The Benefits of Secondary Processor Membership In The Pennsylvania Forest Products Association
We need you to help an organization that looks out for our industry's economic and political
needs in Pennsylvania. PFPA is the only forest products industry group with two full-time
lobbyists in Harrisburg. We vigilantly guard against those who would endeavor to increase
governmental regulation on all segments of the industry.
The Pennsylvania Forest Products Association (PFPA) is ready and willing to assist you. Consider these reasons for joining PFPA:
Our recent successes on your behalf:
- Paying shipping costs to import hardwood lumber from out-of-state probably does not
enhance your profitability.
- PFPA works diligently to maintain rational access to the Commonwealth's forests. This
allows all segments of the forest products industry to add value to local raw material at a
- PFPA is Pennsylvania's only organization focusing on state government issues and
activities that affect all sectors of the forest products industry.
- PFPA supports state-sponsored research opportunities that affect secondary processors in
Pennsylvania and promotes the use of Pennsylvania raw materials and finished products
in state construction projects.
- PFPA membership provides you the opportunity to network with peers from various
sectors of the forest products industry. One of these multiple opportunities is the biennial
Timber Show hosted by PFPA, highlighting equipment and technology in the forest
products industry. Timber 2007 will be held at the Ag Progress Grounds near State
We are currently monitoring state developments that could have an effect on your business and
we will act to represent our member businesses in Harrisburg. With the Governor's new budget
initiatives come proposed tax increases. While few of these taxes target business directly, many
would result in higher operating costs. Among the proposed tax increases are the following:
- PFPA was successful in preventing new taxes on manufacturing emissions and
byproducts, which were proposed to repay the state's environmental bond. PFPA's
success saved secondary wood processors more than $1 million annually.
- An increase in the state's Sales and Use Tax from 6 percent to 7 percent.
- A new 6.17 percent Oil Company Gross Profits Tax, which will directly or indirectly result in
higher gas and heating oil prices for business.
- An electricity use tax of 1/20th of a cent per KwH to fund the $850 million alternative energy
bond. The impact for PFPA members would vary from an annual increase of a few hundred
dollars for smaller mills to more than $6,000 for larger secondary processing plants.
- A increase of $2.75 per ton in the municipal waste disposal fee used to fund hazardous clean
up and further pay for the Growing Greener II environmental bond, created in 2005.
- Companies that do not provide health insurance coverage to their employees would be subject
to a new 3 percent payroll tax.