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Congressman Bradley Byrne toured Robertsdale pallet manufacturing plant Wednesday

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama -- Congressmen Bradley Byrne, R-AL, visited a Baldwin County business Wednesday which produces up to 95,000 wooden pallets and shipping containers a month to industries across the Gulf Coast.

Bradley Bryne

The squeals of saws and pops of pneumatic nail guns grew quiet as Byrne met with employees and addressed their concerns about everything from forestry issues to a longer snapper season to what he was doing in Washington to help veterans see doctors more quickly when they were sick.

Jimmy Wilson

“I really appreciate the opportunity to be here,” Byrne said. “I can do my job better in Washington every day if I have a better understanding of what you are doing here.”

Byrne spent more than an hour touring Bay Wood Products, Inc., with its founder and president, Jimmy Wilson. They walked across much of the 20-acre site off I-10 in Baldwin County, discussing Baywood’s place in the $11.5 billion wooden pallet and container industry.

“It really gave our workers a chance to have a voice they normally wouldn’t have,” Wilson said of the Congressman’s visit. “They asked some great questions.”

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama -- Congressmen Bradley Byrne, R-AL, visited a Baldwin County business Wednesday which produces up to 95,000 wooden pallets and shipping containers a month to industries across the Gulf Coast.

Bradley Bryne

The squeals of saws and pops of electric nail guns grew quiet as Byrne met with employees and addressed their concerns about everything from forestry issues to a longer snapper season to what he was doing in Washington to help veterans see doctors more quickly when they were sick.







“I really appreciate the opportunity to be here,” Byrne said. “I can do my job better in Washington every day if I have a better understanding of what you are doing here.”

Byrne spent more than an hour touring Bay Wood Products, Inc., with its founder and president, Jimmy Wilson. They walked across much of the 20-acre site off I-10 in Baldwin County, discussing Baywood’s place in the $11.5 billion wooden pallet and container industry.

“It really gave our workers a chance to have a voice they normally wouldn’t have,” Wilson said of the Congressman’s visit. “They asked some great questions.”

Wilson, who employs more than 100 workers at his plant, wanted Byrne to gain a better understanding of the sometimes complex issues facing small business owners. While wooden pallets literally move millions of products across the globe, the industry often remains a mystery. Even Congressman Byrne noted he had been to dozens of plants and never considered the story behind pallets. (Pictured: Jimmy Wilson)

“You see pallets everywhere you go,” Byrne told Wilson, “but you never think about where they come from. Someone has to make them. You are getting your wood locally and selling your pallets locally. That’s really good” for the local economy.

Statistics show the vast majority of consumer and manufacturing goods move on pallets, with 94 percent of all pallets crafted from wood. The wooden pallet industry is an American success story with nearly 3,000 mostly small family businesses operating in all 50 states.

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 that started with 17 workers now employs more than 100.

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 colored mulch for playgrounds and 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.”

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.


$1.5 million in
raw materials on site


$20 million
annual revenue


190 truckloads of
pallets monthly


Recycles up to 60
tons of wood scraps daily