts a plan in action to avoid them happening in the future. At the end of the tour even I wanted to work for the company. No Joke.
Their Safety Guidelines. I don’t consider myself an environmentalist, but I do my best to take care of the environment and I love that so does GP. They use every part of the wood. The chips help light the steam, the scraps are used for mulch and even the water is recyclable. Their pond waters the logs and that same water is recycled back and used over and over again. They follow TCEQ (The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality), the head of the emission limits, they clean up after themselves and follow the laws to the T. As we were talking, we even learned that they have a project to clean up the ditches that comes off their property. That’s caring.
The Community. This is top quality in my books. Their involvement with their community is to the max. With schools, cancer hospitals, and special programs all around. Many companies give, but companies that put back to their own community, that helps their employees and the farmers around them are scarce. Last year alone they gave $300,000 to the East Texas communities, including the Boys and Girls Club, providing wood for schools, donates to the fire departments and the list could go on and on. This to me is caring. It is going a step beyond the regular donations but taking the time to see where they can bless others the most. So thank You GP and GP Corrigan for all you do for East Texas.
Just a few fun facts about plywood:
It’s perfect for wood paneling
It’s made from the inner and outer layer of solid pine then is glued together.
A veneer is touched by 35-40 people in the process of plywood being made.
The wood goes through water, steam, dryers, glue machines to fix the knots, then a dryer again and then sawing as the last step of the process.
So if you were to ask me what’s behind a home renovation, I would say GP. It’s a great company, that takes care of the environment, it’s community and it’s employees. That’s who I want behind my renovations.