PRINCETON, W.Va. – The Future of the Hardwood Industry conference will be held November 2 - 3, 2016 at the Wood Education and Resource Center in Princeton, West, Virginia.

Remaining competitive is difficult for domestic producers of hardwood lumber. The industry is still in the midst of a slow recovery from the recession seven years ago with residential housing markets making a slow comeback and offshore producers fighting to maintain and increase their share of the U.S. markets.

While many aspects of the current business climate cannot be controlled, leading companies always wonder what the future might bring. They try to understand the underlying principles, how they may work out, and where the opportunities to be taken advantage are.

With a focus on the U.S. hardwood industry, participants at the conference will hear leading industry experts explain their view of things to come, learn of business opportunities, compare their efforts with others in the industry, and discuss with industry experts.

Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service’s Wood Education and Resource Center, the National Hardwood Lumber Association, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Cooperative Extension and organized by Virginia Tech’s Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, the two-day conference will be of interest to anyone interested in manufacturing and marketing hardwood lumber, supplying logs or buying lumber.

Participants will also have an opportunity to visit Allegheny Lumber's Princeton lumber manufacturing facility and to network at the sponsored dinner.

For more information on Future of the Hardwood Industry conference, visit http://woodproducts.sbio.vt.edu/futurehardwoods/ or contact Urs Buehlmann, Virginia Tech at (540) 231-9759, or buehlmann@gmail.com.

Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.