Robertsdale's Bay Wood Products dips its toe into producing garden mulch and wood chips
Al.com, July 30, 2014
ROBERTSDALE, Alabama -- Bay Wood Products is getting into the garden mulch business. The Robertsdale manufacturer of wood products said it will also make wood chips that can be used for energy production, prompting an expansion if its facility in Baldwin County.
The venture requires about $600,000 in investment, said Jimmy Wilson, president of Bay Wood Products, and as many as four more employees.
Using an industrial grinder, some 60 tons of wood scraps are shredded and recycled every day at the plant. At first, the company gave the wood byproduct away.
"For 20 years (another) company has been taking the waste and the solids," Wilson said. "In the beginning no money changed hands."
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Bay Wood Products Inc. announces expansion and key staff additions
ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (July 24, 2014) -- Bay Wood Products Inc., a full service manufacturer of wooden pallets, rough-cut lumber, dunnage and custom crates, is launching a new division for the biofuel and landscaping markets, recycling scrap wood by shredding it into small chips that can be used as fuel for power generating boilers or to decorate gardens.
"We are recycling up to 60 tons of wood scraps a day, using an industrial grinder to make sawdust and mulch," said President Jimmy Wilson. "Ultimately, we'll transition to the colored mulch market by 2015, offering local suppliers a quality product for use in retail, wholesale and landscape design."
As the economy continues to expand, so has Bay Wood Products. Since 2008, the business has grown from about 80 employees to a staff of more than 100 at the 20 acre site off Interstate 10 between Mobile and Pensacola. Annual revenues have climbed from about $12 million five years ago to more than $20 million in 2013, according to Wilson. While some new customers have been added, Wilson said most of the increase in sales is attributed to long-time clients.
“Moving Forward Together” from the desk of Jimmy Wilson, President
As the economy continues to improve this summer, business appears to be thriving for many of our customers as well. I'm pleased to project a strong finish for Bay Wood Products in 2014.
Financial analysts who study the lumber market and other key economic indicators point to lower unemployment rates and longer workweeks in the first half of 2014 as proof that more Americans are finding jobs and earning higher wages. And the jump in industrial production for manufactured goods in February of this year is a good example of how one market can have positive influences on others.
As we look ahead to more growth in the pallet, wood crate and dunnage industry along the Gulf Coast, it is with great pleasure that I announce the addition of four new members of the Bay Wood Products team.
Morris Neeb joined Bay Wood Products in July as Chief Operating Officer, a new position for our company. His strong background in finance and management with a national steel manufacturer will be a solid, experienced fit as we continue to expand.
Walker Wilson, a 2011 Auburn graduate and my son, now serves as a softwood lumber buyer for Bay Wood Products.
Amanda Pouncey joined Bay Wood in August 2013 as receptionist and recently transitioned to the accounts payable position.
July also has brought another positive contribution to the special products services provided by Bay Wood Products. A state-of-the-art RotoChopper has been installed and is recycling up to 60 tons of wood scraps daily into sawdust and mulch that are sold to make bio-fuel. Ultimately, we hope to transition to the colored mulch market by early 2015, offering local suppliers a quality product for use in retail, wholesale and landscaping markets.
I encourage you to visit our website to learn more about Bay Wood happenings. On behalf of everyone at Bay Wood, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your business. It remains our pleasure to serve you!