CONGRESSIONAL VISIT TO BAY WOOD PRODUCTS OF ROBERTSDALE, AL

Congressman Bradley Byrne’s Plant Tour Scheduled for May 27

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (May 15, 2015) -- Congressmen Bradley Byrne, R-AL, is scheduled to visit Bay Wood Products, Inc., from 10:00-11:00 a.m. CT on May 27, 2015, to tour the 20-acre site and learn more about the $11.5 billion wooden pallet and container industry in the U.S. and worldwide.

Bradley Bryne

“I always enjoy visiting local businesses to learn more about their operation and how policies in Washington impact businesses on the Gulf Coast. My visit to Bay Wood Products is no different. I look forward to visiting with Mr. Wilson, meeting some of his employees, and learning more about his impressive business.” – Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL)

Jimmy Wilson

Baldwin County-based Bay Wood Products’ Founder and President Jimmy Wilson said he hopes the Congressman’s visit will allow him to gain a better understanding of the sometimes complex issues facing small business owners, including the 625 who belong to the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA). Wilson previously served on NWPCA’s Board of Directors, and continues to work to raise awareness about the wooden pallet industry and its broad impacts on the Alabama Gulf Coast and beyond. (Photo: Jimmy Wilson)

While wooden pallets literally move most products across the globe, the industry often remains a mystery to those not directly involved in it. Statistics show the vast majority of consumer and manufacturing goods, domestically and internationally, move on pallets, with 94% of all pallets crafted from wood. The wooden pallet industry is an $11.5 billion American success story with nearly 3,000 mostly small family businesses operating in all 50 states.

Congressman Bradley Byrne’s Plant Tour Scheduled for May 27

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (May 15, 2015) -- Congressmen Bradley Byrne, R-AL, is scheduled to visit Bay Wood Products, Inc., from 10:00-11:00 a.m. CT on May 27, 2015, to tour the 20-acre site and learn more about the $11.5 billion wooden pallet and container industry in the U.S. and worldwide.

Bradley Bryne

“I always enjoy visiting local businesses to learn more about their operation and how policies in Washington impact businesses on the Gulf Coast. My visit to Bay Wood Products is no different. I look forward to visiting with Mr. Wilson, meeting some of his employees, and learning more about his impressive business.” – Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL)

Bradley Bryne

Baldwin County-based Bay Wood Products’ Founder and President Jimmy Wilson said he hopes the Congressman’s visit will allow him to gain a better understanding of the sometimes complex issues facing small business owners, including the 625 who belong to the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA). Wilson previously served on NWPCA’s Board of Directors, and continues to work to raise awareness about the wooden pallet industry and its broad impacts on the Alabama Gulf Coast and beyond. (Photo: Jimmy Wilson)

While wooden pallets literally move most products across the globe, the industry often remains a mystery to those not directly involved in it. Statistics show the vast majority of consumer and manufacturing goods, domestically and internationally, move on pallets, with 94% of all pallets crafted from wood. The wooden pallet industry is an $11.5 billion American success story with nearly 3,000 mostly small family businesses operating in all 50 states.

Bradley Bryne

“Our industry needs to ensure our decision makers in Washington, DC, are familiar with our business,” said Patrick Atagi, NWPCA Vice President for Advocacy and External Affairs. “When a legislative or regulatory challenge arises, we want to be able to go to lawmakers and have a powerful ally who knows and can speak to our industry and its concerns.” (Photo: Patrick Atagi)

Wilson, who founded Bay Wood Products more than 20 years ago, has watched his manufacturing company grow in unexpected directions. Recognized as one of the largest single site producer of wooden pallets, dunnage and custom crates in Alabama and the Mississippi/Florida Gulf Coast, the privately held firm now employs more than 100. On average, Bay Wood Products staff produces an average of 95,000 pallets every month.

With an eye on reducing waste, Bay Wood launched a new division in July, 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.

“We are an environmentally friendly and sustainable industry,” Wilson said. “We are very selective about the people we buy from, including those who supply raw materials, and are extremely conscientious about reforestation. We use by-products of the wood industry, recycling what others might consider waste, which has a major impact on sustainability and landfill avoidance.”

Facts about Pallets

  • There are at least 2 billion pallets in circulation at any given time in the United States.
  • Pallets and containers are an $11.5 billion industry worldwide.
  • There are 2,700 pallet companies in the U.S employing some 67,000 workers.
  • Wooden pallets account for 95 percent of the U.S. market.
  • Recycled and refurbished wooden pallets account for 65 percent of the wooden pallet market.

About Bay Wood Products Inc.

Since 1994, Bay Wood Products has been a full service manufacturer of wooden pallets, rough cut lumber, dunnage and custom crates with a recent expansion into the biofuel and mulch markets. Bay Wood crafts pallets of all sizes and specifications for big industry, large chemical companies, manufacturers, local farmers and shipping. Using the Pallet Design System (PDS) computerized technology, each pallet is created to meet a customers' specific needs. Large petroleum and chemical companies, as well as steel manufacturers, make up the largest portion of Bay Wood Products' client base. For more information about the company, call 251.960.1107 or visit bay-wood-products.com.

Bradley Bryne

National Wooden Pallet & Container Association
Background and Advocacy Goals

The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) is the largest international organization of wood packaging professionals in the world. The vast majority of consumer and manufacturing goods, domestically and internationally, moves on pallets - and 94% of all pallets are wooden. The wooden pallet industry is an $11.5 billion American success story. There are nearly 3,000 mostly small family businesses operating in all 50 states and nearly every Congressional district. We are an integral piece of the American supply chain and logistics industry, from forest and farm to factory and fork. NWPCA has 640 member companies located throughout the United States and in 28 countries.

Manufacturing and Small Business Issues: The majority of NWPCA member companies are small family businesses and provide jobs throughout the country. The pallet industry contends with the same issues as most American businesses and manufacturers, and its own specific issues including:

  • Regulatory Reform – NWPCA members are subject to stringent regulation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The wooden pallet industry supports a fair and reasonable regulatory process that fosters public-private partnerships.
  • Immigration – Reforming the immigration system is crucial in keeping our American industry competitive. NWPCA supports legislative action to streamline procedures for temporary worker and immigrant visas. It is essential that immigrant workers be permitted to meet the needs of employers without displacing American workers.
  • Transportation and Trucking – Wood pallets are a key part of U.S. supply chain competitiveness. NWPCA supports regulations that ensure road safety and are responsive to the needs of American truck drivers. NWPCA applauds the recent decision to not enforce the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hours of service ‘restart’ rules and supports enabling states to opt to permit 97,000 pound trucks equipped with a sixth axle on interstate highways.

Environment – Wood pallets are 100% renewable, recyclable and reusable. NWPCA members have a long history of leading on recycling initiatives and support policies that encourage expanded wood recycling.

  • Federal Support for Environmental and Safety Advancements – NWPCA supports government policy to encourage the GAO, DoD, and other agencies to favor wood pallets for their environmental credentials. This would also ensure optimal material use resulting in fuel conservation for the federal government and supply chain material handling safety - accomplished through requiring the use of industry-standard pallet engineering tools such as Pallet Design System™.
  • Federal and Private Forest Management - A stable, affordable and environmentally responsible supply of timber is key for an efficient wood pallet industry. NWPCA supports initiatives that protect important natural resources and advance sustainable forest management.
  • Endangered Species – NWPCA is committed to promoting effective and balanced legislative and regulatory improvements that support biodiversity and responsible resource use.

For more information:
National Wooden Pallet & Container Association
Patrick Atagi, NWPCA Vice President for Advocacy and External Affairs
703.519.6104, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.