Supporting The Central PA Lumber and Wood Industry

The KWPA strives to strengthen and expand the base of the forest products manufacturers in the central Pennsylvania region in order to maintain and enhance the industry’s competitive position in today’s global economy.


Organization Goals

  • Improve the available workforce with increased skills relevant to the needs or members and the industry in the region
  • Promote career opportunities within the industry through education and outreach to educational institutions, elected officials and partners
  • Create partnerships with school districts to enhance their curriculum and create interest in member companies
  • Promote, market and facilitate the sales of PA value-added forest products
  • Reduce, limit or eliminate exportation of unprocessed logs from PA
  • Promote sustainable forest management practices

Membership Benefits

  • Get The Grain, our monthly newsletter, with the latest news and updates of the central PA lumber and wood products industry
  • Your company will be¬†promoted on KWPA’s website, Facebook page, and newsletter
  • Utilize KWPA to help you advertise events, job openings, or announcement

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As a member of KWPA you can connect and communicate with company leaders

KWPA represents all facets of the industry:

Support Companies

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Wood equipment and machinery sales

Wood tooling and systems design and manufacturing

Biotech companies

Primary and Secondary Processors

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Forester & Loggers

Sawmill operators

Millwork and joinery manufacturers

Finished product manufacturers of kitchens, furniture, flooring, veneer

Educators and Schools

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High school administrators and faculty

Vo-tech administrators and faculty

Post-secondary education professors at PA universities and technical Colleges

Organization History

The KWPA was formed in 2006 as result of two separate state agency initiatives. The Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC) had received funding from the PA Department of Labor and Industry to formalize a lumber and wood industry partnership within their region.

In 2006, a core group of lumber and wood companies formalized KWPA, established the organization as a 501(c) (6) organization and started recruiting members. In the central portion of Pennsylvania served by the KWPA, the wood industry is a larger proportional contributor to the economy than any other region in the state. The $1.7 billion of production by the wood products industry accounts for 15% of the total manufacturing output of the region and 5% of the region’s total economy. The nearly 12,000 individuals employed in wood products account for 19% of the region’s manufacturing employment. Total economic impact by the wood products industry in this region is $2.3 billion. (Penn State 2007)

Membership Region

The Keystone Wood Products Association (KWPA) is a non-profit trade organization representing wood and lumber industry in the Central Pennsylvania Region consisting of these counties:

  • Centre
  • Clinton
  • Columbia
  • Juniata
  • Lycoming
  • Mifflin
  • Montour
  • Northumberland
  • Perry
  • Snyder
  • Union