ATLANTA-Georgia-Pacific Corp. is moving up on the retail products ladder. The company’s purchase of Fort James Corp. for an undisclosed price makes the forest products producer the leading global manufacturer of tissue products.

With the completion of its exchange offer for Fort James and the filing of a merger agreement, Georgia-Pacific will begin operating and integrating the tissue products firm immediately under the Georgia-Pacific name. Product brands are Soft ‘N Gentle, Angel Soft, Sparkle, Coronet, Mardi Gras, So-Dri, Green Forest, Vanity Fair and Dixie. Their combined revenue last year was $24.8 billion from a global work force of 85,000.

As previously announced, Georgia-Pacific is separating its timberlands operations and divesting selected commodities and non-strategic businesses.

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