Secondary Wood Manufacturing

The Indicator

The secondary wood manufacturing sector represents the remanufacture of lumber, plywood, paper and other timber products into finished goods, such as furniture, toys, containers, or structural components. It may also include paper manufacturing where this is carried out in a facility that does not also pulp timber. The location of these industry activities is predominantly influenced by proximity to other manufacturing and to wholesaling infrastructure, such as shipping, the availability of manufacturing supplies, and market outlets.

In order to create this indicator, industry output of secondary wood manufacturing sectors relative to total industry output of all industry sectors is evaluated at a county level to index the importance of these industries to the local economy.

Data for this indicator were taken from 1999 IMPLAN database from Minnesota IMPLAN Group, Inc. (http://www.implan.com/index.html). IMPLAN data files are compiled from a wide variety of sources including the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, the US Bureau of Labor, and Census.

These sources include:

Indicator Use

This indicator points to the importance of the forest products industry even in counties where forests themselves are not the dominant cover in the landscape. Regional loss or gain of forest land managed for economic purposes may impact these secondary wood manufacturing economies. The data comprising this indicator were among the regional factors used in the economic model for the Strategic Forest Lands Assessment.

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