BAY WOOD PRODUCTS INC. MARKS 22 YEARS IN WOODEN PALLET BUSINESS WITH PLANT ADDITION AND LEADERSHIP EXPANSION
ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (September 7, 2016) -- Bay Wood Products Inc., a full service manufacturer of wooden pallets, rough-cut lumber, custom crates, biofuel and mulch, is marking 22 years in business this month with a plant expansion and three key additions to the leadership team. The company was incorporated in August 1994, by founder and President Jimmy Wilson and a small group of investors.
Bay Wood Products Inc. is an Alabama success story, experiencing dynamic growth since 2008, when annual revenues were reported at about $12 million. Eight years later, in 2016, annual revenues are above $20 million at the privately held firm. Wooden pallets are an $11.5 billion industry, with nearly 3,000 mostly small family businesses operating in all 50 states.
The Robertsdale-based business' growth has resulted in the addition of key staff, some in newly created positions. The management team has expanded to include Facility Manager Chris Patillo, Logistics and Production Planner Andy Hosmer and Production Manager Jason Cummings.
"We're thrilled Chris, Andy and Jason have joined the Bay Wood team," Wilson said. "They bring experience, enthusiasm and new perspectives to the table." (Photo: Jimmy Wilson)
The local demand for custom built pallets and crates - used to ship products across the globe -- has resulted in the need for more space and more labor at the 20-acre site that employs 130. The latest expansion, now under construction, will allow Bay Wood Products more room for custom, hand-built wooden pallets, a service line that grew by more than 25 percent in 2015, Wilson said. An average of 95,000 pallets are crafted each month at Bay Wood.
“We ran out of room at our current facility,” he said. “The expansion will allow us to built pallets more efficiently and will increase our ability to provide cut-to-size lumber and dunnage that’s not already assembled.”
Plans call for the newest Bay Wood Products plant to be online by December 2016, Wilson said.
Robertsdale, AL-based Business Owner Joins National Wooden Pallet & Container (NWPCA) Industry Peer Leaders in Meetings with Lawmakers at Washington, DC Congressional Fly-in
Photo: Larry Howell with Cottondale Wood Products, Senator Shelby, Walker Wilson and Jimmy Wilson with Bay Wood Products
ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (July 14, 2016) -- A leadership team from Robertsdale, AL- based, Bay Wood Products (BWP) traveled to Washington in early June to meet with members of Congress and their staff members. Bay Wood President and founder Jimmy Wilson, along with BWP lumber buyer Walker Wilson, joined a delegation from the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) for the visit.
The NWPCA Congressional Fly-in, on June 7-8 in Washington, was held in conjunction with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) 2016 Manufacturing Summit. Manufacturers from across the U.S. met with legislators to advocate for policies that play a critical role in the nation’s economic growth. Larry Howell, President of Cottondale Wood Products, Tuscaloosa, AL and Jimmy Wilson, President of Bay Wood Products, Robertsdale, AL (pictured above), are both active on the NWPCA executive board.
Jimmy and Walker Wilson, residents of Pensacola, FL, along with Howell a resident of Tuscaloosa, AL attended scheduled meetings with aids for Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Alabama Senator Richard Shelby. In addition, Wilson said they talked with Senator Shelby and Congressman Gary Palmer, AL 6th District, during the visit. Walker Wilson met with staff for Alabama Congressman Bradley Byrne.
Handmade Table Holds Historic Significance for U.S. Pallet Industry
(l-r) Jim Schwab, Pallet Logistics of America; Brent McClendon, NWPCA; Jimmy Wilson, Bay Wood Products, Inc.; Jim Taylor, Pensacola Skid & Pallet, Inc.; Robert Trexler, Pasadena Skid & Pallet, Inc.; Bob Wenner, Pallet Service Corporation; Hollis Large; Tommy Orr, WNC Pallet & Forest Products Co.; Tom Thrash, WNC Pallet & Forest Products Co.
More than 40 years ago, a group of well-intentioned young men commissioned a coffee table be made to resemble a high-end wooden pallet. The table was to be a gift for an influential U.S. Senator credited with bringing new industry and jobs to impoverished West Virginia.
As it turns out, the gift never made it to the lawmaker. A supervisor of the young men at a forest products marketing laboratory where they worked, discovered the table and squashed the plan. The table was destined for the office of the now late Senator Robert Byrd. That supervisor also directed an employee to take the one-of-a-kind gift out of the government-run office, and that is how the handsome table wound up with Hollis Large.
Large, a recent college graduate in 1971 with an entrepreneurial spirit, was leaving the USDA Forest Service Facility in Princeton, West Virginia to embark on a pallet manufacturing career in north Alabama. Decades later, Large gave the table to his friend and business partner Jimmy Wilson, the founder and president of Bay Wood Products in southern Alabama.
For a few years in the early 1970s, Large worked with the USDA Forestry Division in West Virginia. “I was placed in the pallet project division,” he said. “Our focus and objective was to find and develop markets for low-grade hardwood lumber” which was abundant there. Large and his coworkers, including the late Hugh Reynolds and the late Dr. Walt Wallin, decided the U.S. Postal Service might be a good customer for wooden pallets. At the time, the postal service was still using heavy canvas bags to ship magazines and other periodicals.
“What Hugh had in mind,” Large said, “was instead of putting them in mail sacks, to put them in bundles and stack them on wood pallets.”