Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Despite rising residential construction, downstream markets are weaning their reliance on support services, causing the industry to grow sluggishly in the five years to 2016. Moving forward, forest support service providers are expected to generate some revenue from outsourced firefighting and pest control operations; however, this trend will be insufficient to offset reduced demand from primary private markets. In addition, increasing vertical integration by key downstream markets will threaten the industry over the next five years. As a result, slow but steady revenue losses are expected to continue, signaling the long-term decline of this industry... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Forest support service operators tend to locate in proximity to large timber tracts, for which they can provide more immediate and cost-effective services. As a result, industry establishments are concentrated in the Southeast and the West regions, commensurate with the distribution of forestland in the United States.
The vast majority of forest support services operators are located in the Southeast region, which accounts for 41.3% of industry operators, according to the latest data from the Statistics of US Businesses. The top states in terms of operators are Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. The Southeast has historically been a major lumber producer given its relatively warm winters and level terrain... purchase to read more