RoyOMartin 2020 highlights and 2021 plans


The coming year looks bright for RoyOMartin with the plywood plant in Chopin to celebrate 25 years of operation. The administration shared the highlights and accomplishments of 2020.

•RoyOMartin and its subsidiaries experienced no reductions in force or production curtailments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It maintains a workforce of approximately 1,250.

•Led by its team of healthcare providers, including staff at its Alexandria-based employee clinic Legacy Health & Wellness, RoyOMartin successfully executed its pandemic plan, developed more than a decade ago. Infection-mitigation measures helped prevent considerable COVID-related impacts on its workforce.

•RoyOMartin President and COO E. Scott Poole was appointed to the Louisiana Legislative Advisory Task Force on Economic Recovery.

•Like similar manufacturers, RoyOMartin experienced favorable U.S. market conditions for wood products. RoyOMartin maintained exceptional order files for its plywood, oriented strand board and solid wood products to support surges in housing, infrastructure and furniture production.

•RoyOMartin continued making capital investments across its Louisiana and Texas facilities to ensure the organization’s long-term growth and competitiveness.

•RoyOMartin received two National Association of Manufacturers Manufacturing Leadership awards for its “I Believe” and “WoodWorks” workforce-development programs. Additional local and national recognition was received for the company’s retirement-plan offering, pandemic response, women in manufacturing programming and stakeholder communications.

•The company held its first virtual RoyOMartin Women in Manufacturing Day in October. This event, which educates school-age young women about careers in industry, was hosted live on Facebook and is available for viewing on the company’s social-media pages and website. RoyOMartin Women in Manufacturing Day is offered in conjunction with Manufacturing Day, a project of the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute. Learn more.

•In August, RoyOMartin’s land and timber department completed 13 years without an OSHA-recordable injury.

•RoyOMartin held its 16th and final BHA Guns and Golf Classic benefitting the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries. Approximately $3 million has been raised for the nonprofit since the tournament’s inception.

RoyOMartin employees and Martin family members continued their generosity by supporting a number of other causes. For example, RoyOMartin served as the presenting sponsor of both the Louisiana Women in Agriculture conference and the American Cancer Society’s virtual Relay on the Red fundraising event.

The company is also currently in the midst of annual fundraising for the United Way of Central Louisiana, for which it is consistently a top giver in employee and corporate campaigns. The Martin Foundation continues to fund a number of causes, especially those addressing social, educational and cultural needs.

•In November, RoyOMartin joined partners from across the U.S. in a hurricane-relief effort to benefit south and central Louisiana residents. California-based Morning Star, producer of tomato products, donated 200,000 pounds of food products, which RoyOMartin helped acquire and distribute.

2021 Outlook

•RoyOMartin-Plywood in Chopin will celebrate 25 years of operations in 2021.