WPE Lancaster benefits from Pennsylvania's formidable hardwoods industry
May 31, 2023 | 8:26 pm CDT
Pennsylvania Hardwood Forests

Pennsylvania has more than 16 million acres of forestland.

MANHEIM, Pa. – Pennsylvania, home of Wood Pro Expo Lancaster (WPEL), is hardwoods country.

The Keystone State has more than 16 million acres of forestland and is the most abundant source of hardwoods in the nation.

Not surprisingly, Pennsylvania forest products are a key component of the state’s economy. According to a 2018 study conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Team Pennsylvania, the industry has $21.5 billion in direct economic impact and $36 billion in indirect impact on the state’s economy. More than 65,000 Pennsylvanians — 10% of the state’s manufacturing workforce — are employed in the forest products industry.

Pennsylvania hardwoods are prized by wood products manufacturers around the globe for their quality, beauty, and variety. The state’s northern climate and shorter growing season translates into tighter growth rings making for lumber that is less likely to warp and twist after proper kiln drying.

Pennsylvania Hardwoods Inventory

More than 100 species of trees grow in Pennsylvania’s forest. The most sought-after species by furniture and cabinet makers include black cherry, red oak, white oak, hard maple, white ash, and walnut.

Pennsylvania hardwoods will be well represented on the expo floor by WPEL lumber producers and wood component manufacturers. For good measure, representatives of the Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council (PHDC) will hold court at booth 128. The PHDC is responsible for the development, expansion and promotion of the state's hardwoods industry. 

Each of the two days of the woodworking show is augmented by a conference, including new free courses sanctioned by the Architectural Institute of America. 

Wood Pro Expo Lancaster 2023
2023 Wood Pro Expo Lancaster Registration

About Wood Pro Expo 
Wood Pro Expo is a regional event for woodworking businesses that brings together suppliers and experts for a localized presentation of equipment and supply solutions. WPE includes a strong educational program on best practices for shop production and business management. The expo features a wide variety of equipment and supplies mainly geared to small and medium-sized shops.

Wood Pro Expo Lancaster takes place Oct. 12-13, 2023 at Spooky Nook Sports/Warehouse at the Nook in Manheim (Lancaster County), Pa. For information visit woodproexpolancaster.com. For exhibitor information contact Lewis Goldman at [email protected] or 800-969-2212. 

More upcoming Woodworking Network events 
Executive Briefing Conference, Sept. 26-28, 2023, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Wood Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS), Nov. 2-4, 2023, International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario.

Closets Conference & Expo / Wood Pro Expo Illinois, April 17-19, 2024, Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, Ill.

Salon Industriel du Bois Ouvré (SIBO Expo), Oct. 24-26, 2024, Centrexpo Cogeco, Drummondville, Quebec. 

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Rich Christianson is the owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his nearly 35-year career, Rich has toured more than 250 woodworking operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends. He has also directed and promoted dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars including the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, Canada’s largest woodworking show.