Thanks to our benefactors
The 2016 Southern Forest Products Export Conference would not be possible without the generous financial support of the sponsors listed below. Please take a moment to read about these champion supporters and visit their respective websites.
KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation is a leading North American producer of unbleached Kraft paper and corrugated packaging products with annual revenues exceeding $3 billion and a workforce of approximately 6,000 people. KapStone’s paper mills produce a wide spectrum of kraft and recycled products ranging from containerboard, including liner and medium, to kraft papers, saturating kraft and folding carton board. The mill’s product portfolio contains several branded products including Kraftpak.®, DuraSorb®, TEA-Kraft® and FibreShield® as well as a focus on extensible kraft paper grades and on high-performance, lightweight linerboard. KapStone’s corrugated packaging business offers an array of fully equipped corrugator Box Plants, Sheet Plants and Sheet Feeders providing industrial and retail corrugated packaging solutions for any customer, regardless of size or demands. Victory Packaging is KapStone’s North American distributor of all types of packaging specializing in providing unique solutions for its clients with 65 distribution centers across North America.
South Carolina Ports Authority
The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) promotes, develops and facilitates waterborne commerce to meet the current and future needs of its customers, and for the economic benefit of the citizens and businesses of South Carolina. The SCPA fulfills this mission by delivering cost competitive facilities and services, collaborating with customers and stakeholders, and sustaining its financial self-sufficiency. Founded in 1942, the South Carolina Ports Authority owns and operates public marine terminals at two port facilities: The Port of Charleston and the Port of Georgetown. These facilities are owner-operated terminals, meaning the SCPA owns the terminals, operates all container cranes, manages and operates all container storage yards and leads all customer service functions in both the yard and the lanes.
South Carolina Power Team
South Carolina Power Team is the economic development organization of the state-owned electric utility Santee Cooper and the state’s 20 electric cooperatives. Together, they provide power to more than 2 million South Carolinians. The Power Team was established in 1988 to promote economic development in South Carolina. South Carolina Power Team is dedicated to supporting our local and regional partners in promoting, attracting, and retaining business and new industry. We accomplish this through our community-focused initiatives, which place emphasis on competitiveness and community preparedness. In collaboration with our partners—the state’s 20 electric cooperatives and Santee Cooper—we are able to offer several incentives to advance communities.
South Carolina Certified Tree Farm Program
The SC Tree Farm Program was established in 1946 as recognition for good forest practices by volunteers from the wood supply chain, with the addition of third-party verified certification in 2003. SC Tree Farm has several key goals including membership activity in advocacy, networking and providing landowner outreach and education opportunities as well as on-the-ground services to woodland owners. The Certified Tree Farm Program is establishing a group of tree farmers who know and care that they’re part of the Tree Farm community, value their membership in the program, proudly display the Tree Farm sign, and are actively engaged in sustainable forestry and wildlife habitat and diversity while managing to American Tree Farm System standards for certification.
U.S. Forest Service
The U.S. Forest Service is a multi-faceted federal agency that manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 44 states and Puerto Rico. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The USFS has an elite wildland firefighting team and the world’s largest forestry research organization. Its experts provide technical and financial help to state and local government agencies, businesses and private landowners, and they work government-to-government with tribes to help protect and manage non-federal forest and associated range and watershed lands. The agency augments its work through partnerships with public and private agencies that help it plant trees, improve trails, educate the public,and improve conditions in wildland/urban interfaces and rural areas, just to name a few. The Forest Service also promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation internationally. Gifford Pinchot, first Chief of the Forest Service, summed up the mission of the Forest Service: "to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run."