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James R. Kuse

Georgia Gulf Corporation

1985 - 1991

Chemicals & Industrial

Military ServiceArmy
1980 b. 1930
UndergraduateOregon State University
Born-Died1930 - 2001
BirthplaceNebraska (NE)
Era - 1980

Mortgaging his home in 1984, Kuse, along with a few other executives from Georgia Pacific, financed a leveraged buy-out to create Georgia Gulf Corporation, a major producer of specialty chemical products. Under his leadership, Kuse not only paid off the debt in record time, but also built one of the most successful businesses of the late eighties. He increased revenues from $500 million to over $1.5 billion, quadrupled profits, and generated a 500% increase in the stock price.