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AF&PA Supports Tennessee Forestry Association, Tennessee Paper Council Advocacy Day

March 9, 2016 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) supports the Tennessee Forestry Association and the Tennessee Paper Council in their efforts to share important industry facts with Tennessee state legislators alongside several AF&PA member companies at Legislative Plaza on March 9 in the Nashville, Tennessee.

“Paper and wood products manufacturers operate over 140 facilities in Tennessee that contribute nearly $2 billion in payroll and $143 million in annual state and local taxes,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

“Nationally, our industry employs over 900,000 men and women who make a variety of products that Americans rely on every day, including communication papers, paper-based packaging, tissue products and wood-based building materials. We encourage Tennessee policymakers to ensure that policies they adopt are favorable to economic growth and job creation so that the products from facilities we represent in Tennessee remain competitive in global markets.”

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.

The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $200 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.