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Wood Products and Packaging

Southeast Texas is the largest timber product producing are in the State.  There are thousands of acres of land utilized for growing trees and a number of regional facilities which process timber.

Map of wood products and packaging locations near Center, Texas.  Click here to download a PDF of this map

Hallmark - Center Fixture Operations originally chose Center in the 1960's due to its proximity of timber production, and is still in operation.  They manufacture all the in-store fixtures for Hallmark Stores and their displays in other major retailers.

The City feels that a wood or paper manufacturer would prosper for the same reason Hallmark has been here for 50 years:  a good workforce, great business environment and proximity to the timber industry.  The City is looking to recruit other businesses which could utilize local timber production such as:
Paper products,
Cardboard and packaging products,
Construction materials,
Furniture products,
Bio mass power generation.

Location Quotient Data
Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics - Shelby County
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing
2012 - 8.8
2013 - 9.69
2014 - 10.29
2015 -10.45

Timber Production Data

COUNTY Area of timberland- acres Number of live trees at least 1" diameter on timberland- trees Net volume of  live trees at least 5" diameter on timberland- cubic feet Aboveground dry weight of live trees at least 1" diameter on timberland- short tons Average annual net growth of live trees at least 5" diameter on timberland- cubic feet per year Average annual removals of live trees at least 5" diameter on timberland- cubic feet per year
Shelby 328,640 186,309,890 576,014,516 14,137,219 26,996,689 12,092,061

Click here for comparison data from other counties in East Texas