History of AF&PA and Our Industry

Donna Harman was named AF&PA President and CEO, serving in this capacity from January 2007 to present.
2007


1995
Former Congressman Henson Moore (R-La.) was named President and CEO of AF&PA, serving in this position until 2006. 
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) was founded January 1, 1993, forming with the merger of the American Paper Institute and the National Forest Products Association.  Red Cavaney becomes AF&PA’s first President and CEO, serving until 1994.  Immediately prior, Cavaney had led the American Paper Institute.
1993

1991
The American Wood Council merged into the National Forest Products Association.
The American Paper Institute was created when the Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Institute was consolidated with 14 other specialized pulp, paper and paperboard associations.
1966
  1965
the National Lumber Manufacturers Association was renamed to be the National Forest Products Association.
the American Pulp and Paper Association merged with the National Paperboard Association to create the Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Institute.
1964  
  1932
the National Paperboard Association was founded.
the National Lumber Manufacturers Association was formed through a merger of the Southern Lumber Manufacturers Association and the Mississippi Valley Lumberman’s Association.
1902  
  1897
American Paper Manufacturers Association was renamed the American Paper and Pulp Association.
a wood pulp division was added to the American Paper Manufacturers Association.
1887  
  1883
the American Paper Manufacturers Association was formed when the American Paper Makers Association reorganized and was renamed.
A German chemist, C. F. Dahl, developed the kraft (from the German word meaning "strong") pulping process. The Kraft process went on to allow the United States to become a major producer of paper products.
1879  
  1878
the American Paper Makers Association was formed.
An American, Benjamin Tilghman, developed the sulfite pulping process. The first mill using this process was built in Sweden in 1874. This was the dominant pulping process until 1937.
1866  
  1861
The Writing Papers Manufacturers Association was established:  the oldest ancestor organization of AF&PA.
William Rittenhouse and William Bradford founded the first North American paper mill at Wissahickon Creek, near Philadelphia.
1690  
  In 105 A.D.
Ts'ai Lun, a Chinese court official, invented paper.
Papyrus appeared in Egypt and was used for writing and drawing.

Around 2400 B.C.