Forestry & Wood Products

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The forestry and wood products industry in Ohio can be described as big business, small companies. It is a diverse group of companies engaged in growing, processing, and manufacturing products valued in excess of $7 billion. Ohio manufacturing firms employ more than 70,000 people generating approximately $1 billion in payroll.  The typical Ohio forest products business is a small- to medium-size firm with fewer than 20 employees.

Appalachian Ohio boasts the world’s finest hardwood lumber and the industry is driven by strong worldwide demand. With an abundant supply of timber and strong distribution networks via river, rail, and highway, Southern Ohio is also a perfect location for your next biofuel or biochemical project.  

Southern Ohio’s wood products companies provide jobs to over 1000 workers in south central Ohio while providing the world with products ranging from paper and hardwood floors to corks and wood chips used in the spirits industry.

Representative Forestry & Wood Products Employers
Employer Description Location Approx. # Employees in Region
Appalachian Wood Floors Hardwood floors and wood products Portsmouth, Ohio 120
Brown-Forman Cooperage Stave mill Wellston, Ohio 56
Glatfelter Carbonless forms and specialty papers Chillicothe, Ohio 1180
OCI Fine Appalachian Oaks Toasted oak chips and alternatives for wine makers Waverly, Ohio 26
Ohio Valley Veneer Hardwood floors and wood products Piketon, OH 200
Speyside Bourbon Cooperage New bourbon casks Jackson, Ohio 35
Taylor Lumber Worldwide Cut stock, resawing lumber, and planing McDermott, Ohio 270


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