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.”

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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.

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A Big Piece of Wood Work

Bay Wood Products President Jimmy Wilson is featured in Business Alabama.  

“Here is my philosophy,” says Bay Wood Products President Jimmy Wilson, from his County Road 64 office, embedded in a skyline of stacked pallet and crate towers. “What we do here is not that difficult; anybody can build a pallet.” 

But he adds, “What sets us apart from many others in this industry is we service our customers to death.” In a good way.

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$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