Forestry and Wood Products

Northwest Florida provides a great opportunity for wood product manufacturing. Ample natural resources, a skilled workforce and access to rail, ports and major highways aid in the continuing growth of this sector.

Featured Companies

International Paper

International Paper’s Pensacola mill has been in operation since 1941. Employing approximately 450, the mill produces linerboard, corrugating medium, and fluff pulp (used in hygiene products.) In 2012, the mill completed a $68M Water Quality Improvement Project that eliminated mill discharge, restoring 3,000 acres of wetlands.


Rex Lumber

Rex Lumber, operating since 1926, has two Southern Yellow Pine Sawmills in Northwest Florida.



Enviva’s Cottondale facility began production in 2008 as Green Circle Bioenergy. The plant has a production capacity of 700K metric tons per year, manufactured from a mix of untreated raw wood, waste wood and residuals. Pellets produced here are suitable for both industrial and residential customers. The facility employs more than 100 people including technicians, engineers and operators. Pellets produced at this facility are exported from Port Panama City, FL for international customers.


Georgia Pacific

Georgia Pacific operates an Oriented Strand Board (OSB) facility in Hosford. OSB is used in flooring and other building applications. Hosford burns by-products as fuel, saving non-renewable fossil fuels.


West Rock

WestRock operates a Containerboard and Pulp manufacturing facility in Panama City.


Apalachee Pole

Apalachee Pole, since 1986, produces CCA treated Southern Yellow Pine poles and pilings in a variety of sizes and grades.


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About Us

Florida’s Great Northwest is the regional economic development organization for the Florida Panhandle. Our region includes three MSAs: Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach and Panama City and 12 counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty and Franklin. We can provide your company confidential assistance with your relocation or expansion plans to Northwest Florida. Let us know how we can help!