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WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) applauds Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) and Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR-04) as they tour Arkansas counties this week on their #Seed2Sawmill tour. The tour will promote forest health and highlight the industry’s deep economic benefits to the state of Arkansas. They will examine each aspect of forestry, from the planting to its use in products such as paper and building materials.
Both legislators have a strong history of support for and leadership on behalf of the paper and wood products manufacturing industry, and each has a 100 percent voting record with AF&PA.
Sen. Boozman is Co-chair of the Senate Paper and Packaging Caucus, and the Senate Recycling Caucus. He has been a champion in the Senate on pushing EPA, USDA, and DOE to recognize the carbon neutrality of the renewable biomass energy our industry produces. Last fall, he joined other Senators in publicly supporting 2015’s National Forest Products Week. Additionally, Sen. Boozman has been a vital leader in protecting the integrity of the recovered fiber stream.
Rep. Westerman knows the forest products industry well: he holds a Master of Forestry degree from Yale University and worked as an engineer and forester for 22 years. He also represents the congressional district with the highest number of forest products industry employees in the country. He serves as a key member of the Congressional Paper and Packaging Caucus and Co-Chairs the Working Forests Caucus. He has been a steadfast leader in the U.S. House of Representatives in advocating for the federal policies that recognize and support the industry’s production and use of carbon neutral biomass energy.
In Arkansas alone, the forest products industry supports about 20,000 direct jobs at pulp, paper, and wood products manufacturing facilities, with a more than $1 billion annual payroll. There are six pulp, paper and paperboard mills, and 56 paper-converting facilities. Two AF&PA member companies will be a part of the tour: the El Dorado, AR Del-Tin Fiber Plant, and the Evergreen Packaging Pine Bluff Mill.
“Arkansas produces $6.8 billion in paper and wood products, playing a vital role in the forest products industry,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “We appreciate Senator Boozman and Representative Westerman’s support of this industry in their state and their work to see the on-the-ground issues facing the industry. This is truly representative government as our elected representatives remain in touch with the people and businesses they represent in Washington on behalf of the state of Arkansas.”
For more information about AF&PA, its members and the products they make, visit www.afandpa.org.
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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue 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 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.