NELSONVILLE, Ohio – Appalachian Partnership, Inc. announced the launch of the new Ohio Wood Products website. Designed to be Ohio’s premier wood products resource, it is a unique hub where distinct sectors of the hardwood industry can easily connect. At the heart of the website is the Ohio Wood Products Directory with a GIS-enabled supply chain map that makes the industry more accessible.
âThe site and business directory is the culmination of hundreds of hours of work and thousands of miles across Ohio, visiting nearly every store and factory in the database,â said Frank Roberts. , Head of Wood Products Program at API. âThere is now a single working platform that connects and directs users around the world to our much sought-after hardwoods and craftsmanship from Ohio. “
â’Wood Works Here’ was chosen as the central message for the launch of the new website because it conveys the real value of Ohio hardwoods across a very broad spectrum,â said Roberts. âOhio’s well-managed hardwoods work not only in Ohio, but around the world, for the environment as well as for the economy. ”
The Ohio hardwood industry includes lumber, logging, lumber brokerage, pallets, mulch, paper, hardwood floors, furniture, musical instruments, coffins and more.
Transforming standing timber into these products and services requires a diverse pool of talent, transportation, and technology. The on-site supply chain database has over 1,600 companies and 300 sawmills represented, and growing steadily. The directory’s GIS map identifies and connects hardwood suppliers, master loggers, artisans and products.
Hundreds of millions of board feet of oak, hickory, walnut, maple and birch are harvested each year in the Appalachian region of Ohio and are found across the country and around the world, and more a billion board feet of wood are grown in its place.
Good timber harvesting is not limited to large forests. Private landowners who decide to sell timber on their land learn that professional timber harvesting can mean greater profit, minimal disruption to their property, and faster and better regrowth. Wood even works for private owners.
The new site was created to help strengthen the often underserved hardwood economy of Appalachian Ohio and to help connect and streamline its supply chain. Ohio’s hardwood industry contributes more than $ 24 billion to the state’s economy each year, employs more than 120,000 people, and is home to the nation’s largest hardwood furniture manufacturing sector .
âA lot of people are surprised to learn how big the impact of Ohio hardwood is,â Roberts noted. âFor example, Hochstetler Wood Ltd., an Amish furniture maker right here in Millersburg, Ohio, supplies furniture to two major national restaurant chains with hundreds of locations across the United States. They chose wood furniture. made in the United States rather than plastics and other foreign materials. “
âThe Ohio Wood Products website and interactive database are an easy-to-use tool for members of the forest products industry in Ohio and surrounding states,â said Brad Perkins, executive director of the Ohio Forestry Association. âLoggers, sawmills, furniture makers and other forest product companies can use this website to find the right sources of raw materials for their business and to improve the marketing of their products. “
Ohio Wood Products, part of Appalachian Partnership, Inc., is a non-profit economic development organization based in Nelsonville, Ohio. Its mission is to foster sustainable and widely shared prosperity in Appalachian Ohio by helping to develop the region’s private sector business economy. Learn more at http://OhioWoodProducts.com.