Alabama is a forestry powerhouse with over 23 million acres of forestland, covering 69% of its land. This abundant resource, coupled with a favorable climate for tree growth and a strategic Southeast location, makes it a major player in the forestry industry, leading to active investments in the state by prominent industry leaders like Georgia Pacific and Weyerhaeuser.


acres of timberland


37k employed in forestry
product sector


U.S. producer of

pulp & paper


in forestry product

exports in 2023

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Scope of the industry

The industry’s scope is massive in Alabama, with the total value of manufactured products exceeding $12.5 billion annually, according to the American Forest & Paper Association. Alabama employment in forestry and logging, wood products, and pulp and paper totals almost 40,000, with annual payroll income topping $2.4 billion. The state is home to over 110 manufacturing facilities including sawmills, paper mills and other production sites

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Rural Development

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Two Rivers Lumber Co. LLC plans to invest $115 million to build a state-of-the-art sawmill in Coosa County as the company’s second operation in Alabama.

Why Alabama for Forestry Products?

Why Alabama?

Alabama is a state of makers, builders, and doers. So, whatever you make or build, you can do it in Alabama. We’re a launching point for aerospace, aviation, and defense. A leader in automotive production. A home for startups, technology, and research breakthroughs. And drawing on our manufacturing roots, we’re helping to usher in the industrial evolution in America.

Alabama’s prime location in the South and on the Gulf Coast grants it nearly unlimited access to the national and international markets. Alabama sits within a one day drive to all of the South and its nearly 150M residents.

Alabama’s strong workforce is a major attraction for businesses worldwide, driven by our commitment to skill development. Industry leaders like Mercedes-Benz and Airbus have benefited from on-site training programs in partnership with state workforce agencies; and our state’s focus on education and industrial training through colleges further strengthens Alabama’s appeal to businesses.

Alabama’s business approach is very inviting, offering global companies incentives, tax benefits, a skilled workforce, and excellent real estate options. Low taxes, affordable utilities, and a reasonable cost of living boost profits, and the state ensure ideal site locations and attractive incentives for long-term success in Alabama.

Alabama’s Business Development Division actively seeks corporate investors, promotes global expansion for local companies, supports small businesses, and collaborates with various stakeholders for comprehensive investor support. The state also engages with communities to enhance competitiveness and contribute significantly to Alabama’s economic growth strategy, making the state attractive to investors, businesses, and job seekers.