Celadon Development Corporation has revealed plans to build a North American headquarters and recycled brown pulp manufacturing facility in Chatham County, Georgia, US.

The plans were announced by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and are expected to require an investment of more than $155m.

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They constitute the first phase of Celadon’s major investment project in Georgia and will create 117 jobs in the Savannah area.

Governor Kemp said: “Celadon choosing Georgia for their North American headquarters, along with a state-of-the-art recycling and advanced manufacturing facility, highlights our state’s ability to recruit companies on the cutting edge of their respective industries.

“Partnering with our robust economic development efforts at the state and local levels – Savannah, the Port and our coastal region are magnets for jobs and investment.”

The plant will manufacture 900,000t of product a year once fully operational. Each of its operation lines will have an annual production capacity of 450,000t.

In the project’s second phase, Celadon will add another production line to its recycling and manufacturing operations.

In a separate development, Celadon has opened a dry processing plant for clean used and corrugated cardboard.

The company has also announced plans to begin operations to meet its logistical needs.

Celadon CEO Tim Zosel said: “The State of Georgia, the Georgia Ports Authority and the Savannah Economic Development Authority have made our project possible.

“The teams are incredibly proactive and we could not have developed this project without their support.”

Celadon is a joint venture partnership formed by US-based engineering company Kamine Development Corporation Sustainable Infrastructure (KDC) and Nicollet Industries.

The company uses technology to convert mixed paper and old corrugated cardboard waste into recycled pulp sheets and reusable paper.

In 2019, Celadon partnered with KDC to reduce levels of cardboard waste across North America by building recycling infrastructure on certain sites.