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WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) issued the following statement in support of Manufacturing Day 2016 which will be recognized across the country on Friday, October 7.
Manufacturing Day is co-produced by manufacturing industry leaders to underscore the benefits of manufacturing. Thousands of manufacturers are opening their doors to provide Americans a first-hand look at operations so they can better understand manufacturing and the jobs it creates. AF&PA represents an industry that is among the top 10 manufacturing employers in 45 states, employing nearly 900,000 men and women across the nation.
“Today’s knowledge can help build a stronger economy tomorrow; that’s why we support Manufacturing Day,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “By showcasing paper and wood product manufacturers, Americans have an opportunity learn more about our role in manufacturing. We represent 4 percent of U.S. manufacturing GDP and use highly innovative and sustainable business practices. We make products that people rely on every day at facilities that provide family-wage jobs and anchor the local economy. It’s a story with a bright future, and Manufacturing Day is another great opportunity to tell it.”
For more information about AF&PA and the products they made, visit www.afandpa.org, and follow #MfgDay2016 on Twitter for real-time news on Manufacturing Day 2016 activities.
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 www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.