DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - As the timber industry continues to grow in Deep East Texas, companies like Georgia Pacific are investing in the future.
Constructed in the 1960s, the Georgia Pacific crane has been a part of the Diboll skyline for 55 years.
"The cranes here are used to unload logs from log trucks and service the mills," said Plant Manager Bill Eckmann. "As far as loading the logs into the mill, we also have storage underneath the crane."
However, a new crane is on the way, construction has begun to make unloading more efficient.
"The new crane will be what we call a single bite, so it will only take a single pass to unload a whole load of logs," said Regional Engineer Myrton Thompson.
In peak delivery times, it can take up to an hour for a logger to get to the facility, get unloaded and leave.
"Right now, the old crane takes two passes, so the truck drivers have to wait a little longer when they come in," Thompson said.
With the new crane, loggers can get to their next destination faster.
This week, the first phase of installation for the crane started.
"We're going to be taking down the east half of the crane first," said Thompson. "That phase should be finished around July, and then we'll start on the west side of the crane."
According to Eckmann the installation is an investment in the community.
"This is positioning us for the next 50 years, which allows us to make profits and employ people," said Eckmann.
The new crane is expected to be fully operational by October 26, 2018.