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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association President & CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement in support of President Trump’s directive to support U.S. manufacturing by expediting the permitting process and reducing regulatory burden affecting domestic manufacturing.
“We welcome this Presidential memorandum as a valuable step in addressing the anti-competitive and burdensome permitting processes that thwart innovation and even environmentally-beneficial projects at our facilities. Our top advocacy priority is ensuring regulations do more good than harm,” said Harman. “We will be working with the Administration and Congress to achieve that goal so our companies can grow and create jobs. With 900,000 employees in family-wage jobs in large and small communities across 45 states, the forest products industry is the face of U.S. manufacturing. Our future grows even brighter when forward-thinking public policy unleashes our ability to invest, innovate and compete on a greater scale.”
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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 www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.