In the 1960s it was still possible to count on the fingers of one hand the real Cinderella corporations of America whose sage management and economic growth brought stockholders financial returns exceeding their wildest dreams. In that select rank was the Georgia-Pacific Corp., an Augusta-born nationwide industry specializing in wood products and founded by Augustan Owen R. Cheatham.
The company's phenomenal growth, starting in 1928 and bucking the Great Depression, resulted from the acumen and planning of this great visionary, who was also a generous benefactor and community activist. (By the 1970s G-P's Indonesia timber operation became that nation's largest employer.) To have such a Horatio Alger-type business titan so closely tied to Augusta remains a source of pride.
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