It's National Forest Products Week, a nationally designated time to recognize the contributions of forest products manufacturers to the lives of all American citizens. In my opinion, the U.S. forest products industry is one our country’s greatest success stories.
National Forest Products Week began in 1960 with Congress proclaiming “our country and its people have always found constant strength, individual peace and personal pride in the bounty of forest and timberland; and from the beginning of our Nation’s founding, the forest and its products have provided a core of living and freedom touching and inspiring each citizen with majestic beauty and practical use.”
Georgia-Pacific alone accounts for nearly 15 percent of all jobs in the forest products industry and we are a vital economic engine in our communities. Our 33,000 jobs in the U.S. generate wages and benefits for another 60,000 people – which results in a combined economic value of more than $300 billion – not including the billions of dollars of goods and services we purchase.
Here is a recent infographic that tells the story of Georgia-Pacific’s impact on society.
One of the things that always strikes me when I visit our locations is the pride our Georgia-Pacific teams show in what they do. This week, we can be especially proud of our company and its place in our great industry.