In 2014 in the 32-county Appalachian Ohio region, the wood industry’s economic impact was $5.23 billion, employing 26,051 individuals with wages and benefits totaling $1.17 billion. Each wood industry job created an additional 1.2 jobs.
- Hardwoods makeup 96 percent of Appalachian forests and are highly sought around the world.
- Nearly 85 percent of commercial logging and 60 percent of sawmill employees work in the region.
- The nation’s largest hardwood furniture manufacturing sector is in the region. It is primarily made up of Amish businesses in APEG’s eastern counties.
- Holmes, Ross, Vinton, Coshocton and Pike County’s wood industry clusters were the highest per capita contributors to Ohio’s economy in 2014.