Located in Steinfurt, Germany, the Georgia-Pacific Steinfurt GmbH nonwovens facility produces airlaid nonwoven material for commercial customers used to make table top, wiping, food pads, hygiene and related products. (PRNewsfoto/Georgia-Pacific)

Georgia-Pacific this week announced that it would sell its European nonwovens business to Pennsylvania-based Glatfelter for $185 million, pending regulatory approval.

The deal for Georgia-Pacific Steinfurt GmbH would include the factory in that German city, as well as sales offices in France and Italy. Some 220 Georgia-Pacific workers will become Glatfelter employees if and when the deal closes. The deal doesn’t include the company’s U.S. nonwovens operations in North Carolina and Wisconsin

Nonwovens are fabric-like materials that comprise wet wipes, napkins, placemats and other products made by the layering — rather than weaving — of soft fibers. 

Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific operates 200 facilities and directly employees more than 35,000 people globally. It’s owned by Koch Industries

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