West Virginia's 11 million acres of timberland make the state a wonderful location for the value-added wood products sector. Each of the state's 55 counties has some segment of the wood industry as an employer; in fact, the forest products sector is the largest employer in many of these counties. Major industry leaders with a presence in the state include Appalachian Wood Pellets, Inc., American Woodmark, Armstrong Wood Flooring, Columbia Forest Products, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Weyerhaeuser, and Jeld-Wen.
Over 75 % of the state's land area is forested. West Virginia's hardwood resources include oak, hickory, maple, beech, and birch. This amounts to 60 billion board feet of inventory, handled by over 200 logging companies, 100 sawmills, two major veneer mills, and nine hardwood dimension mills.
The West Virginia Wood Technology Center in Elkins offers a wide range of training and certification programs in advanced wood manufacturing technologies on state of the art, computerized equipment and partners with neighboring Fairmont State University in offering an associate degree in Wood Production Technology. The Center also provides incubator space for wood product start-up companies and offers machine rental time on its equipment to incubator tenants, as well as area wood businesses, in general.
West Virginia's 12 million acres of forestland and 75 billion board feet of timber inventory form the basis of a thriving wood industry. As one of the top wood-producing states in the nation, West Virginia outputs more than 700 million board feet of lumber, 770 million square feet of OSB, and 800 million square feet of veneer annually. The state ranks third nationally in percentage of forested land at 79 percent.