Obstacles in forest products industry

The Wilkes Journal-Patriot
October 18, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US East

North Wilkesboro, NC — National Forest Products Week is an appropriate time to consider an industry that has had an anchoring presence in the Wilkes County economy since … the early 1900s. …Demand for the county’s hardwood timber remains strong, but there has been a decline in the number of lumber mills here in recent years and now the timber procurement portion of this industry is suffering from a shortage of loggers. This … has become severe enough to force some lumber mills in the Wilkes area and across the state out of business. A recent study by researchers at N.C. State University on the forest products industry looked into this issue and found that it’s largely due to the physical demands and safety hazards of logging. …A negative factor that is unique to the Wilkes County area is a shift in operations at the Louisiana Pacific manufacturing complex in Roaring River.

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