Georgia-Pacific - See Her: Amy Harrell

Jan 9, 2024 7:55 AM ET

Amy Harrell is responsible for helping more than a thousand people stay safe at the Naheola mill in Pennington, Alabama. Her top priority? Making sure people go home the same way they came to work.

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See Her: Amy Harrell - transcript

“Thank you for working safe," said Amy Harrell. “I love working with people I like, keeping people safe. I like making sure they go home the way that they came to work. My name is Amy Harrell. I'm the safety leader at the Georgia Pacific Mill in Pennington, Alabama. I grew up here. The paper mill is a key part of the community. They are very proud of the product we put out. I'm responsible for the safety of all 975 employees, and around 400 to 450 contractors.”

“Every day I manage the safety processes. I work daily with my safety team - also the chemical process safety team. I assist with incident investigations, risk assessments. I started in the safety department and then I was on D-shift. I learned so much about how things actually run in a paper bill. “Then, the opportunity presented itself for me to come back to the safety department. When I left, I told the mill guys that you know they would always be special to me. As a safety leader you do have to have a thick skin and you do have to have those tough conversations because your ultimate goal at the end of the day is that everybody goes home the way they came in. I wouldn't be where I am without my team. Without them and without us all having the same goal, I wouldn't be able to be the effective leader that I am. The advice that I would give to any young woman starting out is just be yourself and if you have a dream or a goal it may take you a while to get there but just never give up. I know my dad was very proud of this mill and he was very proud of the work he put in here. So I think he would be very proud that I'm the safety leader.”


Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. Our familiar consumer brands include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Dixie®, enMotion®, Sparkle® and Vanity Fair®. Georgia-Pacific has long been a leading supplier of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. Its Georgia-Pacific Recycling subsidiary is among the world’s largest traders of paper, metal and plastics. The company operates more than 150 facilities and employs more than 30,000 people directly and creates approximately 89,000 jobs indirectly. For more information, visit: . For news, visit:

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