Fast-track Loading Dock Project Paves Way for Georgia Pacific Plant Expansion // September 2017

MJW met a tight deadline and overcame Hurricane Irma to complete a major loading dock relocation on time and under budget for Georgia-Pacific at Palatka, FL.

Completing the dock-relocation project on schedule was essential to provide the space for a new paper machine as part of GP’s $400 million investment in its tissue and towel business.  Investments to the Palatka mill include building a new paper machine using through-air-dried (TAD) technology along with adding associated converting equipment and infrastructure.  

Within 24 hours of the project being awarded, MJW mobilized a team that completed the project in just 29 days, which included a one-week disruption caused by Hurricane Irma in early September. The MJW team of more than 20 employees placed and finished 250 yards of concrete, installed 14 tons of reinforcing steel and excavated 170 yards of dirt, all without an injury or disruption to plant’s manufacturing or shipping operations. Working in proximity to plant production required the team to be especially cautious to avoid damaging or  contaminating  product near the construction zone.

“The project went extremely well even with the schedule challenges,” said Justin Freeman, project manager. “The client was very pleased with the process and the outcome.”

MJW maintains an on-site office at the Georgia-Pacific Palatka plant to support the location with new construction, preventative maintenance and repair services.


MJW Installs Innovative Truck Dumper System for Drax Biomass // August 2017

Drax Biomass, an Atlanta-based wood products company that uses innovative techniques to manufacture pellets as a renewable, low-carbon fuel, has contracted with MJW Consolidated to bring innovation and efficiency to its wood-chip unloading process as well.

MJW is installing two BRUKS® truck-dumper systems and associated equipment at the Drax Amite BioEnergy facility in Gloster, MS. The dumpers reduce the time required to unload chips at the plant by eliminating the need to decouple the trailer from the truck tractor. Instead, the truck backs onto a platform, which is elevated at a 75-degree angle by two massive hydraulic pistons, allowing the chips to flow from the trailer into a receiving hopper.


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MJW is responsible for unloading, staging, assembling and erecting the truck dumps as well as conveyor systems, screens, silo with screw reclaimer and bucket elevator. The project began in mid June and completion is scheduled for early September. Throughout construction, MJW is working closely with the Amite BioEnergy production team to ensure operations can continue without disruption.

Wood pellets produced at Amite BioEnergy and other Drax Biomass facilities are shipped around the world, allowing electric utilities to reduce their dependence on coal, to lower carbon emissions and to provide new sources of safe, reliable and affordable power.