The Timber Industry is Booming in Arkansas
PAPER & TIMBER PRODUCTS
The second leading lumber producing state in the South and fourth in the nation, Arkansas has 18.5 million acres of productive timberland. The state’s forests include oak-hickory (41 percent), pine (31 percent), bottomland hardwoods (16 percent), oak-pine (10 percent) and cedar (2 percent). Arkansas is committed to maintaining an extensive and reliable wood source for its paper and timber products companies.
Arkansas's forestry industry directly employs over 24,700 workers which is significantly higher than the national average.
Conifex Timber Inc., a forestry and sawmilling company, announced in February 2017, that it will modernize and re-start a state-of-the-art sawmill complex in El Dorado. Conifex will create approximately 120 new, full-time jobs as a result of its approximate $80 million commitment to the facility.
Highland Pellets LLC dedicated its new 600,000 metric ton per year wood pellet facility in Pine Bluff in November 2016. In August 2014, the company announced it would build the $229 million plant.
In April 2016, Sun Paper, one of the world’s top pulp and paper makers, announced it will open a bio-refinery in Clark County. Sun Paper will invest more than $1 billion in the bio-products mill and create 250 new jobs.