Appalachian Lumbermen's Club

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November Meeting Report:

Pallet Industry Speaker Details Use To Appalachian Club

JOHNSON CITY, TN – Pallets are moving the world and hardwood lumber markets, according to a wood pallet industry spokesman.
Mark Barford, senior director of business development at the National Wood Pallet and Container Association, spoke at the November meeting of the Appalachian Lumbermen’s Club. He said the pallet industry uses approximately 35% of all hardwood sawmill production and about 10% of all softwood sawmill production in the United States.
The industry is estimated at $11.5 billion annually and there are 2 billion pallets in service in the U.S. every day with 94% of those units made of wood. The NWPCA has 670 members in 28 countries.
Barford said the pallet industry consumed more than 3.6 billion board feet of hardwood lumber in 2014. It is estimated that 3 billion board feet will be manufactured into pallets in 2017.
He said the wood pallet industry continues to face challenges from plastic and corrugated materials. Wood continues to dominate because of its strength, adaptability and value.
The association has begun an education campaign to teach customers, packaging specialists and packaging students about wood’s environmental benefits. A new website,, explains this and hopes are it will increase the use of wood packaging.
In 2015, the 2,700 pallet businesses in the U.S. employed more than 52,000 workers.
The next meetings of the ALC are Jan. 9, 2018 at the Crown Plaza in Hickory, NC, and March 13, 2018 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC. For more information on the club, please visit or follow on twitter at @AppLumber.

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September Meeting Report: 

AHEC’s Mike Snow Gives Update on International Markets

Mike’s presentation focused on the latest trade statistics for US hardwood exports and the factors that are driving current demand around the globe. He also explored AHEC’s promotional strategy and the opportunities presented by changing global perceptions of wood brought on by new technologies and sustainability measures.

View or download his presentation here.

See photos from the meeting.


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Appalachian Lumbermen’s Club Proudly Supports the Hardwood Forest Foundation

Hardwood Forest Foundation
Since 1989, the Hardwood Forest Foundation has worked to change student and teacher mis-conceptions about harvesting trees. You can view the video of Tommy MacDonald or learn more about the teacher materials available under activitrees, see the Truth about Trees kit, and much more. The Foundation has reached over 400,000 kids with our program and our goal is to reach one million by 2016.

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