Forest Products Industry Leaders Visit Capitol Hill, Urging Congress to Protect Jobs from Unaffordable Regulations, and to Keep American Businesses Competitive

Jun 22, 2011

WASHINGTON – Forest products industry leaders from across the country are visiting Members of Congress today to represent the priorities of the more than one million workers in their industry - protecting jobs from unaffordable regulations like EPA’s Boiler MACT rule, and keeping American business competitive globally.  The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and the American Wood Council (AWC) are co-hosting the fly-in. 

“As one of the top manufacturing sectors in the American economy, it’s important for our companies to have a direct dialogue with Members of Congress about how federal regulations and legislation impact our ability to compete globally,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.  “In addition to the issues directed at us, we will take this opportunity to apprise our elected representatives of the proactive steps our industry is taking, such as our new sustainability initiative, titled Better Practices, Better Planet 2020: industry-wide goals announced earlier this year which capture the social, environmental and economic aspects of sustainability.” 

The CEOs and senior executives from 40 companies representing AF&PA and AWC will participate in over 70 meetings with Members of Congress and their staffs.  Their priority issues will include the need to ensure the proper time and parameters for EPA to construct an affordable and achievable Boiler MACT rule, and issues of competitiveness from trade and transportation, to building energy codes and green building policies.

“Our members look forward to representing the issues before our industry, and highlighting the positive contributions we make to the lives of everyday Americans,” said AWC President Robert Glowinski.  “The wood products industry continues to be a vital part of achieving the American dream of homeownership, and the companies that make those products deserve equal opportunity in policies concerning building products.  We look forward to speaking with our representatives on the issues concerning the more than 300,000 men and women of the wood products industry.”