Local Manufacturer Donates Paper Products to Area Non-Profits

April 20, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, most businesses are working hard just to survive during these challenging times. A local paper products manufacturer, however, is also making efforts to give back to the community after recognizing a local need for their products.

Green Bay Converting (GBC), which operates a large paper converting facility in Hattiesburg, manufactures many different types of paper products. In order to help the community through these trying times in their own unique way, GBC informed the Area Development Partnership (ADP) of their willingness to donate a large quantity of commercial paper towel rolls to area non-profit organizations looking to meet this basic need.

“Green Bay Converting has been a part of the Hattiesburg business community for over 7 years, so we are eager to help this great community,” said Ben Catalano, GBC Plant Manager. “We saw an opportunity to give back and worked with the ADP to arrange transportation for these products. We’re excited to do our part to provide valuable resources to Hattiesburg’s most vulnerable citizens as we all navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Covering nearly 10,000 square feet of warehousing space, such a massive quantity of paper towels could not simply be transported using consumer vehicles. Baldwin Transfer, headquartered in Mobile, AL, and working out of their Hattiesburg office, served as the freight carrier to truck the donated supplies. Bart McCrory, Baldwin Transfer, said “We value our relationship with the Greater Hattiesburg community and we are thankful we could assist GBC and the ADP in serving these communities.” As a freight carrier that provides transportation services across the Southeast, Baldwin Transfer already provides some trucking services at GBC’s manufacturing plant, so the partnership was a logical choice.

Green Bay Converting has donated approximately 27,000 rolls of paper towels to area non-profits throughout the community, beginning as early as April 17th, 2020. These paper products will be available for local non-profit organizations to provide to their patrons while supplies last. For area non-profits looking to take advantage of this opportunity, reach out to the United Way of Southeast Mississippi (UWSEMS) by emailing info@unitedwaysems.org or by calling the UWSEMS office at 601-545-7141.

The United Way of Southeast Mississippi is headquartered in Downtown Hattiesburg and serves the Forrest County, Lamar County, Marion County, and Perry County areas through its 19 partner agencies.  Tracie Fowler, President/CEO of UWSEMS stated, “Our communities are facing unique challenges in the face of this pandemic and the need for us to stand together and help our neighbors is as important as it’s ever been. We are grateful for the generosity of companies like Green Bay Converting and Baldwin Transfer for demonstrating kindness in action and contributing essential items that are especially scarce these days. We look forward to putting their donation to good use by distributing them to our most vulnerable residents through our own partnerships with local non-profits in Southeast Mississippi.”

For Forrest, Lamar, Marion, and Perry County residents in need during the current pandemic, the UWSEMS has also established a COVID-19 Disaster Relief Program to provide assistance to households that have lost income due to measures taken to slow the spread of COVID-19. More information about this program, how to donate, and how to take advantage of these services, can be found at https://www.unitedwaysems.org/coronavirus.

The Area Development Partnership (ADP) serves as the regional Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization in Greater Hattiesburg, MS. The ADP’s mission is to stimulate economic growth and enhance the well-being and quality of life for all area citizens. During the current pandemic, the ADP has shifted focus to helping local companies navigate these challenging times and developed numerous resources detailing programs and services available to businesses during this time. “It’s so awesome to live in a community where neighbors help neighbors and companies help non-profits. During COVID-19, we’ve all had to pivot in our respective businesses and many of our citizens are in need. The ADP is pleased to connect corporate resources with non-profits to provide much needed support during this difficult time,” said Chad Newell, President of the Area Development Partnership. Visit https://www.theadp.com/covid-19-update/ for continued updates. For more information, contact the ADP at 601.296.7500 or visit www.theadp.com.