Forest and wood products represent a $24 billion industry in Ohio. This enormous economic contributor has been relatively underserved, a hardwood iceberg with different sectors apparent in different parts of the state until APEG recognized its contribution and potential. In recognition of this vast industry’s reach into all 32 of Ohio’s designated-Appalachian counties, the Small Business Administration is funding a Regional Innovation Cluster initiative through APEG to support and develop the small businesses making up this supply chain — Forest to Furniture.
Forest to Furiture
Forest and wood products represent a $24 billion industry in Ohio.
The eight million acres of Ohio’s forest (the majority located in eastern and southern counties) are 96 percent hardwoods, highly valued around the world. Oak, hickory, maple, beech and birch logs and sawed boards join the supply chain of manufactured wood products made in Ohio, North America and are exported to manufacturers around the globe.
n the eastern counties of Appalachian Ohio the primarily-Amish furniture making companies represent one of the largest hardwood furniture manufacturing sector in the nation. The region’s hardwood furniture is known for its quality workmanship and has a worldwide market.
APEG provides industry support for forest and wood products statewide through an SBA Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative. Ohio’s annual economic contribution from the forest and wood sector is $24.9 billion. Regional and Ohio economic impact data has been developed by Ohio University, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.
Within the 32-county Appalachian Ohio region, the wood industry’s economic impact was $5.23 billion, employing 26,051 individuals.
From the southern forestlands and lumber producers to the skilled furniture makers of the eastern counties, Appalachian Ohio’s forest and wood industries employ more than 26,000 workers and generate $5.2 billion each year toward the region’s economy.
Nearly 85 percent of the state’s commercial logging is in the Appalachian hardwood forests. The oak, hickory, maple, poplar, walnut and beech logs are highly valued both domestically and worldwide. In addition to logging, the region’s robust manufacturing supply chain includes pulp and paper, sawmilling, millwork and architectural products.
Hardwood Products Manufacturing
Eastern and southern Ohio’s hardwood forests have given rise to a robust wood products manufacturing industry and the supply chain and workforce for a strong future of growth and expansion.
Growing Ohio’s $24.9 billion wood industry is a commitment to continue utilizing the natural resources of the region. The Business Case for Hardwood Products describes the low cost of operations and tax advantages in rural Ohio. The existing facilities and available sites in the region back our intention.
Ohio’s Appalachian counties are home to the largest hardwood furniture manufacturing sector in the nation. The sector is comprised primarily of Amish furniture-making businesses whose products are in high demand at home and abroad.
Ohio’s annual economic contribution from the forest and wood sector is $24.9 billion. APEG provides technical support to this statewide industry group through its Forest to Furniture initiative.
FOREST TO FURNITURE