The West Virginia Hardwood Alliance Zone consists of nine counties in the heart of West Virginia’s hardwood region. We provide a competitive advantage to the hardwood industry business in relation to relocation, expansion, and development.
Three advantages set us apart from other locations: abundant natural resources located near major transportation, a highly skilled labor force available at competitive wages, and an outstanding quality of life.
The West Virginia Hardwood Alliance Zone is a major hardwood-producing region that sustains more than 200 hardwood manufacturing, processing and other wood-product operations.
The average hardwood timber growth in West Virginia is three times the amount of lumber that is harvested for production.
The West Virginia hardwood industry generates $3.2 billion annually to the state’s economy and employs more than 30,000 individuals in the workforce.
In 2014, the total value of exported West Virginia hardwood products exceeded $136 million.
The hardwood industry has been a part of West Virginia since its infancy and has transcended third and fourth generations of loggers and wood workers.
The West Virginia Wood Technology Center in Elkins, WV offers training and technical support to the industry within the West Virginia Hardwood Alliance Zone.
The West Virginia Hardwood Alliance Zone has access to rail and road infrastructure creating expedited services to send the product to major market areas, often within a half or one-day driving distance.
West Virginia is the third most heavily forested state in the U.S., with 98% of that forested land available for timber production.
West Virginia’s 12 million acres of forestland and 75 billion board feet of lumber inventory form the basis of the thriving wood industry. As one of the top wood-producing states, West Virginia puts out more than 700 million board feet of lumber, 770 million square feet of OSB, and 800 million square feet of veneer annually.