Executive Summary

The pine chemical industry is one of the oldest segments of the US chemical industry and can be traced back to the Colonial times. The industry directly contributes to the US economy with $1.92 billion in shipments 19 states employing nearly 1,900 workers and a payroll of $93 million. In 2010, the pine chemical industry had exports worth $434 million and imports worth $151 million with a trade surplus of $283 million. The industry has maintained a trade surplus as far as historical records go back.

The contributions of the pine chemicals industry go well beyond its direct economic footprint. Looking upstream, the economic output of the pine chemicals industry fosters indirect economic activity through its purchases and through the payrolls paid by the industry itself and its suppliers. This in turn leads to induced economic output as well. As a result, each job in the pine chemicals industry generates an additional 9.0 jobs elsewhere in the US economy, and $4.4 billion in additional upstream output.

Moreover, the economic contributions of pine chemistry extend downstream too. Pine chemicals are an essential input in paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, surfactants, printing ink, and other chemicals additives. In turn these products are used in construction, paper, cleaning products, printing and publishing and a variety of other industrial activity. The industry supports $11.2 billion in downstream economic output and 18,700 workers in “downstream” customer industries.

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