Word that the lumber division of Rome’s former Temple-Inland plant — which also does not exist — has been purchased by Georgia Pacific from International Paper, that has actually owned the shebang for about the last year after a separate purchase, just adds to the new confusion. Obviously, there are now two different operations owned by two different giant outfits where departed giant Inland-Rome used to be.
How long is it going to take for Greater Romans to start calling these places by their new names or shorthand versions thereof? International-Rome and Georgia-Rome?
Seriously, there are still some old-timers in these parts that refer to the entire tree-devouring operation by the name the sawmill first had when starting operations in 1954: Georgia Kraft. (Quick trivia quiz: Where is the former headquarters building of Georgia Kraft ... which based on the new signage out front is now in its third corporate reincarnation? Hint: It is on State Loop 1. Better hint: It is on Redmond Circle near a “lake” that really isn’t a lake.)
It’s hard enough to keep up with change in and around fast-moving Rome without the names constantly changing on you.