Three months after shuttering south Arkansas plants in Crossett and Hope, paper goods giant Georgia-Pacific (GP) will invest up to $70 million to upgrade its plywood and lumber operations in Gurdon to help sustain the more than 700 local jobs at the company’s facilities in Clark County. “We are making state-of-the-art improvements that will transform our Gurdon facilities, greatly improving the utilization of raw materials and overall operating efficiencies, making jobs more meaningful, and turning us into an even stronger competitor,” said Mike White, the company’s western regional operations manager. Company officials said the list of capital improvements will be significant, highlighted by the installation of an advanced packaging system; new panel assembly stations with state-of-the-art scanners; an upgraded power plant; and software and security enhancements. Work on the projects began earlier this summer and will be completed in 2020. “This investment is validation of the work, commitment, and loyalty of our employees and the support Gurdon and Clark County have demonstrated for years,” said White, who started as an electrician at the plant when it was built in 1979. “And...