WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement regarding National Manufacturing Day held today. The recognition seeks to bring attention to the skilled labor shortage manufacturers face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.
"Wood products manufacturers not only make products essential to our everyday lives, they employ more than 360,000 people across the nation in family-wage jobs. Forest products manufacturing facilities are among the top five manufacturing employers in 20 states – and are the top manufacturing employer in Maine and Montana.
"In addition to our positive economic impact on the country, the wood products industry has undergone some exciting innovative changes in the past 40 years. The way trees are grown and harvested using sustainable forestry principles has reached a level of resource sustainability unmatched by other industries. Research has led to the development of new design methods and products which are pushing the conventional limits of wood-frame construction. Finally, wood products are the only renewable building product and the industry has created third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations so design professionals and consumers can keep the environmental impact of building materials in mind."