Wisconsin’s pulp, paper and converting industries generated $18.16 billion in economic output and employed 30,262 workers in 2018. Collectively, the paper industry is the fifth-largest manufacturing sector in Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s paper industry is significant not only within the state: It leads the nation by many metrics, including in value of products sold, number of employees and number of paper mills.
This research finds that total economic contributions of the pulp, paper and converting industries, through direct, indirect and induced effect is estimated to produce or support $28,885,298,447 in economic output and 95,852 Wisconsin jobs. Details for economic contributions at the state and county level are on pages 51- 94.