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Paper Products Industry Leaders to Advocate for Supportive Economic Policy in Massachusetts on May 10

May 09, 2018
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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman highlighted the value of Massachusetts paper products manufacturers to the economy ahead of Massachusetts Advocacy Day. During face-to-face meetings with state legislators at the State House in Boston, MA on May 10, AF&PA and member company representatives will advocate for common-sense public policy that will help Massachusetts companies grow the economy and create jobs.

“More than 125 pulp, paper and packaging manufacturers and mill facilities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts provide family-wage jobs to more than 12,000 men and women; impressive numbers that deserve to increase,” said Harman. “Legislation that supports effective recovery of paper and paper-based packaging, fair treatment of paper bags and sound energy policy will go a long way toward helping Massachusetts companies achieve that goal. AF&PA thanks lawmakers for keeping that conversation moving forward and encourages lawmakers to work with local industry to advance common sense public policies that will support economic growth and job creation in the Bay State.” 


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.