This year’s list of largest forest products companies is little changed from last year. One company, however, ITW Shippers of Fordyce with 143 employees in 2013, fell off the list. It has been sold, according to a company employee, but the company failed to respond to repeated requests for information.
In addition, West Fraser Inc. of Germantown, Tennessee, a subsidiary of Canadian company West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., moved up the list to the No. 5 spot from No. 11 last year. West Fraser Timber’s purchase of two Arkansas sawmill and lumber manufacturing operations in the spring, Travis Lumber Co. of Mansfield and Bibler Brothers Lumber of Russellville, brought the number of its employees in the state up to 680 compared with 366 in 2013.