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Forestry Products

While it may seem to have little room for growth, Alabama’s forest products industry is expanding its base. Alabama has the second largest timberland base in the U.S., and companies like Georgia Pacific and Weyerhaeuser continue to make investments in the state.

With nearly 23 million acres of timberland, Alabama’s forested land is larger than Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island— combined.  In fact, Alabama’s forests are so fertile that the growth of softwood and hardwoods consistently outpaces their removal rate. Even with more than 650 forest manufacturing companies employing nearly 25,000 people and $1.1 billion of Alabama forest products exported in 2015, there’s still plenty of opportunity to be found. And that’s just what’s happening. In 2015, new capital investment by forest-product companies in Alabama topped $400 million, creating 275 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 2nd largest timberland base in the U.S.
  • 23 million acres of timberland in Alabama
  • $1.1 billion in forest product exports in 2015
  • 26,000 employed in forest product sector
  • 2nd largest producer of pulp and paper in the U.S.
  • No. 7 in lumber production
  • No. 8 in wood panel production

Forest Product Companies

  • Georgia Pacific
  • International Paper
  • WestRock
  • Kronospan
  • Brown-Forman Cooperage
  • Louisiana-Pacific
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • Zilkha Biomass Energy

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