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AF&PA Supports Manufacturing Day 2017

Oct 03, 2017

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WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) issued the following statement in support of Manufacturing Day 2017 which will be recognized across the country on Friday, October 6.

“What better way to tell America’s ‘manufacturing story’ than to swing industry doors open and show off operations. Sharing knowledge first hand helps build a bold economy and is why we so strongly support Manufacturing Day,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “Our jobs are the heartbeat of local economies and serve to produce products that help make everyday life convenient, safe and easier. Add in the chapters on highly innovative and sustainable business practices and our representation of four percent of U.S. manufacturing GDP, and you’ve got a best seller - today and for generations to come.”  

BACKGROUND: Manufacturing Day is an annual celebration co-produced by manufacturing industry leaders to underscore the benefits of and educate the public about manufacturing. Thousands of manufacturers are opening their doors to provide Americans a look at operations so they can better understand manufacturing and the jobs it creates. AF&PA represents the pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products industry that is among the top 10 manufacturing employers in rural and urban communities across 45 states, employing nearly 900,000 men and women.

For more information about AF&PA and the products our industry makes, visit, and follow #MFGDay17 on Twitter for real-time news on Manufacturing Day 2017 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 four 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 or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.