APEG’s Forest to Furniture (F2F) Program originated in 2013 under an EDA Make it in America Challenge grant. The F2F Program has maintained and expanded its focus on the region’s wood products industry via an SBA Regional Innovation Cluster grant awarded in 2015. Overall, the program serves Ohio’s 32 Appalachian-designated counties by creating an “ecosystem of support” for regional hubs of wood products manufacturers.
The goal of the project is to connect these manufacturers and provide high-value services at little or no cost to their business. Several program services are provided to small businesses that otherwise could not afford the assistance needed to grow their operation. The F2F Program applies its resources to the following areas: Technical Manufacturing Support, a Supply Chain Database, Workforce Training, as-needed Export Assistance, and Cluster Research & Analysis.