Forest Products Industry Becomes NC's Largest Manufacturer

The state's forest products industry has taken over as North Carolina's largest manufacturing industry.

Figures collected by the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University show that the textile industry has been surpassed based on employment and wages.

The number of people working in the state logging, wood products, paper and furniture industries as of the middle of 2006 was more than 103-thousand, compared to 82-thousand-110 in textile mills, textile product mills and apparel manufacturing.

Forest products industries paid annual wages of 3-point-6 billion dollars. Annual textile industry wages were two and a half billion dollars.