About

Prior to 1980, Pennsylvania sawmill owners, being fiercely independent, saw their fellow mill owners only as competitors and not as allies. A mill owner would not dream of going onto the property of another mill owner or working together on issues of common interest.

This perspective changed in 1980, when a group of sawmill owners founded the Hardwood Lumber Manufacturers Association of Pennsylvania.

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Staff

Matt 

Gabler 

Executive Director
Bob Long PFPA, Membership Coordinator

Bob 

Long 

Membership Coordinator
Michelle McManus, Business Manager

Michelle 

McManus 

Business Manager

Mariah 

Stuck 

Administrative & Communications Coordinator

Board of Directors

Beryl Beagle
Shawn Blochberger
Duval Denlinger
Duval Denlinger
Brant Forcey, Forcey Lumber Company
Brant Forcey
Vice Chairman
Scott Hurst, Bingaman & Son Lumber Inc
Scott Hurst
Secretary / Treasurer
Chairman Nick Ince of Walker Lumber, Inc
Nick Ince
Immediate Past Chair
Vice President Ken Kane, Generations Forestry, Inc
Ken Kane
Chairman
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Aquilla King
Larry Labowski, AgChoice Farm Credit
Larry Labowski
Wes Miller

Our Vision

PFPA will be the predominant statewide advocacy organization for all sectors of the forest products industry, leading changes in state/local government policy and public perception that will enhance the bottom-line competitiveness, profitability and growth of its member companies.

Mission Statement

To promote the common interests of the forest products industry within Pennsylvania by:

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Code of Ethics

To take the lead in our industry to adhere to a high standard of conduct complimentary of the timber and forest products profession of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Hardwoods: Leading the Nation

#1 in hardwood growing stock

#1 in production of hardwood lumber

#1 in wood product exports

Pennsylvania’s Forest Products Industry

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Pennsylvania’s Sustainable Forest Resource

About 17 million acres – almost 60% of PA’s land area; more acres than 100 years ago.

PA’s forests are growing at 2-3 times the rate we harvest them.

Hardwood trees are a naturally regenerating renewable resource, meaning replanting is usually not necessary.

Pennsylvania Forest Products Association

A Brief History

Prior to 1980
Pennsylvania sawmill owners, being fiercely independent, saw their fellow mill owners only as competitors and not as allies. A mill owner would not dream of going onto the property of another mill owner or working together on issues of common interest.
1980
HLMA Founded
This perspective changed in 1980, when a group of sawmill owners founded the Hardwood Lumber Manufacturers Association of Pennsylvania. A number of Pennsylvania mill owners recognized that if they wanted beneficial changes to laws and regulations burdening the industry, they would have to stand up and work together for these changes. They realized that they could work together for the common interests of the industry while still competing economically as independent businesses. The first organizational meeting took place at a hotel in South Williamsport. The group named their organization the Hardwood Lumber Manufacturers Association of Pennsylvania (HLMA). Startup funds were committed by sawmills and a Board of Directors was formed. Originally, only sawmills operating in Pennsylvania were eligible to join HLMA, as the Board did not want to dilute the focus of the organization. In its infancy, the membership of the Association was modest. Membership grew over the years, as sawmills saw the effectiveness of the Association. One of HLMA’s first legislative accomplishments was the repeal of the state sales tax on firewood sales. HLMA representatives were invited by Governor Thornburgh to the formal signing of this law. As the years progressed, the Association gained recognition as the voice of the industry before the Pennsylvania General Assembly and regulatory agencies and its list of legislative and regulatory successes grew steadily. The Association currently represents the forest products industry on nearly two dozen key state government policy and advisory committees.
1980
1983
First Trade Show
In 1983, the Board decided to hold a timber industry trade show to bring sawmill operators and loggers together to see the latest equipment. In these early years, it was a major source of revenue for the Association and provided an opportunity to recruit new members. The Timber Show was initially an annual event, held at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. Later the show became a biennial event. The Timber Show has been held in York, Clearfield, and Harrisburg. Since 2005, this biennial exposition has been held at the Ag Progress Days site in Rock Springs. Our most recent Timber Show took place in 2021, drawing over 70 exhibitors and approximately 2,000 participants, which was notable in its success as one of the first major events in Pennsylvania since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
1983
2002
The Pennsylvania WoodMobile
The Association partnered with the Hardwoods Development Council to create the Pennsylvania Wood Mobile , a traveling interactive exhibit and education program for students and adults.
2002
2003
Evolution of PFPA
In 2003, HLMA formally changed its name to the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association to better reflect the group's diverse membership. Previously an exclusive sawmill group, the organization now represents diverse sectors of the industry. From loggers, foresters, forest landowners, and concentration and distribution yards. It includes secondary manufacturing such as cabinet, furniture, and flooring manufacturers, paper mills, fiberboard mills, and pallet mills. Members also include companies providing equipment and services to the forest products industry.
2003
2007-2020
Changes of Headquarters
At the end of 2007, PFPA moved its offices from Hershey to downtown Harrisburg. In late-2020 the PFPA relocated once again to a location on Third Street immediately across the street from the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex. The new office strategically positions PFPA staff footsteps from many of the leaders, policymakers and agencies most important to the interests of PFPA’s membership.
2007-2020
2019-2022
Real American Hardwood Coalition Founded
In 2019, PFPA joined several other associations from across the country to become a founding member of the Real American Hardwood Coalition, an industry-led effort to promote to consumers the superior beauty, durability and sustainability of authentic hardwood products over our competitors. This initiative is positioned to start reaching consumers in 2022.
2019-2022
2020
PA SFI 25th Anniversary
In 2020, the Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative (PA SFI) Implementation Committee marked its 25th Anniversary. PA SFI is the primary provider of logger training in Pennsylvania and supports landowner outreach programming. Over 7,000 individuals have participated in PA SFI logger training since 1996. PFPA serves as the sponsoring organization of PA SFI and the PA SFI Implementation Committee is a non-board committee of the PFPA.
2020