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WASHINGTON – Today in Annapolis, Md., the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) is meeting with state lawmakers for a Sustainable Manufacturing Day.
Sustainable Manufacturing Day is a day-long advocacy event in which industry representatives share with lawmakers details of the industry’s positive economic impact on Maryland and their commitment to sustainable manufacturing leadership under AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 initiative. Joining AF&PA for an interactive luncheon are other associated industry partners, including the United Steelworkers and the Printing & Graphics Association of the MidAtlanic.
“Printing, paper and paper-based packaging facilities in Maryland not only use sustainable manufacturing practices to make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources,” said Donna Harman, President and CEO of AF&PA. “They also generate good jobs and economic growth for the state. That’s a record we are committed to helping state lawmakers understand.”
Forty-six pulp, paper and paper packaging, and wood products facilities operate in Maryland. These facilities employ more than 6,000 individuals with an annual payroll of $303 million. Estimated state and local taxes paid by the industry total $28 million annually.
In addition to representatives of AF&PA, the United Steelworkers and the Printing & Graphics Association of the MidAtlantic, representatives of six paper companies will also be participating in Sustainable Manufacturing Day.
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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 over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 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 www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper