Founded in August, 1994, Bay Wood Products Inc. marks 22 years in business in 2016 with new customers and continued growth, according to Founder and President Jimmy Wilson.
Recognized as one of the largest single site producers of wooden pallets, dunnage, custom crates, and specialty products in Alabama and the Mississippi/Florida Gulf Coast, the privately held firm employs more than 120 men and women at its 20-acre site off I-10 in Robertsdale, Alabama.
In 2008, Bay Wood reported $12 million in annual revenue. By 2013, annual revenues exceeded $20 million, Wilson said. "I never would have dreamed it would have grown to be this size. I thought if I could get to $10 million in sales I would have arrived. We went by that figure screaming."
In 1995, the year after Bay Wood opened, the business was manufacturing an average of 35 truckloads of wooden pallets a month. In July 2014, the company produced 190 truckloads of pallets that month. On average, the staff of Bay Wood Products produces 2.5 million board feet of lumber a month resulting in an average of 95,000 pallets every month.
Under Wilson's leadership and specialized management team, one of Alabama's largest producers of wooden pallets has continued to expand. With an eye on reducing waste, Bay Wood launched a new division in 2014, now recycling up to 60 tons of wood scraps a day. The company invested in an industrial grinder to make sawdust for the biofuel market and mulch for landscaping.
Bay Wood Products through the Years
Construction underway for third plant at Bay Wood’s 20-acre site as demand for custom wooden pallets increases. Now averaging 95,000 pallets per month.
A visit by Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., on May 27, 2015, results in positive national policy changes benefitting manufacturers and those who use wooden pallets and crates.
Celebrates 20 years in business in Baldwin County.
Launches new biofuel and mulch division, as plant produces up to 60 tons of scrap wood daily. Averaging 190 truckloads of pallets a month.
Founder and President Jimmy Wilson elected to National Wood Pallet and Container Association for three-year Board of Director's term.
Installs second heat-treating unit, now treating up to 80% of inventory. Purchased GBN nailing machine – again, in response to increased customer demand.
Merges with Pensacola Skid & Pallet merges. Employee ranks expand again.
Installs first heat-treating unit.
Purchases new Viking nailing machine in response to increased customer demand.
Demand for plywood boxes and crates increase as new businesses locate in Baldwin County.
Constructs second plant at the Baldwin County site, primarily for recycling. Employees now total 40.
Reports annual revenues of $2 million. Averages 35 truckloads of wooden pallets a month.
Opens with a staff of 19 on 20 acres in Robertsdale, Alabama.