About the Industry
The U.S. lumber industry is critical to the prosperity and growth of U.S. manufacturing and local communities nationwide. These workers, their families, timberland owners, downstream industries and communities across the country — from Maine to Montana, to Oregon, to Florida — are the reason we advocate for fair trade policies.
500 Manufacturing Facilities
Our facilities are all over the nation adding to the prosperity and growth of a nation.
Around the country, the industry is responsible for over 500 manufacturing facilities operating in the sawmill, millwork, and treating sectors. These facilities support about 750,000 jobs across America, including highly-skilled jobs utilizing robotics and 3D imaging, as well as high-paying skilled jobs that don’t require college degrees and 420 million acres of family-owned timberlands.
420 Million Acres of Timberlands
There are 420 million acres of timberlands owned by 10 million individual family forest landowners.
“When there’s more [lumber] industry here, we see a pick-up in everything else. We’ve already noticed a positive impact on our community. More jobs mean more people, which mean more commerce and life in the community. Who else would fill our tables?”
– A diner owner in Howland, Maine
“Fair trade is important for the lumber industry because in order to grow and modernize our mills and expand our mills, we need to compete in a level playing field.”